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LETTER: Questioning the purpose of a Carbonear walking trail

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Dear editor,

Why is the Knox’s Hole walking trail following along the river and bringing people pollution to what was a pristine untouched river for hundreds of years?

Adjacent, and parallel to the river, only 400 feet away, is the abandoned railway branch line built in 1913 to Bay de Verde? It is part of the same railway track system that the town converted into a walking trail on the south side of the town. Why didn’t the town do the same on this old railway bed, instead of disturbing the virgin forest of the Main Brook?

Is what's really being constructed an alternate route for cabin owners to use dirt bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs and other quads to get to their cabins in behind Carbonear without being apprehended by the police for using the public roadway?

This trail is in a heavily isolated forest area and some may be nervous using it. People are already questioning the security of the new drain-pipe tunnel where one must enter into the pipe where it goes under Route 70 to be able to access the Knox’s Hole trail. Local trappers have been setting coyote traps for years in the very vicinity of the Knox’s Hole trail.

The town is singling out certain people to name these trails after. What have some of them ever done to contribute to the growth of the town? Were they merely born here, lived their life elsewhere, buried elsewhere and never contributed one iota, or one penny to the town? There are many local folk — woodsmen, horsemen and fishermen — who have contributed significantly to the growth of the town, yet go unrecognized.

Singling out people for their own personal achievements could be better accomplished in other ways, like having the family contribute to a bench along the trail with an engraved plaque. What should have been a community event bringing the community together is polarizing the community.

The town has picked on the Barrys going back to the 1960s, running town main water lines through our property, and now hiking trails. Never any compensation, nor even a thank you.

Most brazenly, only a year ago, the Town wanted me to pay survey costs so I could have an easement on my own property.

I do not see the town going into Gunner’s Pond and enforcing any buffer zone on the people who have built homes recently around Gunner’s Pond.

Bill Barry,
Carbonear

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