Fine Gael Councillor Michael Murphy has welcomed the allocation of â‚¬1,112,965 under the Roadworkâ€™s Programme 2013 for the Clonmel Electoral Area.
A total of â‚¬716,965 will be directly spent on regional and local road improvement in areas surrounding Clonmel, â‚¬55,000 on a number of safety initiatives, â‚¬11,000 on signage and â‚¬330,000 on a number of special projects.
Of the total amount allocated, â‚¬480,000 is coming from the Council releasing some of the road development contributions paid by applicants who received planning permission in the Clonmel Electoral Area in recent years.
These contributions will now be spent on direct improvements to the road infrastructure in the Clonmel Area. Councillor Murphy has been lobbying Council officials for the release of these funds since the middle of last year.
â€œThis is excellent news for the people in the Clonmel Electoral Area. The roads programme will see significant road improvement in all areas surrounding Clonmel, including Kilsheelan, Clerihan, Lisronagh, Powerstown, Grange, Killusty, Marlfield and Ballypatrick.â€
Cllr Murphy continued: â€œin addition, there are a number of specific projects that represent great news for the villages of Marlfield, Kilsheelan and Clerihan.
Marlfield Village has been allocated â‚¬60,000 towards footpath reconstruction which is urgently needed.
Kilsheelan Village has had an allocation of â‚¬40,000 towards traffic calming outside the school as well as â‚¬66,000 for road improvement.
Working closely with Kilsheelan Tidy Towns Committee, I know the dangers associated with this location and the importance of this funding. I am confident that local people will see a real improvement to traffic conditions upon the completion of these works.â€
â€œFinally, the allocation of â‚¬188,000 to two projects is Clerihan is to be specially welcomed. â‚¬50,000 has been allocated towards the completion of the front boundary wall and public lighting at the Clerihan Community Field.
A further â‚¬138,000 has been approved for the Clerihan Village Enhancement Scheme, the purpose of which is to facilitate and guide improvement works to the streetscape of the village. The scheme will involve works around the village centre including hard and soft landscaping, improved pedestrian amenity, public lighting, street furniture, etc.
Clerihan has seen significant growth over recent years and given its location on the main Clonmel-Cashel road, these works are hugely important for the village centre. I know that the entire community in Clerihan will benefit greatly from this enhancement to their living environment and village amenity.â€
â€œI would like to thank South Tipperary County Council for preparing this detailed programme and I look forward to its early completion,â€ concluded Cllr Murphy.