Cllr Kenny proposes forestry levy

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The issue of severe road damage due to timber extraction on small country roads was raised by Sinn Féin councillor, Martin Kenny at this month’s council meeting.

The issue of severe road damage due to timber extraction on small country roads was raised by Sinn Féin councillor, Martin Kenny at this month’s council meeting.

Noting the recent controversy about extraction from a forest in Aughadruminshin, Aughavas, Cllr Kenny said the movement of heavy loads of timber is causing a lot of damage on rural roads.

He proposed a levy of €5 per hectare be taken each year out of the premium payment which is made annually to the owners of forestry and placed into a fund for the maintenance and repair of local roads.

“It has to be recognised that forestry is not like any other agricultural crop as its harvesting can cause major damage to the road network and the industry will have to contribute to restoring these roads,” he said.

“We cannot continue with the Council and local people fighting with forestry companies to get roads repaired, it is in everyones interest to have a central solution, where a fund is built up over time.”