Footpath hedge trimming Motion 26/9/2023

October 28, 2023


Tuesday, September 26, 2023
MOTION: Councillor L. O’Toole
This Committee requests that the CE provides details on how both departments work to ensure that all pathways/cycle lanes are maintain and kept free of overgrown hedges as it’s evident the upkeep of these areas are not sufficient to ensure proper use of our path/cycle lanes. Also, it is asked that a detailed maintenance programme is prepared for a yearly upkeep of the footpath/cycle lanes. To look at removing the wildlife act restrictions from the day-to-day maintenance of the hedges etc as this is often cited in members rep replies. Please find attached one of number of members rep I’ve sent in. I am inundated with requests to cut back hedges/trees. We have one department promoting walking, cycling, public transport etc as part of the active travel policy and another department responsible for hedge trimming.
The pruning of hedges falls under the remit of the Public Realm Section and the Roads Maintenance Section. In general, the Public Realm Section cut hedges that are growing from public parks and open spaces and the Roads Section cuts hedges that are growing on public roads. Hedges that do not fall within these two categories are deemed to be growing on private property and are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain.
In relation to hedges growing on private property, Section 70(2) (a) of the Roads Act 1993 provides that “The owner or occupier of land shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a tree, shrub, hedge or other vegetation on the land is not a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public road and that it does not obstruct or interfere with the safe use of a public road or the maintenance of a public road”
Where it is deemed that the owner or occupier is not meeting their obligations, the council will write to the owner asking them to take the necessary steps to ensure the hedge, tree, shrub is rendered safe within 28 days. If the work is not carried out, it may be necessary to initiate proceedings under Section 70 of the Roads Act 1993.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended by Section 46 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000) restricts the cutting of vegetation or hedges between 1st March and 31st August each year to facilitate the protection of nesting birds. As a local authority South Dublin County Council has an obligation to ensure that our activities and the activities of contractors working on our behalf adhere to this legislation. The period for hedge cutting is therefore between September and February. The only situation where cutting occurs outside of the approved period is for reasons of public health or safety.
The Public Realm Section has commenced hedge cutting in the LAE and priority is being given to hedges that are causing an obstruction to pedestrians and cyclists. Roads hedge cutting is also underway.

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