Landowners, including householders and occupiers of land, are reminded that the period for Hedge Cutting runs from 1 September 2019 to the 29 February 2020.
Section 70 of the Roads Act 1993 obliges landowners to ensure that any trees and hedges on their property:
• Do not obstruct or interfere with the safe use of the public road or footpath
• Do not obstruct or interfere with the maintenance of the public road or footpath
• Do not pose a hazard to people using the public road or footpath
Hedgerows along public roads that require cutting or trimming back should be cut immediately and all cuttings removed from the roads and verges. Adequate signposting should be provided.
Roadside trees should be inspected and necessary action taken to prevent any potential hazard to the public. Such inspections should be carried out by suitably qualified personnel.
Liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the landowner/occupier.
Please note that where Japanese Knotweed occurs it SHOULD NOT BE CUT. No ground disturbance should take place at these sites at any time of year. Please report all locations of Japanese Knotweed on public roads to your Municipal District Office: Mullingar 044 933 2000 or Athlone 090 644 2100.
Westmeath County Council wishes to thank landowners for their co-operation in this matter.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 12/02/2020