There has been a cut of almost a half in the Maintenance Grant for National Roads in South Tipperary in 2014.
The allocation, from the National Roads Authority, for 2014 is €180,287, compared to €360,022 last year.
However council officials are not worried as new procedures for roads grant applications could yet see that figure increased to an amount similar to last year.
There was good news included in the National Roads funding allocations, when they were presented at the January meeting of South Tipperary County Council. The Winter Maintenance Grant has increased for national secondary roads from €16,000 last year to €46,000 this year.
There is also funding for several road works schemes. €520,000 has been allocated to traffic calming measures at Thomastown; €40,000 for the construction of pedestrian facilities at Pill Road in Carrick on Suir; €100,000 has been allocated to the preparation of tenders for realignment schemes at Arrigan’s Boreen and Ballyhusty; and several road surfacing schemes are being prepared and may receive funding.
Cllr Michael Fitzgerald welcome the Thomastown scheme which he said will “help the school no end.” He urged the council to take into account submissions from local people.