Fury as Blackburn nature trail 'torn up' by quad bikes and mini motos

Blackburn Citizen: The damaged Arran Trail The damaged Arran Trail

A ONCE beloved nature trail in Blackburn has been ‘torn up’ by mini motos and quad bikes, leaving dog walkers ‘furious’.

The Arran Trail, which lies between Shadsworth estate and Haslingden Old Road in Knuzden, is being used as a track for mini motos and quad bikes and concerned residents say that it is ruining the terrain.

A Shadsworth resident said: “I’m no killjoy, and I’m not interested in spoiling anyone’s fun, but this is just ridiculous.

“I walk my dog here almost every day and on Saturday I saw two children and an adult on quad bikes, so it’s not even like it’s just kids messing around. It’s a real mess. They’ve torn up almost every path around the ponds and I’ve started avoiding walking up there because it is so bad.

“I’m furious about it and it’s a real shame because it used to be so nice here.”

The four-hectare reserve was once a beacon of pride for the residents of the Shadsworth and Knuzden alike, but recently the site has been plagued by problems.

Reports of pollution to the brook that runs through it and drug use in the area have pointed to it’s recent decline but the site has so far remained popular with dog walkers.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police confirmed that they were aware of the problem of mini motos that are being used on the Arran Trail and causing a nuisance to residents.

Shadsworth with Whitebirk councillor Jim Shorrock said: “I’m aware of the state of the Arran Trail and I sympathise with dog walkers because it really is getting difficult to walk round there at the moment.

“The Arran Trail problem is a long-standing issue because of pollution, anti-social behaviour and now these bikes.

“We are hoping to be able to improve the trail and get it back to where it was,” he added. “We are hoping to receive some funding to make improvements to the area, including creating proper entrances to the site, carrying out essential maintenance to paths and ensuring that grass growth is kept under control.”

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1:28pm Wed 5 Mar 14

thehobbitofossy says...

It would help if all the "dog walkers" cleared their mess up too
It would help if all the "dog walkers" cleared their mess up too thehobbitofossy
  • Score: 9

1:39pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Happy-Dude says...

thehobbitofossy wrote:
It would help if all the "dog walkers" cleared their mess up too
I know, especially when the poo gets stuck to mini motos wheels and splats everywhere, its disgusting...you are obviously someone with these silly mini motos trying to defend yourself by throwing another issue out of the bag, I agree with your dog poo issue but there are more serious issues to be raised like mini motos, drugs, pollution etc
[quote][p][bold]thehobbitofossy[/bold] wrote: It would help if all the "dog walkers" cleared their mess up too[/p][/quote]I know, especially when the poo gets stuck to mini motos wheels and splats everywhere, its disgusting...you are obviously someone with these silly mini motos trying to defend yourself by throwing another issue out of the bag, I agree with your dog poo issue but there are more serious issues to be raised like mini motos, drugs, pollution etc Happy-Dude
  • Score: 19

3:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

thehobbitofossy says...

fortunately I have never had a motorbike, quad bike or mini moto, just sick have having to avoid dog nuggets whenever I walk. I'm sorry you are upset but dog walkers should get their own house in order before they start having a go at others.
fortunately I have never had a motorbike, quad bike or mini moto, just sick have having to avoid dog nuggets whenever I walk. I'm sorry you are upset but dog walkers should get their own house in order before they start having a go at others. thehobbitofossy
  • Score: -6

4:07pm Wed 5 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

Ignorant parents with chavvy lawless kids letting their charges tear up public land on minimotos quads etc that's what it is. The bikes should be taken off the kids and they and their parents should have those bikes crushed in front of them to make an example and teach them a lesson in decency and manners and the consequences of not following them.
Ignorant parents with chavvy lawless kids letting their charges tear up public land on minimotos quads etc that's what it is. The bikes should be taken off the kids and they and their parents should have those bikes crushed in front of them to make an example and teach them a lesson in decency and manners and the consequences of not following them. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 25

6:24pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Happy-Dude says...

thehobbitofossy wrote:
fortunately I have never had a motorbike, quad bike or mini moto, just sick have having to avoid dog nuggets whenever I walk. I'm sorry you are upset but dog walkers should get their own house in order before they start having a go at others.
That's ok, however you cant put all dog owners in the same basket as you can with all mini moto users, not all dog owners leave poo everywhere but ALL mini motos are destroying land in the very same way, so not really the same thing is it??
[quote][p][bold]thehobbitofossy[/bold] wrote: fortunately I have never had a motorbike, quad bike or mini moto, just sick have having to avoid dog nuggets whenever I walk. I'm sorry you are upset but dog walkers should get their own house in order before they start having a go at others.[/p][/quote]That's ok, however you cant put all dog owners in the same basket as you can with all mini moto users, not all dog owners leave poo everywhere but ALL mini motos are destroying land in the very same way, so not really the same thing is it?? Happy-Dude
  • Score: 8

2:04am Thu 6 Mar 14

Stone Island: says...

Shadsworth; enough said.
Shadsworth; enough said. Stone Island:
  • Score: 3

3:40am Thu 6 Mar 14

Happy-Dude says...

Stone Island: wrote:
Shadsworth; enough said.
No its "chavs"worth
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: Shadsworth; enough said.[/p][/quote]No its "chavs"worth Happy-Dude
  • Score: 3

5:50pm Thu 6 Mar 14

sen c b l says...

I'll leave it to the indigenous to mess this country up.
I'll leave it to the indigenous to mess this country up. sen c b l
  • Score: -1

10:10am Fri 7 Mar 14

what goes around comes around says...

Shad strikes again......!
Shad strikes again......! what goes around comes around
  • Score: 1

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