Communities responding well to new road scheme
There has been a better than anticipated level of interest in the Community Involvement Scheme which sees local residents and farmers contribute to the cost of road repairs to small rural roads and cul de sacs with over 20 applications to Louth County Council so far.
Cllr Tomas Sharkey had asked for an update on how many applications there had been for the scheme and if the council was to accept all applications would they have enough funds in their budget to do all the works.
Cllr Jim Lennon said that everyone he had spoken to about the scheme was delighted and were willing to pay to have the repairs carried out to their roads. He hoped that all the applicants would be done but he feared that the €150,000 which the council was receiving from the department would be insufficient.
Cllr Pearse McGeough was concerned that the scheme discriminates against householders who can't afford the contribution.
'I think people do perceive the scheme positively and in some cases people are prepared to pay more than the 20% asked,' said Cllr Colm Markey.
Senior Engineer Mr Gerry Kelly said that 24 applicants had been received. He said the amount of money available to Louth County Council would depend on the uptake up the scheme in other counties.