Corridors through urban areas should be permitted for ATV use. That’s the resolution that the Municipality of East Hants will be putting forward to the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities at its fall meeting.
The Yarmouth County Trail Development Association and South West Nova ATV Association have asked the Municipality of Yarmouth to support a resolution that would allow corridors through urban areas for ATV use.
The Yarmouth County Trail Development Association and South West Nova ATV Association have asked the Municipality of Yarmouth to support this resolution.
Their interest lies in connecting the north and south shore trails along Water Street in Yarmouth.
“I’m definitely in favour of supporting that motion at the UNSM,” said councillor Trevor Cunningham.
“I guess the reason is I believe it would promote some economic activity and also allow people to enjoy the natural environment with ATVs. The vast majority of those ATV owners are responsible people.
“I’m sure that the Town of Yarmouth can go forward in some positive way, given the opportunity to allow ATVs to move from the terminus of one rail corridor to the start of another. I think it’s an opportunity to be had all across the province,” he added.
In the request letter to council, Lloyd Wallis, vice-president of the Yarmouth County Trail Development Association, said the organization has developed 87 kilometres of rail bed in Yarmouth County.
He added that town/municipal bylaws in other parts of Canada allowing ATVs on designated roads have proven successful.
A motion to recommend acceptance of the request will be brought forward at the Sept. 25 council meeting.
The Region of Queens Municipality recently shot down the idea of allowing ATV's to use the Trestle Trail Bridge and the former rail line leading to Bog Road in Liverpool.
Councillor Brian Fralic said he would have liked to explore how other communities have addressed the issues and the benefits they have seen.
"We have not done our job to explore the benefits of this trail," he said.
"We have 30,000 registered users of ATV's in Nova Scotia. If they were coming in by any other mode, we would be all over this. But because a few people don't want them, we are failing to consider how this would even benefit us."
Brian Hatt, president of the Queens ATV Association, said he was disappointed but said at least they have a decision. They will look at going north from Brooklyn to find a way to cross the Mersey River and bypass Liverpool.
Click here to read the article in the Liverpool Advance.