Surprise as late hedge cutting gets under way along Wexford ring road
ACCORDING to the Wildlife Act it's an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch between March 1 and August 31 in any year.
So it was with some surprise that the local authority undertook a major hedgecutting operation along both sides of the N25 ring road between the Barntown and Whitford roundabouts over the past few days.
Cllr George Lawlor said he had raised the issue with council officials and had been told they had received permission from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to carry out the work.
'For the life of me I can't understand why this needs to be done as it certainly not for the reasons of traffic safety,' he said.
Cllr Lawlor said later that he had been told the hedgecutting, and some ditch clearing, was aimed at reducing the potential for flooding on the main road and making sure that pooling did not happen in heavy rain.
However, he could not explain why the work had been left until after the start of the birds' nesting season which is intended to be protected by the hedgecutting ban.
The council engineer involved in the cutting could not be reached for comment.