Over-hang­ing trees

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of trees fall­ing dur­ing storms needs to be ad­dressed by the Government.

So says Fianna Fáil Cllr Sea­mus Kil­gan­non who pro­posed the Coun­cil should call on the Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Government to set up a na­tional fund to help deal with over­grow hedges and over hang­ing trees on pri­mary and se­condary roads as they were “a real dan­ger dur­ing very stormy weather.”

“It’s be­com­ing a very se­ri­ous is­sue na­tion­ally where trees are fall­ing, roads are blocked, chil­dren can’t get to school,” he told the meet­ing.

“There is a duty on the Government - they need to be re­moved if they’re dan­ger­ous,” he said.

Cllr Henry said a lot of fallen trees came from Spruce trees in forestry plan­ta­tions near roads.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Paul Tay­lor said the big­gest con­cern was for buses of schoolchil­dren in storms: “When it’s a dan­ger to our chil­dren it’s a very se­ri­ous is­sue.”

Cllrs Mar­garet Gorm­ley, Sinead Maguire and Joe Queenan all sup­ported the mo­tion.

Ear­lier, Fianna Fáil Cllr Keith Henry asked the Coun­cil to con­sider bring­ing in a hedge cut­ting grant sim­i­lar to those in other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

“What­ever hedges are left af­ter Storm Ali, now is the time for them to be cut. Even if a grant was ¤30 per km it would go some way,” he said.

Di­rec­tor of Services Tom Kil­feather said the Coun­cil could trial a pilot hedge cut­ting grant for fac­ing hedges along pub­lic roads, like Leitrim County Coun­cil.

He said this could be ad­ver­tised once fund­ing has been al­lo­cated in the Coun­cil’s 2019 bud­get.

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