Councillor Baker highlights problem of overgrown hedges at bends, junctions

A meeting of county councillors has heard there is now a major issue because of this year’s exceptional growth that has resulted in dangerous situations with overgrown hedges and vegetation along some roads.

It’s almost an annual issue . . . but this year it’s taken on a new urgency because of the Strong growth.

It arose at this week’s meeting of Sligo councillors from the Ballymote/Tubbercurry/West Sligo area at which Fianna Fail Councillor Martin Baker asked that verges at junctions and bends be cut back.

There has been concern about the ability to cut because of the bird nesting season but Independent Councillor Joe Queenan said the safety of people had to be the priority.

Fianna Fail Councillor Paul Taylor said hedges on some minor roads were ‘closing in.’

Council Director of Services Tom Kilfeather said where there is a safety issue, the council will cut.

But he added that a difficulty was that not all farmers and landowners do what they are supposed to do.

Cllr Baker said he was not talking about the council doing widespread cutting — just where there was a danger at certain junctions and bends.