€370,000 in funding for repair of small roads


€370,290 in funding has been announced for 2018 Local Improvement Schemes in Co. Roscommon. 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 Local Authorities. The funding has been welcomed by local politicians.

  Minister Denis Naughten said: “This allocation will significantly impact on road conditions and accessibility for drivers, homeowners and businesses.

  “This allocation builds on the €1.8 million for repair works to non-public rural lanes, boreens and access roads in 2017 under the Local Improvement Scheme,” added Minister Naughten.

  Minister Naughten said he raised this as an issue on entering this Government as he sought the reintroduction of the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS). 

  Senator Maura Hopkins stated “This funding adds significantly to the funds that were provided for County Roscommon under the scheme in 2017.

  “This scheme will have a very positive impact for farmers to help them access their land and for residents who live on these private roads.

  Senator Frank Feighan said: “This scheme should not be underestimated, as it provides valuable access for people in rural areas to homes and farms as well as amenities such as lakes and rivers. Generally speaking, the local authority would not be in a position to fund repairs to such roads”.