Farmers take issue with Council over Clontibret underpass

26 August 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The erection of a barrier at a bridge in Clontibret has provoked an angry response from farmers in the area.

This week The Northern Standard was contacted by a farmer, who spoke out on behalf of the six farmers including himself, who either own or rent land in the Glennyhorn Bridge area of Clontibret. The farmers, four of whom own land, and two of whom lease it are protesting at the erection of a height limitation barrier, which they allege was put in place to stop tractors and vehicles higher than cars going under the bridge, which constitutes an underpass to a new road.

Sam Reid, of Mullagarry, Clontibret stated that a contractor on behalf of Monaghan County Council had put the constraint in place. Sam and others claim that they still have a right of way under the bridge and need to use the private road, which has been taken out of public use, to access their lands.

The alternative is inconveniencing motorists with a cavalcade of agricultural vehicles in single lane traffic up to the Clontibret roundabout, causing tailbacks of 30—40 cars, he explained. He says that a tractor can fit easily under the bridge without the barrier, the erection of which he described as “a total shock”.

He and the other farmers, who say that the most convenient route to their land is under the bridge, are calling on the council to remove the barrier immediately.

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