Roads funding should not be based on population

Manorhamilton

With a roads workshop due to be held next week for members of Leitrim County Council, members of Manorhamilton Municipal District have fired the first shot in a dispute over roads allocations warning Council staff that they will not accept a dispersal of funds based on population.

Prior to 2015, roads funding was divided on the basis of road kilometres in each electoral area. However, following the introduction of legislation, this was changed with allocations to districts made on the basis of 50% on population and 50% on road length.

At Monday's meeting, Cllr Mary Bohan said she and colleagues were not happy with cut to the district's roads funding last year.

“The allocation was cut because it was based on population. At the time we said we weren't happy about this, but when we went to the main meeting on the roads programme last year to voice our concerns we found that it was a fait accompli. The other two municipal districts had agreed to the budget and there was nothing we could do about it,” she said.

“The only fair way to split the allocation is based on road mileage and I won't agree to a proposal (based on population) and I want that conveyed back (to roads management).”

Her stand was supported by Cllr Frank Dolan who said that Manorhamilton councillors would “not stand for another cut. It is not just now but if roads funding is ever increased in future we will lose out even more if allocations are based on population.”