Public & Commuter Transport Minister and local TD, Alan Kelly, has announced the provision for €1.7 million worth of road maintenance funding for Tipperary.
The funding is part of the first ever national ‘Community Involvement Scheme’ which will see residents work with local authority personnel to ensure drainage and resurfacing works are carried out on rural isolated roads. Residents will contribute directly to the cost of the works either through monetary contribution or through the supply of labour or machinery.
The funding will be allocated over a two year period and is part of a national scheme overseen by Minister Alan Kelly who has hailed this as a ‘’new and innovative approach to road maintenance’
“Local authorities in Tipperary have asked communities to come up with a portion of the cost of road maintenance either through funding, labour provision, machinery supply or other forms of benefit,”
“This funding is then being added to my Department’s spend to prioritise maintenance in rural isolated areas and will allow communities have a direct input along with their local authority into local road maintenance,”
“In the normal course of a County Council’s road works programme, repairs to minor county roads would only be considered towards the end of the programme after more heavily trafficked routes had been dealt with and the purpose of this pilot community involvement scheme is to permit local participation in the repair of roads.”
“In this way, if there are particular problems affecting a given stretch of road and if the local community are willing to assist the local authority (in money or kind) with the necessary works, then such roads can be improved sooner than would otherwise be the case. As such, the scheme recognises local community involvement in this area, without in any way taking from the statutory responsibilities of county councils.”
“This pilot Community Involvement in Road Works Scheme is purely a voluntary scheme and is available to give local communities the opportunity to have these works completed where they would not normally be considered for funding.” Concluded Minister Kelly.