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Cutting the ditches to get to the beach 01/07/15

| July 1, 2015

There has been a call for hedges to be cut back on rural roads leading to beaches. Roadside ditches can only be cut back on health and safety grounds during the summer months but busy routes leading to the seaside can be exempted because of the volume of traffic using the narrow roads during the peak season.

Councillor Frank Staples called for the cutting of the ditches on the road to Ballyhealy beach in South Wexford. He said farmers would be prepared to do it but were not allowed and the road was in danger of closing over during the course of the summer if it was not cut.

At a meeting of the Wexford Municipal District Council Cllr Ger Carthy asked when the gateway scheme would be extended to the rural parts of the district where he said there was a lot of minor works including cutting back ditches on dangerous bends which needed to be carried out.

He accepted that some councillors might be opposed to the Gateway scheme but it was the only means to have the work carried out at the moment..

Cllr Deirdre Wadding said she was totally opposed to the Gateway Scheme.

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