Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (389, 390)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

389. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the level of funding awarded under the LIHAF scheme to each local authority nationwide; the progress to date in respect of the spending of such funds by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38697/20]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

390. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the expenditure to date of the funding awarded to Kildare County Council under LIHAF; the extent to which all the funding has been spent or are in hand thereof; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38698/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 389 and 390 together.

The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) was designed to support housing supply by relieving critical infrastructure blockages. 30 projects were approved with an overall budget of €195.7m, €146.8m Exchequer funded and the remainder funded by local authorities. Full details of the approvals are available online at www.rebuildingireland.ie/LIHAF.

Of the 30 projects, 2 projects will not proceed. Kildare County Council has confirmed that the Naas Inner Relief Road will not progress and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has confirmed that the Clay Farm project will now not proceed.

Currently, 5 LIHAF projects have completed infrastructure construction. Up to the end of October 2020, 12 projects are at infrastructure construction stage or have been approved to move to same. Of the remaining 11 projects, one is expected to have a tender approved in Q4 2020 and go to construction in Q1 2021.

10 are not yet ready to go to infrastructure tender stage, a precursor to receive approval to proceed to construction. Of these ten, five are advancing through the detailed design and planning stage and the remaining five projects are currently under review. My Department while reviewing these projects will consider requests from local authorities for extensions to the funding agreements as and when they arise.

In terms of LIHAF funding drawdown, thus far, most infrastructure projects have been at the design, planning and procurement stages, and the bulk of expenditure will arise during the construction phase. This is reflected in the level of expenditure to end October 2020, with approximately €52.279 million in Exchequer funds drawn down (matched by a further 25% local authority funding bringing the total expenditure to €69.705m). The table below details the exchequer funding drawn down up to end of October 2020.

Local Authority

Project Name

Drawdown of LIHAF funding Exchequer Contribution to end of October 2020 (€)

Clare

Claureen, Ennis

157,919

Cork City

Old Whitechurch Road

7,439,757

Cork City

South Docks

2,300,316

Cork City

Glanmire

606,240

Cork County

Midleton (Water-rock)

388,645

Cork County

Carrigaline

450,000

Dublin City

Dodder Bridge

637,480

Dublin City

Belmayne and Clongriffin

415,421

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Cherrywood

2,939,404

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Woodbrook Shanganagh

0

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Clay Farm

0

Fingal

Donabate Distributor Road

10,780,000

Fingal

Oldtown Mooretown

4,020,000

Fingal

Baldoyle Stapolin

2,199,322

Kildare

Naas

470,190

Kildare

Maynooth

430,620

Kildare

Sallins

654,584

Kilkenny

Ferrybank

350,000

Kilkenny

Western Environs

5,577,215

Limerick

Mungret

2,131,399

Louth

Newtown Drogheda

88,577

Louth

Mount Avenue Dundalk

172,945

Meath

Ratoath

1,297,186

Meath

Farganstown, Navan

3,743,972

South Dublin

Kilcarbery/Corkagh Grange

883,846

South Dublin

Clonburris SDZ

31,053

South Dublin

Adamstown

2,072,178

Waterford City and County Council

Gracedieu

112,234

Waterford City and County Council

Kilbarry

1,845,714

Westmeath

Brawny Road, Athlone

82,500