Some Offaly roads may be eligible for upgrade works and repair under the Local Improvement Scheme that Offaly County Council intends to implement in 2018.
The scheme is subject to funding by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD); the level of demand; and the level of resources available. Applications are now invited from interested parties for LIS 2018 for eligible roads.
Eligible roads are non-public roads, often leading to houses and important community amenities such as graveyards, mountains etc. or other non-public roads that provide access to parcels of land or provide access for harvesting purposes for two or more persons.
There must be one landholder on an LIS road and the road must be open to the public. Roads serving only houses or buildings occupied or used by persons not engaged in agriculture or roads leading to commercial enterprises are not eligible LIS Roads.
A local contribution shall be required in accordance with the terms of the funding as provided by the Department. Free labour or materials are not acceptable as part of the contribution by local residents.
As a guide to applicants as of October 2017, the local contribution was calculated at 10% in respect of eligible roads with up to and including 5 residents and 15% for those with 6 or more residents.
The following will not be accepted for the purposes of the LIS:
- Minor proposals that applicants could do themselves and/or
- Small projects that would be uneconomic for the Council to carry out.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Application forms including full terms and conditions of the scheme are available Here
Completed forms should be returned by post to the Roads Section, Offaly County Council, Aras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore.