Extra roads funding welcomed

Inishowen Labour councillor, Martin Farren, has welcomed an additional €1,589,050 towards funding for local roads. An extra €24 million is being allocated nationally for remedial work and the maintenance and strengthening of the regional and local road network across the country. Councillor Farren noted that 20% of the money can be used by local Councils for CIS schemes and 10% for LIS schemes, which will “greatly assist local communities.”

He said: “CIS schemes facilitate a person, or group of persons, with the consent of the Council, to carry out maintenance and improvement works on local roads. This allows community participation, either in money or in kind (for example through the provision of road-machinery, excavators, road building material, labour, etc.) in having lightly trafficked roads maintained to a good standard.

Colr Farren added: “Similarly, LIS schemes provide funding for roads and laneways that have not been taken in charge by the Council, the maintenance and improvement of which is a matter for the relevant landowner. Approval can be sought from this extra allocation to fund urgent road safety projects which local authorities wish to progress this year.

“This year, already, local roads maintenance projects have been carried out on the roads between Ballybrack and Drumaweir, at Carricknock, James’ Street and Foyle Street Moville, Ballymacarter, Irish Town, from Drung to Whitecastle school and Rooskey.” Colr Farren commended the Council’s roads and water services teams and called upon local groups and landowners to engage with them to optimise the funding.