Proposed cattle grids deemed a 'hazard' to cyclists and drivers
A Health and Safety report commissioned by South Dublin County Council has said that cattle grids in South Co Dublin would be an unwarranted hazard to cyclists and motorists.
Farmers in the area are looking for the cattle grids to be installed to help control livestock on commonages and stop them wandering off commonage areas.
They say the threat by a local authority to impose a complete ban on the use of cattle grids, which have been defined by a Health and Safety report “a hazard” to road users, is threatening a nightmare situation for livestock farmers in the area, who are mounting vigorous opposition.
Now, members of South Dublin County Council, who support farmers and rural dwellers in opposing the cattle grid ban by the Co. Council, have been warned of possible legal liability for the council on action being taken against the local authority for injuries by users because cattle grids “are dangerous”.
Cllr Deirdre O’Donovan, a native of Co Cork, who is strongly opposed to the passing of the motion by the council, has been supported by resident and farming groups.
“These grids which are very commonplace in other local authority mountain areas such as Mount Leinster in Carlow and Comeragh Mountains Waterford/Tipperary boarder, and widely across commonage areas in the UK without any safety difficulty to cyclists,” she said.
It's understood that local cycling clubs are in support of the cattle grids being put in place.
An assessment by the IFA has claimed that any restriction on the use of the mountain areas by sheep farmers would have detrimental ecological and economic effects on the areas.