Cllr Ivan Connaughton has called on interested parties to submit applications to Roscommon County Council by January 31st for construction or improvements to non-public roads that: provide access to at least two parcels of land, are owned or occupied by different persons engaged in separate agricultural activities, provide access for the harvesting of turf on a non-commercial basis for two or more persons or are roadways deemed to be used by the public in the opinion of Roscommon County Council.
Cllr Connaughton said: “This scheme is primarily for access to agricultural activities and a grant of between 80-90% is available to successful applications. All property owners who would benefit from such a scheme must sign the application and overall it’s very straight forward.
“Following on from my proposal at a recent meeting of Roscommon County Council, I received unanimous support to open up applications for Local Improvement Schemes in 2018 and following years. In 2017, two allocations were received by Roscommon County Council, with a previous LIS list dating back to 2012 being used. I deemed this unfair and thankfully opening up applications will allow new schemes to apply and have a chance of being successful when more allocations come from Minister Ring’s department.
“While the allocations in the last quarter of 2017 are to be welcomed, the timing was not ideal. The timeframe to carry out the works before year end together with the poor weather conditions will result in the life span of the works carried out being substantially reduced.
“I have a notice of motion put forward for our January meeting seeking the department to make allocations for 2018 in the coming months to allow successful schemes carry out the construction or improvement works on their road during the summer months. I will be seeking support for my motion from my fellow councillors.
“Anyone seeking further information on the scheme or an application form can contact me on 090-6663700 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can contact your local councillor who will have the information,” he concluded.