Tuesday 27 September 2022
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Cllr. O’Shea Welcomes Announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys of €11 million in Funding for Local Improvement Scheme 2022

Cllr. O’Shea Welcomes Announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys of €11 million in Funding for Local Improvement Scheme 2022

–      Cork County to Receive €879,099 in 2022

–      Funding to improve access on our rural roads and laneways

–      Overall increase of €500,000 on 2021 allocation

–      Over €90 million provided to local authorities under Local Improvement Scheme since 2017

North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has warmly welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD on funding of €11 million for repairs and improvement works on our rural roads and laneways.

This funding, under the Minister’s Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), will support the continued improvement of non-public roads and lanes that are not normally maintained by the local authorities. Such roads represent a vital piece of infrastructure for rural residents – providing access to people’s homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes, rivers or beaches.

The funding represents an increase of €500,000 on the initial 2021 allocation, with each county receiving an increase in their allocation accordingly. With this additional funding, over €90 million has now been allocated to local authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme since it was re-introduced 2017.

Speaking at the announcement of the allocation, Minister Humphreys said “I’m pleased to announce €11 million in funding which will improve hundreds of our rural roads and laneways across the country. Local connectivity is vital for rural communities. Our Rural Future clearly recognises this. The Local Improvement Scheme is an important source of funding for small non-public roads and laneways leading to homes and farms or to amenities such as lakes, rivers and beaches. Since the scheme was reintroduced in 2017, over, 3,000 roads have been funded for repair works. This has made a real difference to the lives of over 13,000 landowners and residents in rural Ireland. I acknowledge that strong demand for this funding remains across the country. In some counties, local authorities have significant levels of applications on hand. My priority is to continue to fund the works on roads leading to agricultural holdings given their importance for farm families and our agriculture sector.”

Cllr. O’Shea added “ We got a number of roads in North Cork completed under this Scheme over the last few years and I am delighted we have allocated more funding again this year. I will work with my constituents who have submitted an application for the LIS and try to get as many as possible done during 2022”.

Minister Humphreys continued “I would urge each local authority to utilise the funding announced today, and complete the repair works on the selected roads as soon as possible. I am delighted that the first year of implementing ‘Our Rural Future’ has seen great progress across a range of initiatives and supports for rural Ireland. Today’s announcement is further evidence of the strong commitment of my Department to making a real difference in rural Ireland”.

The allocation to each county under the LIS for 2022 is available at https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/44d48-our-rural-future-minister-heather-humphreys-announces-11-million-for-upgrade-works-on-rural-roads-and-laneways/#

Local authorities are responsible for identifying and prioritising roads for improvement works under the scheme, in consultation with residents/landowners. The funding provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development will be complemented by a local financial contribution from landowners/householders, as well as local authority resources. There will be a cap of €1,200 on the amount that any individual householder or landowner will be asked to contribute towards the cost of repairs to their road. 

Further Info:

The LIS was reintroduced in September 2017 and €80 million has already been provided for works on over 3,000 roads. The additional funding announced today will bring that total to over €90 million.

Eligible Roads:

Eligible roads under the Local Improvement Scheme are:

–      non-public roads that provide access to parcels of agricultural land, or provide access for harvesting purposes (including turf or seaweed) for two or more persons.; or

–      Non-public roads leading to important community amenities such as graveyards, beaches, piers, mountains, etc.

Non Eligible Roads :

Non-eligible roads include:

–      Roads serving only houses or buildings occupied or used by persons not engaged in agriculture, and

–      Roads leading to commercial enterprises

Local contribution:

The financial contribution provided by the household/landowner is set at:

– 10% of the estimated cost for eligible roads with up to and including 5 households/landowners, and

– 15% for those roads with 6 or more households/landowners.

The maximum amount that any household/landowner is required to contribute is capped at €1,200.