Sinn Féin County Councillor Mick Roche is pressing for the cutting back of any hedgerow or foliage that is interfering with traffic or causing an interference on public roads. Cllr Roche said motorists are paying more than enough tax to drive on the roads and deserve far better conditions than what they are receiving.
Cllr Roche said;
"I have been approached by people living in rural areas around Kilmore and Tomhaggard who have highlighted the potential safety hazards posed by overgrown hedgerows. I have also had constituents contact me after damage was caused to their vehicles by outlying hedging on narrow roads."
"Currently there is a grey area around who actually has responsibility for roadside ditches. Land owners are generally left to their own device and can cut back ditches at their own expense. However it is not the responsibility of landowners to keep roads clear and safe. That is what we pay road tax for."
"I know that the local County Council teams would tackle this situation if instructed. Currently they are only asked to manage ditches where there is a problem with drainage or visibility that would concern drivers and pedestrians. I am applying for permission and funding to organise a much needed cutting back on narrow roads across the area."