Victoria residents concerned about possible all-purpose trail
Concerns proposed location provides numerous safety issues
We don’t want to see anyone get hurt because of this trail or, heaven forbid, get killed.
— Art Kelloway
Some residents of Victoria have concerns about the safety of an all-purpose trail that may be coming to the community in the future.
In early to mid-2017, the beginning stages of a trail that would run through Victoria began, with some brush clearing taking place and ground work being carried out by an outside group.
By following this trail, one would find themselves coming up to Hillview Drive, as well as Route 70 — a major highway that runs through the community, and one that sees plenty of traffic on a daily basis from residents and people passing through the community.
The purpose of the trail is to provide Victoria with an allpurpose path, usable by those on off-road vehicles, as well as those who would prefer to travel by foot.
However, there are a number of residents in the area who saw some immediate problems with the trail. They have since come together as a concerned citizens group, with some members also taking on a role in the ad hoc Trail Committee – a group that was put into place after it was discovered there were no permits in place for work to begin on the trail. They now meet with one another to discuss the future of the trail.
Art Kelloway is one such resident. His property comes quite close to the edge of the trail, and he has been an outspoken member of the community for quite some time as he works with council and residents as the town pursues this endeavour.
“We asked the town to put a stop work order on it when we saw what was happening, and they did,” said Kelloway. “We discovered there were no permits in place for any of this, and it was just a group of people who got together to do it. We’ve had a couple of meetings with this ad hoc Committee with the intentions of finding an alternate route.
“We said (the current) route right now will never fly, because you’d have people coming out on to the main streets in their off-road vehicles. We wanted to go looking for an alternate route in order to avoid those issues.”
The issues Kelloway noted mainly revolved around safety. As people make use of the trail, they would soon approach Route 70 and, in order to continue along the trail, would have
Carbonear Academy Grade 7-8 students finally got to see their fundraising efforts to honour the memory of local war veterans pay off.
Earlier this month, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 member Leslie Forward dropped by the school with commemorative banners the students paid for through a variety of fundraising events.
Each banner recognized a local veteran from the Second World War.
Grade 7 students chose a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Arthur Nicholl, while the Grade 8s selected Elizabeth Swain from the Canadian Women’s Army Corp.
The banners were displayed in the school’s foyer for a few days before they were attached to utility poles on Water Street. The first batch of banners were unveiled last summer, with a variety of local businesses offering to sponsor them with a $200 donation, with $10 supporting the Military Family Resource Centre.
From the left, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 Carbonear member Leslie Forward helps Carbonear Academy students Destiny Nowak and Jayden Pike display the new banner honouring Royal Canadian Air Force veteran Arthur Nicholl.