Funding for the Local Improvement Scheme has been doubled to €22 million as part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious policy for rural development and local TDs have welcomed the news that Laois will receive funding of €860,277, a significant increase in the allocation.
“This positive announcement will see our laneways and non-public roads in Laois receive improved access to homes, farms and outdoor amenities,” said Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan.
“Prior to this news, Laois Local Authority consulted with local residents and landowners to identify road and laneway projects where works could start immediately and be completed this year.
“Fine Gael is working to build stronger, safer communities and we want to see more people living, working and raising a family in our rural communities throughout the country.
“We will continue to fight for rural homeowners in Laois and make the case for further increases in funding.
“The funding provided by the Department will be complemented by a local financial contribution from landowners/households. There is a ceiling of €1,200 on the amount that any individual householder or landowner will be asked to contribute towards the cost.
Deputy Flanagan added: “The scheme provides substantial grant aid for the upgrade of these routes and assists homeowners with the costs.
“In many cases where there are multiple homes on a lane, neighbours will work together to draw down funding under the scheme.”
“This is very positive news for people who live and/or use non-public roads and rural laneways for access to their homes, farms and outdoor amenities,” added Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming.
“Laois County Council has already consulted with the local communities in relation to this scheme.
“The Council has submitted its application for funding to the Department based on the level of works the Council is confident it can deliver before the end of this year.
“This announcement at this stage means all the projects identified by the Council can begin immediately and this is great news for local residents and people who use these roads.
“Finally, I would encourage all people who feel their non-public roads or laneways can come under the scheme to immediately contact the County Council so their application can be considered for the next round of funding in the coming year.”