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Leitrim Local Improvement Scheme applications open next month

Oct 4, 2022 13:10 By Shannonside News
Leitrim Local Improvement Scheme applications open next month Leitrim Local Improvement Scheme applications open next month
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The meeting heard Once an application is submitted it cannot be changed.

Applications for the local improvement scheme in Leitirm will open next month.

The decision was made at a special meeting of the local authority today.

The LIS scheme provides funding to assist local authorities to carry out improvement works on private and non-publicly maintained roads and laneways.

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Elected representatives voted to open the call for Applications on November 1st next with a closing date on January 26th 2023.

Roadways eligible must include 2 landowners and one occupied house. Priority will no longer be given on a chronological based system but on applicants meeting a range of criteria.

This includes the condition of the road, the number of beneficiaries or the special medical circumstance of the home owner.

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Councillor Paddy O’Rourke raised reservations over the need for two landowners, he believes this will affect up to 50% of applications. However, council officials informed the meeting this was a condition enforced by the Department.

The meeting also heard Once an application is submitted it cannot be changed.

Sinn Fein’s Brendan Barry questioned what would happen if a householder had a change in medical circumstances and needed the laneway completed sooner than anticipated.

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Council officials stated if this was introduced it would mean there would be no priority list.

A review of the scheme will take place after a year.

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