THE logic in removing furze bushes and all naturally growing cover on the banks flanking the M9 motorway was queried last week by a County Councillor.
Speaking at the December meeting of the Piltown Municipal District in Ferrybank, Chairperson Eamon Aylward (FF) said that the banks have been cleared over the past year to 18 months.
He stated: “This has had two effects: firstly, it’s taken away the foliage, and, secondly, for anyone that was living near the motorway, the banks as they were prior to their removal provided a sound barrier so there’s been a double impact resulting from this work. This is something we need to raise with the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) both from a pollination point of view (taking the Kilkenny County Council Pollinator Programme into account) and from a sound issue for local residents.”
Meanwhile, an agenda for the Council’s next meeting with TII, in which persisting concerns in relation to the N24 and N25 are likely to be raised, is currently being set. However, the date for such a meeting has yet to be confirmed.