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Campaigners back ATV consultation plan

A campaign group has supported the Bermuda Government’s decision to hold public consultation on a plan to allow quad bike tours on the Railway Trail.

Take Back Our Park said the proposal “goes against the clear spirit of the Parks Act”.

The group said: “As far as we are concerned, if this happens, it would represent the thin edge of the wedge, opening up the possibility for similar activities and the use of motorised vehicles in other beaches and parks.

“We are not against people enjoying new experiences nor are we against people setting up a new business, but we have to show compassion for our surroundings.

“We have to strike the right balance. We must make sure that these new activities are sustainable in that they do not negatively impact the island’s natural resources, and are in keeping with Bermuda’s character.”

The group added: “We would urge people to make sure their voices are heard and to respond with an overwhelming ‘no’ during this consultation.”

Former OBA environment minister Sylvan Richards had approved a plan to introduce ATV tours to the Railway Trail in Somerset, utilising Scaur Hill Fort Park and Hog Bay Park.

However, residents and environmental groups have raised concerns about the proposal.

Last week, Government announced that it would be seeking public input on the issue.

Members of the public can submit their comments online at www.gov.bm/proposed-change-use-scaur-hill-fort-park-and-hog-bay-park or sent to the Parks Department e-mail at parkspublicconsultation@gov.bm.