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Local Improvement scheme-politician wasting tax payers money to get votes

  • 16-08-2021 7:40pm
    Registered Users Posts: 185 ✭✭

    I see Sinn Fein has called on Heather Humphries to explain why her constituency was allocated a disproportionate amount of money under the Local Improvement scheme.

    For those people who drive on poorly maintained roads this scheme is supposed to be for the repair of private roads. The owners pay a max of €1200 per landowner for the work-regardless of the total cost. This scheme is going on for the last few years and while I have no problem with the original concept it is frequently abused. This year the Govt removed the requirement for the public to have access to the roads and the owners can now have gates or barriers at the entrance. This is leading to what can only be described as driveways leading to one or two properties now qualifying for the scheme. In some counties works has been carried on up to and around houses and farmyards. In some cases these roads are only used by one or two farmers who drive a tractor up and down to sheds but the council are putting in tarmac finishes under this scheme.

    If you have seen works on such a road near you lately while you struggle to avoid the potholes chances are it is being done under this scheme.

    People need to ask their local politicians why so much money is being spent on private roads brining them up to a standard beyond the nearby public roads.

    By the way Sinn Fein are not behind the door in making reps for roads to be done under this scheme-like the rest if a grant gets you a few votes then don't let value for money get in the way.