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9 projects in Cork East Constituency selected by Council to receive €206,211 under Local Improvement Scheme

Fine Gael TD for Cork East and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton, has welcomed confirmation that Cork County Council will receive €1 million for resurfacing and repairs of non-public rural roads. Funding is provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development through its Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) to roads projects which have been selected by Cork County Council.

“The LIS total budget for 2018 is €10 million of which Cork County Council will receive 10%. It is important to note that this funding is for use on non-public rural roads which are not under the maintenance of Cork County Council. Funding of €44.1 million has been allocated to Cork County Council earlier this year by the Department of transport for the ongoing maintenance, upkeep and improvements to regional and local roads,” said Minister Stanton.

The LIS funds improvements to small rural roads and laneways which are not under the normal maintenance of the local authorities. These roads often provide vital access to homes and farms as well as access to public amenities such as rivers, lakes and the sea. The Department of Rural and Community Development fund a maximum 90% of costs for approved projects with the balance provided by local residents or by Cork County Council.

Minster Stanton continued: “Under this year’s scheme, 9 projects in Cork East selected by Cork County Council to receive a total of €206,211:
• Coolinny/Lisheen Rathcormac (2nd Surface Dressing) – €1,863
• Ballynamuddagh, Araglen road (2nd Surface Dressing) – €8,159
• Kilmaclenine, Ballyclough – Gayer’s road to dolmen (2nd Surface Dressing) – €8,410
• Ballynoulty, Kildorrery (LIS 2490) – €47,817
• Ballyhoura, Doneraile (LIS 2573) – €21,600
• Glenally, Youghal – €36,167
• Ballybeg, Loop Road – €31,671
• Carrigacunna, Kilavullen: 2 road projects totalling – €50,524 (€21,080 & €29,444)

“In 2017, we reintroduced the Local Improvement Scheme after a break of eight years and over €27 million has been provided under the scheme to date. The LIS is a valuable support for rural families and businesses as it directly improves access to homes and farms thereby bringing real improvements people’s daily lives. It also boosts rural infrastructure and connectivity which is a key focus of our Action Plan for Rural Development.”