Over €850,000 allocated for upgrades to small roads in Galway

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More than €850,000 has been allocated for upgrades of small roads that fall outside of Galway County Council’s jurisdiction.

The Department of Rural and Community Development has allocated €856,959 for 29 roads projects in Galway under the Local Improvement Scheme this year.

Galway East TD Seán Canney said the programme is “part of a vital series of funding schemes in support of Rural Ireland.”

“The LIS allows homes and farms on unadopted roads and boreens to receive the lion’s share of funding for improvements.”

“There is also a supplementary list of proposals if any projects listed for priority are withdrawn or if additional funding becomes available.”

The Independent TD said that he is pleased that funding for the scheme has been maintained at the same level as last year.

The Local Improvement Scheme provides funding to local authorities to carry out improvement works on private and non-publicly maintained roads.

Depending on the work being carried out and the number of households using the roads in question, a local contribution of either up to 15% of the cost of the cost of the project, or €1,200, is required.

The proposed projects which are to receive a funding allocation have until June 17 to submit their supporting documentation.

Deputy Canney said that any incoming government must support funding for rural Ireland to “redress regional inequalities and to invest in our infrastructure as the economy recovers post COVID-19.”