Leitrim councillor wants forestry companies controlled through planning

A Leitrim councillor is calling for the activities of forestry companies to be regulated through planning permission from the county council.

A this week’s Manorhamilton Municipal District of the council, Cathaoirleach Mary Bohan voiced concern about the cost to the council of maintaining roads in rural Leitrim that are used by forestry companies.

She says that at present, forestry companies have to apply for planning only if they plant more than a certain number of hectares.

At this week’s municipal district meeting, she asked what discussions had taken place between Coillte, private forestry companies and the county council before planting or extraction of timber.

She told Ocean FM News about the response she received and what she feels needs to be done: