01 Dec 2010
AUTHORITIES REFUSAL TO SUPPLY GRIT TO FARMERS SHOWS LACK OF COMMON SENSE – BRYANUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan said the refusal of some local authorities to supply grit to farmers who are willing to assist in the clearing of minor roads around the country shows a serious lack of common sense.
He said, “we have farmers in west Cork and across the country who are willing to use their machinery if grit is supplied by the county council. Dairy farmers have tanks full of milk, feed needs to be delivered and neighbours want to get out and about. However, the authorities have refused to drop supplies at co-ops in west Cork, after farmers had volunteered to grit the roads.”
John Bryan said there is no credible reason for this refusal and he urged the local authorities to re-think their policy and avail of the help that farmers are willing to provide.
The Chairman of West Cork IFA David O’Brien said it beggared belief that today’s proposal was rejected. “During the cold spell last January, we put forward a suggestion that would have helped to make the roads passable and allowed some normality to prevail, but it was turned down. Farmers are keen to spread the grit if supplies are delivered to identified points. Everybody knows the county council resources are stretched, so it makes this refusal all the more difficult to understand.”
He said, “farmers are getting worried about the capacity of their milk tanks and getting fodder to livestock. Householders living in these areas are nervous about travelling because of the condition of the roads. Local authorities need to respond to our suggestion and get the grit supplies out.”