Pooper’s ac­tions cause stink

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - KATY JONES

There’s anger among cy­clists af­ter ap­par­ently hu­man ex­cre­ment was left on a track de­signed to show­case the Tas­man land­scape.

Rich­mond man Ge­off Cameron was cy­cling along the Pugh Rd sec­tion of the Great Taste Trail in Hope on Satur­day morn­ing, with five other peo­ple, when they made the dis­cov­ery.

‘‘We’d just left our friend’s place and got onto the track ... and sit­ting slap bang in the mid­dle of the track was this pile of fae­ces.

‘‘It wasn’t dog poo be­cause you could see that some­one’s used a tis­sue, and left the tis­sue there.’’

Cameron, who cy­cled the sec­tion of track most week­ends, said he had never en­coun­tered such a thing. He de­scribed the cul­prit as a low-life.

‘‘Why would any­one do it? It’s a very open sec­tion of the road there, they could have even gone over to the other side of the road, close to some bushes and done it in there, that would be dis­gust­ing enough.

‘‘But to do it so bla­tantly in the open, it beg­gars be­lief.’’

The Great Taste Trail is a 175-kilo­me­tre loop cy­cle and walk­way through Nel­son, Wake­field, the Motueka Val­ley and Ma­pua.

Trail man­ager Josh Aldridge de­scribed the in­ci­dent as ‘‘pretty dis­gust­ing’’ and ‘‘un­nec­es­sary’’.

It was the first time he had heard of such an oc­cur­rence.

Aldridge said there were plenty of toi­let stops avail­able for peo­ple us­ing the track.

‘‘There’s prob­a­bly places to stop ev­ery 10, 15 kilo­me­tres on the Great Taste Trail. It’s not a back coun­try trail.’’

‘‘Hope­fully they can hold on un­til they find some­where suit­able.’’

Aldridge said the Nel­son Tas­man Cy­cle Trails Trust had a main­te­nance con­tract with Tas­man Dis­trict Coun­cil to main­tain the track.

He hadn’t been no­ti­fied about Satur­day’s dis­cov­ery, as it wasn’t re­ported through those chan­nels, he said.

Any such in­ci­dent should be re­ported to the coun­cil’s ser­vice desk or through www.heartof­bik­ing.org.nz

BRADEN FASTIER/NEL­SON MAIL

The Great Taste Trail at Ruby Bay, Tas­man, and trail man­ager Josh Aldridge, be­low.

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