€10 million allocation for improvements to non-public rural roads
€1,200 cap on contributions by individuals introduced
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has today (Thursday, 7 February) announced that he will make €10 million available in a new round of funding for Local Improvement Scheme (LIS). This will support the continued improvement of non-public rural roads that enable people to access their homes and farms. Minister Ring has now allocated over €47 million to Local Authorities under the LIS since he re-introduced the Scheme in September 2017.
Significantly, Minister Ring has also announced that the 2019 LIS will include a cap of €1,200 on the amount that any individual householder or landowner will be asked to contribute towards the cost of repairs to their road.
Minister Ring said:
Speaking in relation to the cap on contributions from individuals, the Minister said:
The Minister continued:
Local authorities will be notified of their overall indicative allocation from the new €10 million round. The new round of funding will be released in two tranches:
1) Once local authorities have certified completion of projects approved under the October 2018 announcement, 50% of the funding will be made available.
2) The balance will be made available at a later stage, following completion of this next phase of projects.
The Minister concluded:
See list of indicative allocations on a county by county basis:
The LIS was reintroduced in September 2017 and a total of €17.4 million was allocated in 2017 and €21 million in 2018 to Local Authorities for LIS roads.
Eligible roads under the Local Improvement Scheme are non-public roads, often leading to houses and important community amenities such as graveyards, beaches, piers, mountains, etc. or other non-public roads that provide access to parcels of land, or provide access for harvesting purposes (including turf or seaweed) for two or more persons.