With a shortfall of nearly E1 million in funding to South Tipperary County Council under the Non National Roads Budget for 2013, and little chance of additional funding from government, Cllr Tom Wood believes that the programme of works recently announced for the Cashel Electoral Area is as good as can be expected.
He welcomes the allocation of E248,000 for drainage, asphalt overlay, the continuation of a footpath and public lighting on the Dualla Road, east of the Community School and says an additional E40,000 will ensure the completion of footpath construction and public lighting on the Clonmel Road, between Ard Mhuire and Saint Cormac’s Cemetery.
Under the Specific Capital Works Programme a further E210,000 has been made available for flood relief and drainage at Cathaganstown, Moyglass to the Laffansbridge Road; a new footpath and public lighting in Holycross; completion of road widening and footpath in Rossmore; and safety measures between the road edge and stream at Rocklow (Fethard to Moyglass).
Improvements of E115,000 will be carried out at Ballagh and Knockavilla (Killenure), while Blackbridge, Thurlesbeg and Camus will see a total of E130,000 spent on surface dressing and roadmarking.
Ardmayle, Boytonrath, Marlow, Cloonyross, Cathaganstown and Farranaleen have been allocated a total of E182,000 for drainage and surface dressing with a further E617,000 earmarked for drainage, wetmix and surface dressing at Rossmore, Woodhouse, Railstown, Gaile, Knockroe, Ballytarsna and Knocksaintlaur.
E135,000, under the Specific Improvement Grant, will enable reconstruction and repair work to be carried out on three bridges, Rossmore Creamery Bridge, Ballygriffin Bridge and Farranaleen Bridge with a further E30,000 to be spent on improving sightlines, fencing and providing a kerb at the Cross of the Hough, Clonoulty.
While funding has yet to be made available under the Community Involvement Scheme, Cllr Wood advised interested parties to make an application before the March 22 closing date.