Stronger “medicine” than just sending letters might be required to get landowners to cut their hedges, it has been claimed. Cllr Michael O’Meara asked the council at its July meeting what the cost was to the council when it carried out the work, saying it could be seen as a safety measure.
Cllr John Kennedy agreed, saying it was getting to the point were it was becoming a health and safety issue.
Cllr Jim Ryan pointed out that the good weather had caused a sudden growth spurt and hedges were now overgrown. “Can anything be done?” he asked as some of them were at dangerous junctions and writing to landowners was not working.
There was unanimous agreement that overgrown hedges and ditches were a problem, with Cllr John Carroll claiming they were hiding signposts.
Cllr Mattie Ryan “Coole” said the “white weed growing in the verges is causing more problems”, while Cllr Eddie Moran stated that there was a similar problem around Templemore.
Cllr Seamus Morris urged that the council set up a data base to track when people contact them about the problems.
Senior enginer Michael F Hayes said overgrown hedges were an “ongoing problem”, and revealed the council had written to a “considerable amount of landowners”. He pointed out that the council cuts ditches at junctions and in front of road signs.