Councillors and managment clashed at this Monday’s Newport area meeting over who is responsible for hedge trimming after Cllr John Carroll called for clarity on the issue.
He said he had asked for work to be done in July and was told it was not the council’s responsibility. However, the work was subsequently carried out making councillors “feel like fools”.
He was told by senior engineer Michael F Hayes that the council only trimmed hedges at junctions, along roads where they were about to carry out work and at the entrances to towns and villages.
However, Cllr Carroll pointed out that work was done on a road where there was no other works planned, to which Mr Hayes replied: “I recall saying that work wouldn’t done.”
Area manager Marcus O’Connor agreed, and earlier said it “suits people to say there is no clarity. There is no confusion. Some people just don’t want to do it.”
However, Cllr Carroll took him to task, saying: “I beg to differ”, pointing out that two landowners near him had cut junctions.
And Cllr Phyll Bugler also believed there was no clarity, with farmers thinking they were responsible only for verges.
Cllr Jonathan Meaney said they were “constantly on about hedge cutting”, while Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath said: “We are like parrots here. Why do we have to keep going on about hedge cutting?”
Cllr McGrath further stated that “genuinely there were places that were never touched over the summer. It is not good enough.”