Trans­port min­is­ter gives al­most €24m for county’s roads

Bray People - - News -

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil re­ceived al­most € 24 mil­lion un­der the 2009 Re­gional and Lo­cal Roads pro­gramme.

Speak­ing on Mon­day Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Noel Dempsey, he was de­lighted to be able to ear­mark more than € 607 mil­lion for the na­tion’s road in a time of eco­nomic hard­ship.

Wick­low County Coun­cil re­ceived €23,878,820 while Wick­low Town Coun­cil and Ark­low Town Coun­cil re­ceived €287,000 each.

Bray Town Coun­cil re­ceived €624,000 un­der the pro­gramme.

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vice for Roads, Sea­mus Walker, said that while the Coun­cil could al­ways do with ex­tra money they were happy with this year’s al­lo­ca­tion. ‘We are happy given the cur­rent cir­cum­stances with the al­lo­ca­tion. It is al­most the same as last year so we are happy we were not cut.’

Mr. Walker said that this in­cluded a grant of €12 mil­lion to part fund the Port Ac­cess Road and also a grant to re­pair Ballysmut­tan Bridge near Bless­ing­ton which was dam­aged dur­ing a storm late last year.

With re­gards to the fund­ing from the Na­tional Roads Au­thor­ity for the N11 and N81 Mr. Walker said there was mixed feel­ings.

The Coun­cil, he said, were happy with the al­lo­ca­tion for the N11 but less so with the N81.

The fund­ing for the N11 in­cludes a grant of € 60,000 to carry out safety works at Lil Doyle’s pub and also €8.8 mil­lion for the Ark­low Rath­new scheme.

While the Coun­cil didn’t get the go-ahead from Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to start this scheme Mr. Walker said the fund­ing will al­low them con­tinue buy­ing parcels of land to fa­cil­i­tate the road when it is given the green light.

Min­ster Noel Dempsey.

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