Councillors call for greater maintenance of Limerick’s Riverside

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A MOTION to put in place a programme of maintenance to cut back on overhanging trees and bushes along the Abbey River and Barrington’s Pier has been passed by City Council.

A MOTION to put in place a programme of maintenance to cut back on overhanging trees and bushes along the Abbey River and Barrington’s Pier has been passed by City Council.

Northside Labour councillor Tom Shortt is seeking a programme of work to clear the overhanging trees and bushes. He also wants the derelict fisheries weir removed from the Shannon, and instead redesigned.

His motion won the full support of the council after being seconded by Sinn Fein’s Maurice Quinlivan.

Independent northside councillor Kathleen Leddin, who chairs the environment committee called for a multi-agency approach to the problem.

“We have so many different agencies, and it is difficult to get the management to bring them all together and get a proper plan together. I was told there was going to be a plan for the riversides, and they would get the different agencies to discuss what would go into it, and who was responsible for what. That never actually happened,” she said.

Cllr Kathleen Leddin wants to see the bushes in the area pinned back.

Elsewhere, southside councillor Joe Leddin called on County Council to resurface the pathway on the part of the Canal Bank which lies within their administrative area.

“You can tell when you cross the boundary, because the pathway deteriorates. Can we ask Limerick County Council to refence their side of the pathway, which will mean the complete walk from the city to the University of Limerick will be covered? We are merging soon, so perhaps we need joined up thinking,” he told councillors. Cllr Maria Byrne complimented the environment department on new signage which encourages dog owners to pick up their animals’ mess while Cllr Ger Fahy called for more pressure to be put on dog owners to act.