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Simon - I agree wi.. by Bleck Cra   (Show all posts)
Bleck Cra
2011-02-27 22:04:13
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THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO LA LA LAND
Thinking of a stroll up the Annalong, to enjoy the unspoilt beauty? Think again. What you will see are the instruments of an unwanted, pointless and expensive exercise. A team of diggers, owned by the contractor, appointed by the Mourne Heritage Trust, run by the Environment Agency, part of something else, that swallowed the fly.
An “initiative” to repair damage – I ask you – repair damage to mountain tracks! Ah but worse - in order to polyfilla eternity, the MHT is using granite from Percy Bysshe quarry. So what is the problem?” Answer: no one asked you. No one asked if you want geography and history “repaired” and the complexion of this idyll changed forever. No one asked you if you like the rickety track the way it is; or the old quarry - our heritage. No one asked you if you could spend money better, when perhaps, like me, you know people who have neither job nor home to go to. Colour to monochrome; romantic to gothic; animate to arid.
Did it go like this? Someone with an interest makes an application; not with any real research of views. The application is dealt with by people who know little of anything other than applications. It passes the tick box test and goes up the ladder for some reason. It then goes out to consultation to bodies most of us have never heard of, but so long as they have “green” or “universe” or “sustainable” in their title. Like the “Society for Little Green Men” or the “Destruction of the Universe Army” or “The Sustainable Smog Chimneys of Chicago Group”. Never once was I or anyone I walk with, consulted. You and I are regular hillwalkers: we are out in the hills at every opportunity and in whose hostelries, eating houses and hotels we spend our money. So our opinions matter.
Did we want the ridiculous steps up Slieve Donard? No - evidenced by no one using them. Did we want an expensive tombstone stuck on the Bloody Bridge Track telling us the Mourne Wall is up the way? Pur-lease.
My dear old sparring chum maclimber (though at 49 not so old but older than I) who is involved in this…. “thing”, must know better than to try to silence debate by referring to the Heritage Trust puff. Anyone agree with me - please speak to me through the messaging service.
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