Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Questions (54)

James Browne


54. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to provide additional funding for the local improvement scheme in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22730/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Local Improvement Scheme, or LIS, is a programme for improvement works on small private or non-public roads in rural areas. The scheme is funded by my Department and is administered through the Local Authorities.

On 7th February last I launched the 2019 LIS and allocated a sum of €10 million to Local Authorities under the scheme. The number and location of roads to benefit from improvement works in 2019 is a matter for the relevant Local Authority. Funding Allocations on a county by county basis can be found on the website at the following link:  Co. Wexford received an allocation of €329,878 under the 2019 LIS.

It is clear that there is a continuing demand for LIS funding in rural communities across Ireland. The level of funding available for the scheme is determined as part of the annual Estimates process.