Levels of hedge cutting improving
Councillors have praised the increased level of hedge cutting and trimming taking place within Wicklow Municipal District which has cut down on the amount of overgrowth causing obstruction to motorists and pedestrians.
In the past, both Cllr Daire Nolan and Cllr Shay Cullen have complained about overgrown hedges, trees and shrubs which were growing on private lands and blocking the view of passing motorists.
However, at February's meeting of Wicklow Municipal District, both councillors acknowledged recent improvements.
Cllr Nolan said: 'I notice there has been a definite improvement over recent months. There are still some anomalies here and there but I think the increase in the amount of warning letters we issue has played a part. I also notice in lots of cases where the neighbour of the landowner has gotten on to them.'
Cllr Shay Cullen, cathaoirleach of Wicklow Municipal District, said: 'It's something we can't take our foot off as it is an important safety issue. We need to continue getting as many landowners as possible to cut back their hedges.'
Cllr Mary Kavanagh said that it was important that landowners respected the restrictions on cutting hedgerows, particularly during nesting season for birds.