Forest Park trees need to be cut to save lives - Cllr Dwane

The council need to trim back the large trees along the bank of the river at The Willows in Forest Park before an unfortunate child is killed by one of the trees falling in the bad weather.

The council need to trim back the large trees along the bank of the river at The Willows in Forest Park before an unfortunate child is killed by one of the trees falling in the bad weather.

So declared Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley at last week’s meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, after she was told by council engineer, Mr Tom O’Carroll that the maintenance of green areas in estates is a matter for resident groups.

“I got a complaint from residents there last year, there’s a piece of wasteland there at the river bank that is Laois County Council property and the residents asked last year if it could be cleaned up and trimmed back. A few months ago they contacted me again,” she said.

She said there were three or fours big trees in the area that were causing the residents some concerns.

“They’re terrified that in the bad weather with children playing out the back (the trees) could fall on them,” she said. “I ask that the council look again and trim them back, it’s not a green area that the residents can deal with it themselves.”

Mr O’Carroll said he would look at the area again.

At the same meeting, Cllr Noel Tuohy asked the council to replace the ditch on the Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise opposite Lakeglen with a fence or wall, as it is overgrown and gathers rubbish.

“I don’t think there’s an estate that hasn’t complained, it’s an eyesore and overgrown,” he said. “It gathers rubbish, plastic bags are blown into it and it holds them.”

Cllr Dwane Stanley said there were also problems at Lyndon Court.

“Some of the fencing is pulled down and people are using it as a shortcut,” she said, adding that she would like the residents to come on board. She said Lyndon Court enjoys huge privacy because of the trees and asked that the trees be trimmed back.

In response to Cllr Tuohy’s request, Laois County Council said they would trim the hedge back on the Mountmellick Road.