Vic­to­ria res­i­dents con­cerned about pos­si­ble all-pur­pose trail

Con­cerns pro­posed lo­ca­tion pro­vides numer­ous safety is­sues

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS

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.

Im­me­di­ate prob­lems

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.”

Safety

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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