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Overgrowth by footpaths causing difficulties for pedestrians and wheelchair users in Wicklow

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Overgrown hedgerows are impeding the progress of pedestrians walking on footpaths.

Overgrown hedgerows are impeding the progress of pedestrians walking on footpaths.

Overgrown hedgerows are impeding the progress of pedestrians walking on footpaths.

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COUNCILLOR Mary Kavanagh has complained about road side overgrowth forcing pedestrians to walk on the road because footpaths are blocked.

In particular she felt the overgrowth between Wicklow town, Rathnew and Ashford was particularly bad.

Cllr Kavanagh said: “The overgrowth is so intense in parts that wheelchair users and buggies are finding it very difficult to travel. It’s basically happening nearly everywhere where there is a footpath. It’s especially bad when you are walking from Carrig View to Nun’s Cross School.”

District Engineer Kevin Scanlon acknowledged that there are a good few areas within the district where overgrowth is a problem.

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“We started last week to cut back some of the hedges at Whitegates, and around Nun’s Cross is one of the next areas we intend to tackle,” he said.


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