LONDONDERRY — Walking trails winding around a residential area may suit some, but residents of one local adult neighborhood say planned trails are too close for comfort.
Residents of the Nevins residential community said public trails originally appearing on the plan for their development would be too close to their homes.
Most residents want the trails removed from the plan.
Moose Hill Council Chambers was filled last week with Nevins homeowners all hoping to convince the Town Council to remove a walking trail easement from their development plan, something put in place prior to the beginning of the Nevins project and something town officials once hoped would be good for the public.
There are 128 homeowners in the Nevins community off Mercury Drive. Homes are detached and are for older residents.
When the development was planned a decade ago, the Planning Board approved putting walking trails around the perimeter of the property for both residents and the public to enjoy.
Attorney Morgan Hollis spoke on behalf of Nevins residents and said people living there have concerns.
“This is an open invitation for the public to come onto the property,” he said.
Residents petitioned the town to release its rights to the walking trail easement. That would release the public right to use any trails put in place.
Some residents said their homes were built after the trail easement was put on the plan. Portions of the planned trail often fall only 15 to 20 feet from buildings.
The Nevins trail story has a lot of history.
Town Council Chairman John Farrell said when the plan was first envisioned, it almost became a family subdivision, not just one for older residents.
The trails were put on the map to serve not only the people who eventually would buy homes there, but also to support the town’s mission to make Londonderry a walking community with many trails and plenty of open space.