€781k for Wexford lanes and rural roads

By Dan Walsh

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D. has allocated €781.027 to Wexford County Council under the Local Improvement Scheme for 2022.

KNOCKDUFF LANE, near Bree, one of the many beautiful and environmentally friendly roadways located across rural Co. Wexford.

Welcoming the news Deputy Paul Kehoe told WexfordLocal.com;” This extremely positive announcement will see our laneways and non-public roads in Wexford receive improved access to homes, farms and outdoor amenities.

“Prior to this news, Wexford 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 Wexford 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,” concluded Deputy Kehoe.

Senator Malcolm Byrne told WexfordLocal.com he also welcomes the news saying that the government announcement today is incredibly positive news for many rural dwellers in Wexford who are looking to have their roads resurfaced or upgraded. 

“With a doubling of the allocation for the Local Improvement Scheme to €781k, a lot more work will be done over the next year,” said Senator Byrne who added; “Residents that would like to see their lanes / roads improved apply in the first instance to Wexford County Council. I’ll be happy to assist anyone who wishes to apply.” 

Minister Heather Humphreys 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.

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