'It's only right and fair': Taoiseach announces new funding for improvement of private roads
A €10 million programme to support the improvement of non-public rural roads in 2017 has been launched.
The Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) is a scheme for carrying out improvement works on private/non-public roads.
Often these roads lead to multiple residences, parcels of land that support agricultural activity or amenities such as lakes, rivers or the ocean.
The Department of Rural and Community Development will provide up to 90% of the funding through the Local Authorities, with the remaining contribution coming from local residents, or Local Authorities in the case of roads leading to public amenities.
Previously, an allocation was provided to Local Authorities to support works on these types of roads.
However, due to the pressures on public finances during the recent recessionary period, specific allocations to Local Authorities for the LIS scheme had to be curtailed.
Speaking at the launch of the programme at the National Ploughing Championships, the Taoiseach said he was delighted that Minister Michael Ring has launched a new round of the Local Improvement Scheme.
“It’s a really effective scheme to improve small roads, laneways and boreens which don’t come under the control of local authorities.