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Seasonal Reminder to Landowners


In the interest of road safety, landowners are reminded to ensure that trees, hedges or other vegetation are maintained in such condition that they are not a hazard to road users and that they do not interfere with the maintenance of the public road. In particular branches which jut out onto the road (including the footpath) should be cut back. Dead and unsafe trees should be removed and hedges should be cut and trimmed. It is recommended that professional advice on the condition of roadside trees should be obtained from time to time. When landowners are maintaining hedges or trees all reasonable care should be taken to ensure the safety of road users while this work is being carried out.

Hedge cutting should not be undertaken (except in the case of an emergency) during the growth season, which is between 1 March and 31 August.

Damage to Roads

Public roads are maintained by the council for your benefit and for the benefit of all road users. While most landowners exercise due care when using public roads for agricultural activities, there have been instances where roads have been damaged through careless and unlawful activities.

It is an offence to deface, damage or dig up a public road without applying for, and receiving prior permission, of the county council in the form of a Road Opening Licence. It is also an offence to allow any material, such as clay, slurry or fodder, onto a public road, where such material is, or could be, a hazard to road users or interferes with the safe use or maintenance of the road.

Landowners are obliged to ensure that:-

(a) The transport of winter fodder over public roads is on the basis that there is no alternative off-road means of access.

(b) Adequate measures are in place between gateways and storage locations to minimise the amount of clay that is carried onto the public road.

(c) Tyres of tractors, etc. are regularly washed down to ensure that soil is not carried onto the public road.

(d) Fodder, plastic or twines are not left on grass margins.

(e) Livestock are kept and fed an adequate distance from the road so that road drainage is not interfered with and slurry is prevented from flowing onto the public road.

(f) Any soil, fodder, etc., which is deposited on the road is removed immediately.

(g) Vehicles are not parked for long periods on the hard shoulder/grass margins of the public road. Parking in this manner may cause damage to the public road and may also limit sight lines for roads users.

Kildare County Council will be taking a proactive approach in enforcing this legislation.


As a landowner it is your responsibility to maintain drains on your land. This is of utmost importance considering recent episodes of very heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding.

It is also your responsibility to ensure that:-

(a) Water is not prevented, or obstructed, from draining onto your land from the public road. Consequently the drainage system should be adequately maintained.

(b) Water, soil, slurry or other material does not flow onto a public road from your land.

(c) Entrances to land are piped with adequately sized pipes or culverts and regularly maintained.

Written consent is required from the council before a landowner deepens or widens an existing drain, or digs a new drain, within 15 metres of the nearest edge of the public road. Otherwise, consent is not required for the normal maintenance of the drain.

Placing of Stones/Obstacles on Grass Margins

It is an offence to place stones/obstacles on the grass margin adjacent to the public road. Householders are advised to obtain the advice of this council prior to placing any objects on grass margins outside of their properties.


The council wishes to acknowledge and thank landowners for their co-operation in complying with their responsibilities down through the years. If you have any questions or require advice or information on any of these matters, please contact your local area engineer’s office or the council’s Roads and Transport Department directly at 045-980421.

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