Kildare to weed out problem
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.