Roads budget slashed by €1m

Leitrim County Council
Leitrim’s County Councillors are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Transport in a bid to secure additional roads funding after it emerged that roads grants were slashed by €1m this year.

Leitrim’s County Councillors are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Transport in a bid to secure additional roads funding after it emerged that roads grants were slashed by €1m this year.

In a document issued to Leitrim’s Municipal District meetings, councillors were told that this year had seen another reduction in roads grants and, as extra sources of funding were not identifiable at this time, the cuts “will have a serious effect on the level of service we (Leitrim County Council) can deliver.

“The challenge for this year, like the previous few years, will be to deliver the most efficient level of service possible within the limited budget available,” noted the document which outlined the Council’s proposed Annual Area Programme for 2015.

The Area Programme is made up of funds allocated from the Council’s own budget, the National Roads Authority and the Department of Transport allocation of National and Non-National Roads.

This year the area programme has a value of just €7,461,000, down €1m on last year’s allocations. Most galling for councillors has been the abolition of funding for Community Involvement Schemes in 2015, marking a massive drop of just over €800,000 in funding for the Council.

Roads funding has been consistently targeted in funding cuts with allocations dropping from around €14m in 2008 to just over €7.4m in 2015.

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