Proposed Solution: Neshaminy Creek Trail and Wildlife Corridor
Side-By-Side Comparison Of
SEPTA Right of Way (Newtown Rail Trail), Neshaminy Creek Trail, Wildlife Corridor
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The Neshaminy Creek, which runs along the northern and eastern edges of Northampton Township, is an ideal spot for a bike and jogging trail. Although connectivity can be accomplished by both the rail route and the Neshaminy Creek trail, the Neshaminy route avoids controversy and disruption to neighbors and offers economic benefit to Northampton Township. The SEPTA Newtown Right of Way has grown into a wildlife corridor nestled among hundreds of residences. No government study has ever called for the removal of such a natural habitat and replacement with a tree-less urban alleyway. In fact, several studies call for preserving nature in our township and county. Northampton currently has the opportunity to preserve this wildlife gem at no cost to the taxpayers, while developing the connecting trail in beautiful, neighbor-friendly locations. A win-win for all.
The neighbors of Churchville and Holland are asking all of Northampton Township for the same support given to other residents in combatting disruptive projects and actions in their neighborhoods. We stand/stood united against the expansion of trails adjacent to homes near the Nature Center (2006) and near Hampton Estates (2018), the closing of Rolling Hills Elementary and Richboro Middle Schools, big box stores in Richboro, telephone pole mounted mini cell nodes in residents’ front yards, loud truck brake retarders (jake brakes) on our roads, the future expansion of bridges to accommodate trucks through residential neighborhoods, the prevention of marijuana dispensaries in our shopping districts, zoning transient housing to certain commercial areas, illegal lights in our parks, a riparian buffer zone that included trails for adjacent homeowners near our local streams (2004), and not imposing sidewalks on residents in new developments, and this controversial SEPTA rail trail (2002, 2012 & 2016).
We propose that combining the Neshaminy Creek Trail with the Wildlife Preserve will meet everyone’s needs and is fair to all parties including our wildlife. We hope you will agree. Please support us once more against the Southampton & Middletown Township bullies and the politicians who are again demanding this disruptive and costly use of our properties when there are viable alternatives, along with many other trails, in Northampton Township.