Last year we had visitors living on the river and it caused quite a lot of indignation with many locals. The idea of unknown amounts of human waste going who knows where, was a particular point of contention. Being right on the river there was nobody who could legally deal with the issue, so nothing was done. One thing is certain, residents do not want to encourage vehicles or public camping on the river, and certainly not a long time residency as we saw last year.
A good solution was never found – that is, until two weeks ago. The mystery of where the apparent “road blocks” (see earlier story) were coming from is now solved. As it turns out, several residents hit on the idea of blocking road access of camper vehicles to the river, but had different ideas about how to do it.
One person wanted to dig a trench. However that would have made it impossible for even legitimate visitors to get to that part of the river with a vehicle. The other had a better idea – get Argo Road Maintenance to dump a load of fill so as to restrict access to shorter vehicles. The concept might need a bit of fine tuning, but now a motor home or large camper cannot get through, whereas smaller vehicles can.
So, at least one of our Coalmont Mysteries™ is no longer a puzzle. Let’s hope this also solves the problem of “extended occupancy” by campers on the river. It looks like it might. §