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Roads Act, 1993 Section 70 Dangerous Structures, Trees etc

Roads Act, 1993 (Section 70) – Dangerous Structures, Trees etc

 

Maintenance of Hedges /Shrubs/Trees etc  

Longford County Council wishes to bring to the notice of landowners and occupiers of land the potential hazards and dangers to road users where trees, shrubs, hedges or other vegetation are not maintained

Please be advised as follows:

  • Owners and occupiers of lands along Public Roads are obliged to ensure that roadside hedges and trees do not present a hazard or obstruction to road users
  • Owners or occupiers of land, should take all necessary care to ensure that the structures on their land are not, or could not become, a danger to those using a Public Road or to somebody      carrying out maintenance or improvement work on it
  • Hedgerows along Public Roads that require cutting or trimming back should be cut immediately and all cuttings removed from the roads and verges.
  • Overhanging vegetation in urban areas should be cut back from footpaths and at junctions
  • Dead and unsafe trees on the roadside are particularly dangerous and should be removed immediately
  • Landowners are responsible for the cost of removing fallen trees from public roads.
  • Professional advice on the condition of roadside trees should be obtained from time to time
  • Longford County Council will under section 70 of the Roads Act 1993 serve a ‘Hedge Cutting Notice’ on those who do not carry out this obligation
  • Longford County Council will prosecute those who fail to comply with these Notices
  • To avoid harming wildlife and under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, incorporating section 46 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, the times for hedge and verge cutting are set out as      follows.
  • Hedge Cutting Season commences on the 1st of September 2017
  • Hedge Cutting can be carried out over a period of 6 months
  • Hedge Cutting to finish on the last day of February 2018
  • Longford County Council can take action where they consider that a hazard exists and seek the costs from Landowners      where the Council have to carry out the work

Any member of the public who is aware of a hazard or safety issue can contact Longford County Council on 043 3343341

John Brannigan,

Director of Services,