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RESIDENTS of Lenabeg in Claureen have expressed their fears that vermin are nesting along the “badly overgrown” riverbank.

An appeal to cut back vegetation, trees and bushes along the riverbank at Lenabeg was voiced by Cllr Mary Howard (FG) at a recent sitting of the Ennis Municipal District. She warned, “It is currently badly overgrown and the residents fear vermin are nesting there plus this area is being used to dump rubbish”.

Senior executive technician, Tommy Scott in response outlined, “The riverbank is left to look after itself and provide a natural boundary to the river edge. It provides a habitat for all sorts of biodiversity and wildlife and is fenced off from the development”.

He added, “A river walk was built along this area as part of the development. It forms a fitting natural finish along the interface between the development and the River Fergus. This area is not in charge. Queries regarding the dumping of rubbish on this private land should be addressed to the Environment section who will engage with the owner of the lands”.

Lenabeg residents “have been great to keep the area clean” with regular litter picks and maintenance work completed, Cllr Howard highlighted. “They are finding that the vegetation along the river bank has become seriously overgrown, rubbish is being dumped and they are concerned about vermin nesting in the area. They have been maintaining it for the last fifteen years or so,” she said. Her proposal was seconded by Cllr Paul Murphy (FG).

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