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Traffic / Roads Update - Meath County Council would like to remind all landowners and occupiers of property adjacent to public roads of the importance of maintaining trees and hedges - Hedge/Tree cutting should only be carried out during the period from 1st September to end of February

Date Released: 25 January 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO LANDOWNERS AND OCCUPIERS OF LAND ADJACENT TO PUBLIC ROADS

 

Meath County Council would like to remind all landowners and occupiers of property adjacent to public roads of the importance of maintaining trees and hedges.

 

  • It is the legal responsibility of the owner or occupier of lands to take all reasonable steps to ensure that trees, hedges and other structures are not a hazard or potential hazard to persons using public roads. They also must not obstruct or interfere with the safe use or maintenance of public roads.

For example overgrown hedges and trees

-    can encroach on a roadway making it dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles,

-    can shade a road leaving it wet and liable to ice,

-    overhanging branches can fall on a road and hit road users.

 

  • Dead and unsafe trees should be removed and hedges should be cut and trimmed. It is recommended that professional advice on the condition of road side trees should be obtained from time to time. When landowners are maintaining hedges or trees all reasonable care should be taken to ensure the safety of road users while this work is being carried out.

 

  • Hedge/Tree cutting should only be carried out during the period from 1st September to end of February as it is an offence, under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, to cut or destroy any vegetation growing in land not then cultivated, or vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period 1st March to 31st August.

 

  • No material (including muck & dirt) should be left on the public road arising from any works that may, in the opinion of the Local Authority, be a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public road or obstruct or interfere with the safe use of a public road or the maintenance of a public road.

 

The Council wishes to acknowledge the co-operation of those landowners and occupiers of land who are and have been complying with their responsibilities down through the years. If you have any questions or require any advice or information on any of these matters, please contact your local Municipal District Civic Office or the Transportation Department at Meath County Council. Contact Numbers and email addresses are available on http://www.meath.ie/CountyCouncil/ContactUs.

 

In cases where landowners fail to comply with their obligations the Council will take whatever action is necessary to ensure compliance and seek to recoup costs from landowners. 

 

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