The Minister of Public Works Michael Weeks wishes to clarify the proposal to use a section of Astwood Park for a youth scrambling programme.
The Minister stressed that it’s only a proposal and that plans for the area are still being formulated and currently in draft form. He also said that what has “been proposed is not a ‘scrambling track’ as such and would be better described as a small, circular and flat ‘kiddie track’ for peddle bikes and motorized bikes for 4-8 year olds.”
A statement issued said: “Furthermore, since there has been some confusion regarding which section of the park could be used for this purpose, the Minister would like to clarify for public information that it is the area known as the “Big Green”, located on the bank north of South Road.
“Photos have been attached to depict the area itself [photo above] as well as the turn off from South Road [on your right if you’re coming from Hamilton] which would need to be made in order to reach the area [photo below].
“It is the intent of The Department of Parks to clean up the area for the residents and also create a dog park in that location,” said the statement.
Minister Weeks said: “This is by no means a ‘fait accompli’. The MP for the area Minister of Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy the Hon. Marc Bean JP MP will continue to canvass the residents of the area to solicit feedback before making any final decisions. At this point Minister Bean has only worked with the residents who are putting the plan together.”
“Furthermore, Government greatly appreciates the common sense approach offered by Opposition Sen. Michael Fahy in terms of getting a better understanding of the project before casting judgment.”
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