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HedgeA Kerry County Councillor has claimed that hedge cutting notices sent by the local authority to landowners are being thrown in the fire.

Cllr John Francis Flynn said the current policy on hedge cutting is not working.


Cllr Brendan Cronin raised the thorny issue of hedge cutting at the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council.

He said dangerous trees and branches overhanging rural roads are an increasing problem for trucks and buses by breaking mirrors and damaging the bodywork and canopies.

The council said any claims for damage are a civil matter between the owner of the tree and the owner of the vehicle adding responsibility for cutting trees and hedges rests with the landowner.

To date in 2016 there has been 47 complaints about overgrown vegetation.

349 notices were sent out following inspections by council staff; in eight cases where a landowner could not be established the council arranged for hedge cutting.

Director of Services Charlie O’Sullivan rejected a claim from Cllr John Francis Flynn that notices being sent to landowners is not working; he said the IFA had told him landowners appreciate the reminder and they would not be abandoning the policy.