Friday 17 November 2017

Council to investigate tree felling incident

Alison Comyn

CLLR MICHEAL O'Dowd has condemned the cutting down of banks of trees at Newtown Cross, Drogheda, saying a full investigation should be carried out to see if the proper procedure was followed.

The Fine Gael councillor was speaking at the South Louth area council meeting on Monday, where he said it was a great shame what had happened.

'I understand the land was recently purchased, but I think it is our responsibility to ensure that the proper procedure was followed by the owner in cutting down these trees,' he told the meeting.

Borough Engineer Pat Finn said the Planning Enforcement Dept was already examining the situation, and a report would follow.

'Unfortunately very few trees are protected, and there are different rules for urban and rural areas,' he added.

'It will have to be looked at whether a licence was required, and this will be done by the department.'

Drogheda Independent

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