Hedge Cutting / Trimming / Drainage / Soiling of Public Roads Notice

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Hedge Cutting / Trimming / Drainage / Soiling of Public Roads Notice

Public Roads Notice for Hedge Cutting
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County-wide

Reminder - 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 following:

  • 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:

  1. can encroach on a roadway making it dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles,
  2. can shade a road leaving it wet and liable to ice, and
  3. 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 1 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 1 March to 31 August.
  • Under Section 76 of the Roads Act 1993, landowners and occupiers are obliged to take all reasonable steps to ensure:
  1. that water is not prevented, obstructed or impeded from draining into, onto, under, through or to their land from a public road, and
  2. to prevent water, soil or other material from flowing or falling onto a public road from their land. Failure to comply could result in landowners/occupiers of land being prosecuted.
  • No material (including muck and 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 phone 046 9097000 or email customerservice@meathcoco.ie

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.