- Funding targets smaller roads not usually maintained
- Will help clear significant backlog
Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed the allocation of €582,690 in funding to Clare County Council, under the Local Improvement Scheme.
This scheme focuses on improvement works on private and non-publicly maintained roads.
These roads can often lead to multiple homes, farmland and amenities such as lakes, rivers or beaches.
“For a county with as many rural communities as Clare, funding under the Local Improvement Scheme is crucial,” said Deputy Crowe.
“This scheme is already oversubscribed in Clare, as so many of the people living on these small little laneways have applied over the past couple of years, so to have an injection of funding is vital to begin clearing that backlog so that new applications can be considered.
“Having grown up in a rural area myself, I know all too well how important it is to address necessary works on these minor roads.
“Those of us who travel these roads daily or weekly have a good understanding of how to use them, where the potholes are, where we can pull in to let people past etc but for the more occasional user they’re treacherous.
“It’s so important that we ensure that road users in our county, be they residents or visitors, are able to safely travel around.
“I would encourage anybody whose local road could benefit under the LIS to make contact with the roads section of the county council quickly.
“Despite the backlog in applications, it’s better to be in with a shout than to not have an application in and if I can be of assistance, I will.”