Hedge cut­ting grants

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A mo­tion to pro­vide a Com­mu­nity Hedge Cut­ting grant sparked lively de­bate at last Mon­day’s meet­ing of Sligo County Coun­cil.

Pro­posed by Cllr Keith Henry, the later amended mo­tion pro­posed that the coun­cil con­sider in­tro­duc­ing a grant to help farm­ers, groups of farm­ers or lo­cal res­i­dents to cut hedges not cut by Sligo County Coun­cil.

The fee would be in the re­gion of €50 per kilo­me­tre with a min­i­mum dis­tance of €3.5km.

A sim­i­lar scheme is cur­rently avail­able in Leitrim, where up­take is “mod­est” ac­cord­ing to Cllr Henry. He stated: “The two ma­jor con­cerns that I hear from peo­ple at this time of the year is hedges and pot­holes.”

Cllr Henry said the is­sue needs to be ad­dressed, as some peo­ple’s hedges are cut by the coun­cil but oth­ers are not, and this cre­ates con­fu­sion lo­cally.

Cllr Joe Queenan said that as a farmer him­self he paid a con­trac­tor to cut hedges and ar­gued that was the way most peo­ple went about it. He sug­gested that if peo­ple don’t cut their hedge that they are writ­ten to by the coun­cil.

Cllr Paul Tay­lor com­mented that a lot of land on sec­ond class and third class roads is not be­ing farmed and there­fore hedges are not be­ing cut.

Cllr Tay­lor said the best way for­ward may be to see how the Leitrim scheme de­vel­oped and then make a de­ci­sion.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ciarán Hayes said the coun­cil would look at the suc­cess or oth­er­wise of the Leitrim scheme be­fore con­sid­er­ing whether to in­tro­duce it in Sligo.

A coun­try road verge be­ing trimmed.

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