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Leitrim County Council urged to seek increased funding for LIS schemes

Sep 28, 2021 07:51 By Shannonside News
Leitrim County Council urged to seek increased funding for LIS schemes
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It was suggested that the local should seek to apply for larger amounts of funding, so that the money ultimately returned to the Council would be greater

Leitrim County Council is being urged to try and apply for much more funding to tackle the major backlog of local roads requiring improvement in the county.

The September meeting of the Ballinamore M.D backed two Local Improvements Scheme applications over the approval limit of €65,000 which Councillors claimed showed that much more money was required to clear the almost 100 LIS backlog.

Leitrim received two separate tranches of LIS funding this year, but a senior Council official claimed that receiving money later in the year for works meant it was difficult to get the works completed, and that there was currently issues in trying to source contractors to carry out works.

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The meeting heard that a recent application by the Council for LIS funding of €350,000 returned a successful application of just over €230,000.

It was suggested that the local should seek to apply for larger amounts of funding, so that the money ultimately returned to the Council would be greater.

Councillor Brendan Barry feels the Council should be applying for close to a million euro in the next round of funding.

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