Fund­ing boost for dam­aged roads

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HER­LIHY

A sur­plus €1.1 mil­lion main­te­nance grant has been given to Cork un­der the roads pro­gramme from which the Kan­turk Mal­low mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict will re­ceive €125,000.

Jim Moloney of Cork County Coun­cil told coun­cil­lors at the monthly Kan­turk Mal­low mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict meet­ing that the money will be di­rected to­wards roads that were dam­aged dur­ing the very bad weather.

At the draft bud­getary meet­ing, for 2019, held on Fri­day last, Mr Moloney said, as the re­gion was hit by storms such as Ophe­lia and Emma, and then with the “very dry spell dur­ing the sum­mer” it also had an ef­fect on their roads.

“We ap­plied for and got fund­ing for Storm Ophe­lia and it cov­ered the pe­riod up un­til May but then there wasn’t any fund­ing but now the De­part­ment will give €1.1 mil­lion and that now means that the Kan­turk and Mal­low roads will get €125,000,” he said.

This ex­tra fund­ing will al­low the coun­cil to un­der­take patch­ing re­pairs.

“Min­is­ter Ring is set to give more fund­ing soon for the Lo­cal Im­prove­ment Scheme and Cork County Coun­cil will get €700,000,” he said.

Cllr Ger­ard Mur­phy (FG) said they are re­ceiv­ing “two tranches” of fund­ing this year and this must be wel­comed.

Chair­ing the meet­ing, Cllr Gearoid Mur­phy (FF) said the €125,000 was greatly wel­comed and he de­scribed the three year Roads Restora­tion Pro­gramme of €9.4 mil­lion as be­ing “re­ally ex­cel­lent.”

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