The views of residents outside Sandys will have no bearing on the Government’s decision on a controversial plan for quad bike commercial tours.

More than 600 people registered concerns over the proposal, including hundreds from outside the West End parish.

However, Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, Minister of Public Works, said that these views would not be considered.

Colonel Burch told a press conference: “If you live east of White Hill, you don’t get a say in this.”

The public were canvassed for their views on the use of all-terrain vehicles, also known as ATVs, on the Railway Trail and protected reserves in Sandys last year.

The proposal came under fire from residents, farmers and environmental groups.

Colonel Burch said that the objections of the “500 people” east of White Hill were the same as the “160-odd” people who lived to the west.

He added: “So their objections will be considered. They just won’t have the weight of having objected to it having any bearing on the decision that is going to be made.”

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