There was some good news for local road users at the recent meeting of South Tipperary County Council with the news that the council are to be allowed to use road funding in areas that most need remedial works.
Speaking at the council meeting, Director of Services Pat Slattery said that he had written to the Minister asking for discretion to spend 15% of the roads budget and although the exact request was not granted, changes in the allocations were made which will have almost the same affect.
Mr Slattery explained there is no more money available than in the original roads allocation but under the discretion he has been allowed it will be possible to carry out works on rural roads that up to now would not have qualified under strict criteria.
Funding for roads is still 15% less than in 2012 and less that is required to do all needed works.
The result of this means €556,000 can be divided across the county, money has been set aside for patching an drainage works this year. Works will be carried out in the Fethard area and in Hollyford in particular.
However councillors were warned that without additional assistance from central funds the county council will not be able to keep the patching unit going this year.
The news was welcomed by Cllr Joe Donovan who said the relaxation of minimum road length for works would save a lot of roads.
Cllr Michael Fitzgerald thanked the officials for attending the area roads meetings this year and taking a ‘hands-on’ approach.