A BOWENFELS reader has taken the Mercury and its correspondents to task over recent complaints about the public nuisance created by trail bike and quad bike activity in the paddocks around Landa Street.
She wrote that she was disgusted at the complaints made by anonymous people.
She said her husband, sons, daughters and ‘numerous adults and children’ ride there, never before 10am or after 6pm, and her neighbours ‘have no problems with it’. She continued that at least she knows where her children are when they are out riding, then the familiar comments about ‘nothing for children to do in Lithgow’. There’s no doubt that trail bike riding is a fun activity for the people involved in it but it’s no fun for anyone within earshot.
Trail bike riders do indeed have a right to their enjoyment but not at the cost of a total invasion of the privacy of the wider community.
There are few noises more offensive than the constant clatter of trail bikes.
It should be pointed out that the published complaints referred not just to the Landa Street area but also around Littleton and Hermitage Flat.
It’s unfortunate that some years ago a plan by Lithgow Council to ban trail bikes within five kilometres of urban areas finished up in the too hard basket.
Without that it appears sections of the community will continue to be afflicted by those who consider it their God given right to be annoying.