Your Right - A Few Can Ruin It For Everyone Else

Lesley Lockstein

By Lesley Lockstein

With respect to the recent letter sent into the Simcoe & Tillsonburg paper in regards to the noise bylaw issue in Norfolk County, your right, it does only take a few to ruin it for everyone else but let’s make sure that EVERYONE knows the story.
Inconsiderate? Ignorant? Before we purchased our property we went and looked through the house, walked the land and talked to the original homeowners. We also talked to the neighbours that would be affected the most by the bikes (unfortunately neighbours can change). It was noted by all of them that the property had for years been used for kids to ride bikes/quads on. No one had an issue with what we wanted to do. That is why we purchased it – the only reason why. Maybe others should have asked around and talked to the people that lived in the area too – then they would have known what they were getting themselves into. Not to mention when we met any new neighbours we told them what was happening and said that if at any time they had company and didn’t want hear bikes all they had to was ask and we would stop. Instead we were visited by police. And please, it is not a “facility” it is a personal dirt bike track – call it what it is. And just as a note – not one of our bikes uses race fuel. So what you smell is good old regular gas – typical of a rural area.
I also believe my parenting has absolutely nothing to do with a noise bylaw but since it has been brought to question I feel the need to respond. One of my children was Student Council President, two of my children received the athletic award, one recently received the Model Student Award, they get good grades and any comments I have ever received from any teachers is that they are nice, respectful kids that are always upbeat and willing to help anyone. They do not drink or do drugs. You can ask anyone who has ever met them – they are great kids! And yes, kids should be taught morals and values. But along with that they need to be taught to stand up for what they believe in, to stand up for their family, their friends and their friends’ families. I’m pretty sure I’m doing an ok job there. Maybe people should get to know someone and know all the facts before they judge.
I would also like to note that we no longer even ride on the track – our schedules are full with vacation, work and the kids working summer jobs. The only exception is our 7 year old he might go around the “outside” of the track once in a while and his riding trips usually last about 10 to 20 minutes then he is done.
Why is anyone still pressing an issue that doesn’t even exist? If people actually looked back where the track is instead of gawking at my family the hundred times they drive by in a day or checked that video surveillance they have on me and my children they would notice that you can’t even tell there is track back there, it is overgrown with weeds – BECAUSE NO ONE RIDES IT. If they have a problem with me and my family target ME not my kids or the people of the county. That’s why I’m standing up. Not because I feel guilty or like I did something wrong but because I care about things that can negatively affect others. I don’t want to see everyone suffer when it’s me that they have a problem with.
This is a neighbour issue (which I’m still having a hard time with – because it is a non-issue for the amount my kids actually ride – it’s basically a neighbour unwilling to compromise and allow these kids to do what they love), why waste the readers time with all this, why waste Norfolk County Councils time (again and again)?

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