Longford Town Council pulls plug on road projects as cutbacks take toll

Work on all major new road projects in Longford Town for the remainder of this year are being suspended because of swingeing government reductions.

Work on all major new road projects in Longford Town for the remainder of this year are being suspended because of swingeing government reductions.

Local politicians learned of the news at a meeting of Longford Town Council last night (Wednesday) after it emerged was facing a deficit of over €200,000.

The figures, presented to elected members by its administrative officer Mark McNerney, are expected to surpass the €300,000 mark, if as expected the Government pulls up to €1.3m from the county’s overall Local Government Fund.

As a direct consequence of that drawback, council executives have decided to suspend all road contract work for 2012 with the refurbishment of St Mel’s Road in Longford town emerging as the biggest casualty.

Those resurfacing and re-design works were expected to cost over €100,000, a sum which Mr McNerney admitted was simply too expensive for the council to stomach.

“We have looked at areas where we can make savings and we have gone through all the service areas and what we have decided to do is to curtail expenditure. We simply have no choice,” he said.

Additional spending cuts are also anticipated over the coming months as politicians try desparately to balance the council’s budget before the turn of the year.

For more on this breaking story, see next week’s Longford Leader.