Build the Trans Canada Trail off-road, not on-road!

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Whereas the Trans Canada Trail was to be constructed on the town-owed abandoned railway right of way, the Council of the Town of New Tecumseth, is now investigating a route along municipal roads between the 11th and 14th Concession of New Tecmseth. This has come about because of pressure from the agricultural community who expressed concern with trespassing, pesticide applications, maintenance of ditches and fences, and maintenance of the trail itself.

While most of these concerns apply whether the trail is off-road or on-road, and for which solutions can be implemented, it will be much more economical and desirable to build the trail off-road. In addition, the Town will qualify for Trans Canada Trail and PanAm Legacy funding. The Town of New Tecumeth is not eligible to apply for this funding, if the trail is built on roads, and construction costs will therefore be a higher burden on the tax base.

For walker, hikers, bikers, equestrians and snowmobilers (where permitted), an off-road trail will without a doubt be the safest and most attractive location. The off-road trail crosses the Nottawasaga River and the Beeton Creek, which are 2 exceptionally beautiful locations.

The off-road trail passes through intensive agricultural lands, but in most places there is an adequate vegetation buffer separating the trail from the farm fields and from the few residences along the trail. Additional vegetative buffers, tree plantings, fencing and gated livestock crossings are part of the solutions being offered to adjacent landowners.

When completed, the 26 km section of the Trans Canada Trail through the Town of New Tecumseth will close the gap in the Trans Canada Trail between the Caledon Trail and the Thornton-Cookstown Trans Canada Trail, approx. 90 km north of Toronto.

Please attend the council meeting on April 7, 2014 at 7:00, 10 Wellington Street East Alliston, ON L9R 1A1 to express your concern. And/or sign this petition in support of this important recreational benefit to our town.

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