An ATV Trail! Really CBRM?
The residents (Constituents) of District 9/10 went to public meetings and filled out surveys over the last 10 years to say "WE DON'T WANT ATVs IN OUR BACKYARDS (LITERALLY)". Public money was spent to distribute these "Active Transportation" surveys and hold public meetings and committee meetings regarding this trail under the guise of building an Active Transportation trail for the residents. I assume that the money spent was coming from the Active Transportation budget ($333,000 per year for 20 years = $6.6 million). I am waiting for confirmation but transparency doesn't seem to be a thing here in CBRM.
ATVs (off-road vehicles in general) have been causing problems (police calls and deaths) in CBRM for years and for some reason the CBRM council (pre 2020) decided to disregard the wants and needs of the community and push the agenda of a small group (ATV Association) and build an ATV trail right through our backyards. This allows ATVs (non-essential toys) from all over the island to come drive through our backyards. This is not needed and not wanted by residents and property taxpayers along this trail.
Here we see a death and injury, increasing police response and hospital visits. Also a statement of concern from Police Services about the issue around ATVs: Cape Breton Post
In today's post we see on the front page of another young man killed on an ATV. These reports are constant.
We don't need this off-road culture fostered in our community
This ATV Trail running right through the heart of our community will forever depreciate the value of our property so the questions are now:
- Will CBRM reduce our tax bills to reflect the detrimental effect this ATV Trail will likely have on our property values?
- Will CBRM compensate property owners for lost value. This can be up to 28% when considering the original plan was to build an active transportation trail vs. an ATV Trail. This is $28,000 on a $100,000 property value.
This is considerable and all taxpayers, regardless of where you live in CBRM, will have foot the bill if the compensation if it is secured.
It is bad enough that CBRM is spending Federal and Municipal tax dollars on an ATV Trail but to run it through dense residential backyards and declare that they can drive through our backyards until 11:00pm...well this is outright ludicrous and questionable behavior IMHO.
The Battle Has Just Begun Now That CBRM Has Officially Taken Over The Property