Eyesore hedge fenced off

A CONTROVERSIAL hedge which was dramatically cut down to size last year has had a fence built around it in an apparent bid to make it more child friendly.

A CONTROVERSIAL hedge which was dramatically cut down to size last year has had a fence built around it in an apparent bid to make it more child friendly.

The local eyesore along the Castletown Road has now been surrounding by a wooden fence on both sides.

At the end of last year the Dundalk Democrat reported how the Louth Environmental Group (LEG) were outraged that the hedge had been cut, and branded it an act of “environmental vandalism”.

Dundalk town manager, Frank Pentony said that the hedge was cut due to safety reasons, as children had been using a hole in the hedge as shortcut to crossing the road.

Speaking this week with the Dundalk Democrat the LEG say that while they welcomed the new fence, they claim it doesn’t go far enough.

“We would prefer if the hedge was extended from the statue of Cuhulainn to the entrance to of Woodview Park. That way it make the road safer for children in the area,” said John Conway, speaking on behalf of LEG.

The town council felt that the hedge was effecting visibility, and that children were using a gap in the hedge to bolt out into the road.

A local resident told the paper that she thought that the new fence was an improvement. “It is a big improvement, though that said I thought that the fence would not be see through and possibly a bit taller.”