Councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has said that the growth of roadside hedges over the summer is posing a serious road safety problem.
The West Donegal county councillor in a number of areas and is looking for the County Council to take action.
“Over the summer months with warmer weather but plenty of rain, hedge growth has been rapid. I am concerned that there are a number of areas where the hedges are hanging out over the road, preventing a clear view for motorists. It is a real danger and needs to be addressed before there are accidents. In my own area I have seen it in Ranafast on the New Line Road. I have been in contact with Council officials to see if something can be done over the coming days.”
“I would appeal also to landowners to ensure that their hedges are cut back as is their responsibility, but I think in those cases where there is a serious and immediate danger it is right that the Council should act as quickly as possible in the interests of public safety.”
“I am also concerned that the overgrowth of hedges is having a detrimental impact on the experience of visitors to the county as the scenic view is being obscured. Tourists come here for the fantastic scenery and views but will be disappointed when they cannot see beyond the roadside growth. I have received several reports of this in recent weeks. It can be difficult enough to get visitors to our county so we have to ensure that those who do are given every encouragement to return.”