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The signpost that once stood on the junction of Bulkhead Drive and Khyber Pass in Warwick highlighting the historical significance of the Railway Way Trail has been lying in the dust for several months.

It is symptomatic of the problems that plague the neighbourhood and a section of the trail that is frequently subject to illegal dumping of stolen bikes, mattress, garden waste and even air conditioning units.

The charity Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) knows the area as one of the Island's dumping “hot spots” and routinely carries out major clean-up operations as often as twice a year.

But despite its mission to raise public awareness and deter those responsible for discarding their rubbish on the verges of the trail it continues to be a major problem for residents and walkers.

“This has been an ongoing problem for sometime,” said KBB's director Anne Hyde.

“People target the area because it is isolated and think they can get away with it. We have even looked at erecting a chain-link fence in the area but that would detract from the beauty and benefits of the surrounding land.

“It's become an eye sore despite attempts to clean it up, and it's not fair on the residents or those who like to use this part of the trail.

Local residents have contacted Government about the state of the trail where it meets Bulkhead Drive, but they say their calls for action have fallen on deaf ears.

Sue Garland told The Royal Gazette: ‘It's just such a shame. It's a mess.

“People are dumping all manner of trash, mopeds, air conditioning units, construction materials and suitcases down the side of the Railway Trail.

“It spoils it for everyone else who enjoys to walk this particular stretch.

“I can't believe it has got to the stage where this kind of dumping has become the norm in Bermuda. We really need to do better.

“At the moment we are spoiling the most beautiful parts of the Island by needlessly dumping trash instead of taking it to where it should go.”

Neglected and overgrown. The Bermuda Railway Trail in Khyber Pass, Warwick needs some TLC. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Neglected and overgrown. The Bermuda Railway Trail in Khyber Pass, Warwick needs some TLC (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published August 12, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 12, 2015 at 2:17 am)

Concern over illegal dumping ‘hot spot’

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