Uncut hedges mean fines for landowners

KERRY County Council has fined landowners for not cutting hedges.

Three landowners were fined €300 each and ordered to pay €200 in expenses. Another landowner was fined €50 and €380 in expenses.

The landowners were in Tralee and Listowel.

The council is issuing 6,000 letters reminding landowners of their hedgecutting obligations. The hedgecutting season runs from September 1 to the end of February.

The council recently issued a notice that under the Roads Act, 1993, landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road. Liability will rest with the landowner/occupier for damage or injury resulting from hazards such as dead or dying trees, ditches or hedges interfering with traffic, blocking footpaths, obscuring road signs or obscuring a view of the road ahead.


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