ANGER AS TREES CUT DOWN IN FERMOY
Storm clouds are gathering in Fermoy as contractors, working on behalf of the Office of Public Works (OPW), have cut down seven poplar trees in the field locally known as the ‘Triangle’.
The trees, which were on the banks of the river Blackwater adjacent to the town weir for well over fifty years, were removed earlier this week without the knowledge of many locals and, indeed, members of Fermoy Town Council.
“I was told that the trees were removed after the event had taken place. I still don’t know why they have been cut down and I’m calling on the council to tell the people why these trees were removed,” Cllr Frank O’Flynn (FF) told The Avondhu.
Unconfirmed reports claim that the trees were cut down as part of the flood relief plan for Fermoy town.
“It’s very unfortunate that the trees were cut down, but this is part of the flood relief plan for the town that was passed during the last council session. I understand that a large earthen bank will be put in place in ‘the Triangle’ and that is why the trees were removed,” Cllr Pa O’Driscoll (FG) told The Avondhu.
Many residents and business owners in Fermoy are angry at what they see as a lack of communication between the contractors and the locals.
“We held a long meeting this week with representatives from the OPW and the contractors where we outlined what needs to be put in place as far as communicating with the residents, businesses and indeed council officials going forward. It has been agreed that regular communication meetings will take place over the coming months,” Cllr O’Driscoll said.
Friday 18th September 10:33am