Landowners ‘Responsible For Hedge Trimming’

LANDOWNERS were responsible for hedge trimming along roadways, North Tipperary county councillors were told at their July meeting. However, senior engineer Michael F Hayes said that the council “does the best we can at junctions where we have signage”.

LANDOWNERS were responsible for hedge trimming along roadways, North Tipperary county councillors were told at their July meeting. However, senior engineer Michael F Hayes said that the council “does the best we can at junctions where we have signage”.

Cllr John Carroll, FF, had earlier called for the council to maximise verge trimming with farmers trying to harvest silage.

He was supported by Cllr Jim Casey, FF, who said contractors were having expensive machinery broken along the roads.

And he said that the council should not let the Wildlife Act prevent it doing the work, saying the council was not there to just protect wildlife, but also to protect lives.

Fine Gael’s Cllr Ger Darcy said there was a need to cut close to junctions as, at a lot of them, motorists had no vision and they were “extremely dangerous”.

Cllr Micheal Lowry said that there was “no visability” going into the roundabouts at the junctions for the M7 and the M8.

“You can’t see the barriers with the growth,” he said. “The NRA should be able to design them so as they are maintenance free. The last thing we want is to have our workers out cutting grass.”

Mr Hayes replied that the council had a budget for cutting grass at motorway roundabouts.