€399,000 for work on minor roads in Wexford
Minister of State Paul Kehoe was on familiar ground this week as he announced plans for road improvements.
The Chief Whip unveiled for €399,000 worth of plans for improvements to minor roads around County Wexford under the 'Community Involvement Scheme'.
His own Enniscorthy district features highly in the list of nine projects which will be supported under the scheme.
But the elimination of potholes will come with a price tag for the households that will benefit from the smoother carriageways.
Local communities will be expected to stump up to half the money needed to smooth out the roads.
Projects at Cloroguemore Lane in Kiltealy, Dranagh in Caim, Clonjordan in Marshalstown, Monbeg in Ballindaggin and Kilbora near Ferns all feature.
The roll call is completed by the two smallest projects, both in Rosslare, at Bearlough and Mauritiustown.
Government Chief Whip Kehoe explained: 'if the local community are willing to assist the local authority (in money or kind) with the necessary works, then such roads can be improved sooner than would otherwise be the case. As such, the scheme recognises local community involvement in this area, without in any way taking from the statutory responsibilities of county councils.'
Priciest of the amounts sanctioned by the Department of the Environment is the €198,000 for the Dranagh/Cloheadon link in Caim, where the local contribution will be one-fifth of the €198,000 earmarked.
The demand on the neighbours will be stiffer in the case of Clonjordan in Marshalstown where two projects have a combined price tag of €192,000 - half of which will be the responsibility of the locals. .
Similarly, a 50 per cent local contribution will be demanded in Ballindaggin where two projects at Monbeg will cost a total just under €145,000.
The same rule will apply in the case of Cloroguemore Lane in Kiltealy where the work is set to cost €45,000.
A 40 per cent local contribution will be demanded in the case of Kilbora in Ferns while the 20 per cent rule will apply at Bearlough and Mauritiustown in Rosslare.
The full list released yesterday (Monday) is:
€198,000 Dranagh/Cloheadon, Caim (1,100 metres; 20 per cent local contribution)
€192,500 Clonjordan Lane, Marshalstown (5,500 & 5,500 metres; 50 per cent local contribution)
€144,925 Monbeg, Ballindaggin (1,000 & 1,000 metres; 50 per cent local contribution)
€48,667 Kilbora, Ferns (1,800 metres; 40 per cent local contribution)
€45,000 Cloroguemore, Kiltealy (300 metres; 50 per cent local contribution)
€12,500 Bearlough, Rosslare (390 metres; 20 per cent local contribution)
€12,500 Mauritiustown, Rosslare (390 metres; 20 per cent local contribution)