Monday 20 May 2019

'Untidy' area in Malahide is a bid to save hedgerow

Fingal County Council has delayed the planting of additional vegetation at a stretch of 'heavily trafficked' footpath at Gaybrook Lawns, Malahide, despite the request of one local councillor to 'tidy up' the area and allow 'some more appropriate planting' at the location.

Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF), speaking at a recent meeting of Howth/Malahide Area Committee, requested for the council to examine hedging and shrubbery from 'the corner of Gaybrook Lawns to McAllister's', on a stretch of footpath prone to littering and 'not particularly pretty.'

Cllr O'Brien said that when he visited the area, he noticed 'a lot of litter' had been exposed, 'perhaps' because the council had not revisited the site since shrubbery was removed.

He did, he said 'completely appreciate' what was mentioned in the council's report regarding the management of hedgerows, the protection of wildlife and the promotion of biodiversity.

He noted, however, that the area was 'not particularly pretty at the moment', and that he would 'appreciate if something could be done to address the issue.'

Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) noted that while the area looked 'quite untidy', 'a nice flower bed' could be planted, 'to add more colour'.

It was, he pointed out to the area committee meeting, 'an area of Malahide that we know quite well', and suggested 'a lot more could be done' in conjunction with Malahide Tidy Towns.

A council official, responding to councillors at the committee meeting, stated that the council would discuss the issue with Malahide Tidy Towns, and that the council would 'take a look at' a fence located at the location to see what could be done.

A report issued by the council on the issue stated that 'remnants of shrubs' had been removed and shrubs and trees had beenpruned.

Trees and shrubs along the strip were 'remnants' of an old hedgerow, the report concinued, and hedgerow areas were managed 'to protect wildlife and promote biodiversity', the council report explained.

The report concluded by stating that 'additional planting' would be considered, but that it was 'preferable' to allow existing vegetation to 'regenerate' after the recent 'severe cutting back' before more were added.

Fingal Independent