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Bay bridge? Not in my back yard

A plan to construct a bridge over Bailey's Bay has sparked objections from at least one area resident concerned about a lack of consultation.

Elizabeth Adderley said she had submitted a written objection to the Planning Department over concerns about the impact of the proposal on both the shoreline and her privacy.

“I'm not angry,” she said. “I'm just concerned with the impact on Bermuda, that this is going to be another one of these public-private partnerships that we will regret down the road.”

Last month, the Department of Planning submitted an application to erect a pedestrian bridge over the Hamilton Parish bay using the existing railway trestles, linking two sections of the Railway Trail.

The proposal is set to be funded by the Friends of the Bermuda Railway Trail, who have been working to restore and maintain the trails. A representative for the group, Tucker Murphy, said the bridge is hoped to encourage walkers and bikers to use the eastern section of the historic trail.

However Ms Adderley said the impact of the development goes beyond the bay itself.

“The development extends past the bay, 50m or so beyond where the trestles meet the land,” she said. “I don't think the public realise that. It stops at the eastern side, but it continues to the west along the shoreline in front of three people's houses before it stops by a little beach.

“It's going to have a huge impact on the shoreline. It's 54in high on both sides. I'm going to have to look down on it from my house. This trail is within a few feet from the front of my home.”

She also stated that she neither she nor her neighbours had not been contacted about the proposal, despite their proximity to the site.

“None of us have been contacted by the powers that be. No one has approached us,” she said.

She also expressed concern that the bridge would diminish her privacy with increasing numbers of people walking, cycling and riding horses directly outside her home.

“I live on the Railway Trail. I realise that, but it hasn't been a problem,” she said. “It hasn't been maintained for 25 years so it's impassable to that area.

“Mr Murphy said that the Railway Trail would be a place for respite after work, but don't I deserve quiet respite in my own home?”

Contacted regarding the concerns yesterday, Mr Murphy said he has reached out to Ms Adderley and they will meet soon to discuss the matter.

Homeowner Elizabeth Adderley is concerned about the plans to build a pedestrian bridge across Bailey's Bay. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published October 04, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 04, 2013 at 1:06 am)

Bay bridge? Not in my back yard

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