Hogan to be pressed over LIS scheme

Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD

Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD

Environment Minister Phil Hogan is to be pressed for financial aid to help maintain Longford’s extensive network of privately classed roads, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Cllrs John Duffy and Luie McEntire led calls for additional monies to be included for a Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) at last week’s county council meeting.

The formerly named Fine Gael representative tabled a notice of motion asked the council to consider reserving specific monies for the scheme before ratifying its roads budget for 2014.

“It’s a bit presumptious until we (council) see what’s in the roads budget, but we have 165 applications pending and I would like to see it re-opened,” said Cllr Duffy.

His Fianna Fail colleague, Cllr McEntire said he had in fact raised the matter previously as he cited the difficulties some constituents were presently faced with.

“I know of one lane with 15 people on it and no one can do anything,” he said, while also raising the possibility of a meeting with Mr Hogan before any roads allocation is announced.




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