Kil­dare to weed out prob­lem

Bray People - - NEWS -

Mem­bers of Wicklow County Coun­cil have ques­tioned why Kil­dare County Coun­cil will be man­ag­ing in­va­sive plant species in the Gar­den County.

Staff from Kil­dare will main­tain and con­trol ar­eas where the likes of Ja­panese Knotweed and hog­weed grows wildly and out of con­trol. How­ever, some elected mem­bers were puz­zled over the in­volve­ment of Kil­dare County Coun­cil.

‘Why are Kil­dare County Coun­cil tak­ing on more and more func­tions of this county coun­cil?’ asked Cllr Joe Be­han. ‘The Na­tional Roads Author­ity De­sign Of­fice is al­ready lo­cated in Naas and we have Dublin di­rect­ing ex­tra waste down to this county. Why can’t this coun­cil clear the prob­lem of Ja­panese Knot-weed?’

Cllr Vincent Blake said that mem­bers had al­ready put aside money in the 2017 bud­get to tackle the prob­lem of Ja­panese Knotweed.

‘From the coun­cil’s point of view we have been dis­cussing this for the past six weeks. We have al­ready taken some ac­tion and signs have been erected to warn peo­ple of the dan­gers of cut­ting it up and caus­ing it to spread. We have the re­sources in the coun­cil bud­get to deal with it,’ he said.

Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins won­dered if Wicklow County Coun­cil were the lead author­ity in any depart­ment which would see the lo­cal author­ity car­ry­ing out work on be­half of other coun­cils.

He said: ‘In west Wicklow we have the N81 and all the works and de­signs in­volved come from the NRA of­fice in Naas. We are one step re­moved from things that are hap­pen­ing. I keep a close eye on the NRA to make sure ev­ery­thing be­ing car­ried out is to Wicklow’s best in­ter­est. I don’t want a case where it be­comes a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

Cllr Jim Rut­tle agreed that the county coun­cil ‘shouldn’t be deal­ing with an­other lo­cal author­ity on so many is­sues.’

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, Sean Quirke, said Kil­dare County Coun­cil will be car­ry­ing out the man­age­ment of in­va­sive plant species be­cause so many re­gional and na­tional roads run through both coun­ties.

Money set aside in the bud­get will re­main in place and will be spent by Wicklow County Coun­cil. Hog weed in Bray will be dealt with by em­ploy­ees of Wicklow County Coun­cil.

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