Roscommon County Council members welcomed the allocation of €3.2 million in funding under the Active Travel scheme for local projects. The allocation includes a rollover of funding from projects announced last year.
Projects including the upgrade of footpaths, cycleways and walking trails will benefit from €3,264,792 in total this year.
Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher said the €70,000 allocated to the development of the link road between the N61 and the Golf Links Road “showed people that we are listening to their concerns”.
Cllr. Marty McDermott said the funding was greatly welcome and he “hoped they could proceed quickly”.
“The road between Hannon’s Hotel and the Golf Links Road is quite dangerous. It’s a great amenity for walking and cycling,” he said.
Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice also welcomed €80,000 in funding for a route linking Knockroe and Ballindrimley in Castlerea.
“This is a very large project and I’m delighted to get this funding which will bring this to the design stage,” he said.
Cllr. Donal Kilduff welcomed funding for footpaths in Lecarrow and a cycleway in Knockcroghery, which, he said, would further enhance and improve safety in both areas.
Cllr. Tom Crosby said: “Rooskey has been allocated €170,000 to complete the ongoing development works in the village, and Tarmonbarry has been allocated €80,000 to initiate plans and procurement works to provide a footpath from the village to Whitehall National School, which would be a major benefit to the wider community and will encourage school children to commute to school on foot and on bicycle”.
Cllr. Tony Ward welcomed funding for upgrades at Bealnamulla and Cloonakilla while Cllr. Valerie Byrne said the funding “does tremendous work” and was badly needed by towns and villages across Roscommon.