Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD Peter Burke says Longford farmers will reap benefits from proposed changes to Fair Deal Scheme
Homeowners and businesses living on non public roads are celebrating a €250,000 windfall this week after a new raft of funding was announced by the Government under its Local Improvement Scheme (LIS).
Local politicians, led by Fine Gael Longford Westmeath TD Peter Burke and constituency colleague, OPW Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, have been quick to herald the news.
“I learned from Minister Michael Ring (Rural Affairs Minister) this morning (Tuesday) that €250,000 is on its way to the county to repair 1,091km2 of badly damaged roads under the Local Improvement Scheme," said Mr Burke.
“This is a fantastic scheme re-started by the Government after it was cut during the recession.
“This funding is the only source available to the landowners, residents and farmers.
“It is vital to maintain access to small homes and yards across Longford and I am delighted that such a stretch will be covered in 2018.”
“€10 million in total has been allocated for 2018, and it is allocated in relation to the geographic size of the county relevant to the total fund.
“There is a minimum threshold of €250,000 so due to Longford’s small size, it punches above its weight in relation to funding due to this threshold.
“ Longford County Council will be informed of the allocation today (Tuesday) and will be asked to revert with list of projects by 23rd March.
“Residents have already applied to the Council directly.
His Independent Alliance government sidekick, Mr Moran, said the €250,000 allocated to Longford allied to over €280,000 to Westmeath was hugely significant.
Evidence of the new found funding streams aimed at reestablishing LIS countywide comes after sustained lobbying and impassioned pleas by several local politicians.