Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Roads Maintenance Funding
909. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport what action he will take to ensure equality of allocation of funding towards the repair of roads in Lower Ormond in North County Tipperary, particularly in the area of Rathcabbin where some vehicles cannot use public roads due to their state of bad repair, where school buses can no longer operate and where the situation has reached crisis point for those living in the area. [1308/16]
The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority. It should be noted that the main grant programmes funded by my Department are allocated on a "per kilometre" basis thus ensuring a fair and equitable approach for determining allocations to local authorities. The division of Department grant monies under the main programmes (Restoration Improvement, Restoration Maintenance and Discretionary Grant) between different local authority districts is decided at local level. I have been emphasising to local authorities the importance of prioritising expenditure on roads when allocating own resources, including revenue from Local Property Tax receipts.
I expect to announce the 2016 grant allocations for regional and local roads in the near future.