Offaly TD says €290,000 made available for Offaly road upgrades
Some €290,765 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes in Offaly, local Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has said.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has approved over €10 million in funding for Local Authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) to support the improvement of non-public rural roads. The scheme comes with strict criteria an application details.
The funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not under the normal maintenance of the Offaly County Council.
“I am delighted that €290,765 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes here in Offaly. The reopening of the Local Improvement Scheme was committed to in the Programme for Government," Marcella said.
"The Government provided €674,000 to Offaly County Council in 2017 which allowed the completion of 20 projects, including: 3.6km of the Grand Canal Greenway at Ballycommon and projects in the Blueball, Geashill and Cappincur. This will greatly improve the lives of people living in rural areas where road transport is of such importance for residents, farmers and businesses," she added.
“I am delighted that the Government has now funded the scheme to the tune of nearly €1 million in Offaly in the last year.
“We in Fine Gael know just how the important of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Ireland.
“The Department of Rural and Community Development will provide up to 90% of the funding through the Local Authorities, with the remaining contribution coming from local residents, or Local Authorities in the case of roads leading to public amenities.
“The closing date for applications to Offaly County Council is Thursday, 15th March 2018. Application forms are available from www.offaly.ie.
“I cannot overstate how important local connectivity is in order to enable rural Ireland to function well. The Action Plan for Rural Development prioritises improving rural infrastructure and connectivity and continuing to support an LIS scheme is just one of the measures that the Government is taking."
Offaly people have been heavily critical of road surfaces, both local and national primary roads in recent weeks, prompting the Offaly Express into a search for the worst road in Offaly.
There were quite a few as it turned out, and local funding levels were heavily criticised. You can read more below: