The Department of Environment says a walking trail built in violation of the Clean Environment Act on Health Minister Victor Boudreau’s proposed mega campsite in Shediac will be inspected as soon as the weather permits.
The landowner, the Anglican Parish of Shediac, had started building the first section of the trail with an expired watercourse and wetland alteration permit back in 2015.
A stop work order was issued and the church applied for a new permit before resuming the project.
But now a second section of the trail, that sits in the middle of several waterways that drain into a wetland, has gone up without so much as a permit application — a mistake, according to the province.
“The Anglican Parish did not apply for a WAWA permit for the T2 segment as they were informed by our department that they would not require one,” said Marc André Chiasson, communications officer for the Department of Environment. “Which was an error on the part of the department.”
The admission came after repeated questions from Pointe-du-Chêne residents, who argue the trail should have never been built there in the first place. The new section of the trail connects Pointe-du-Chêne Road, just next to the estuary, to Parlee Beach Road.
“This parcel of land is a wetland,” said Arthur Melanson, who lives near Pointe-du-Chêne. “The vegetation that’s there is vegetation that grows into wetlands. And also there’s standing water in…
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