Councillors call for north Kilkenny roads funding boost

County Councillors representing the Ballyragget Electoral Area of Kilkenny are to explore the possibility of securing increased funding for roadworks in that area, due to the high number of laneways currently requiring restoration.

County Councillors representing the Ballyragget Electoral Area of Kilkenny are to explore the possibility of securing increased funding for roadworks in that area, due to the high number of laneways currently requiring restoration.

At a meeting on monday for the Ballyragget Electoral Area, a number of councillors enquired as to whether there was a case to be made for an increased allowance for that part of the county, given the disproportionate amount of laneways and culs de sac in disrepair.

“The number of lanes [in the Ballyragget Electoral Area] compared to the rest of the county is huge,” said Cllr John Brennan, who suggested that an appeal be made to Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan regarding increased funding.

Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh, who chaired the meeting, concurred. She said the criteria for funding allocation needed to be re-examined.

“We represent an area with an abundance of culs-de-sac.”

“Can I make a suggestion that the money be allocated in direct proportion to the number of laneways that are in your electoral area?”

The five councillors formally approved a document setting out details of funding for various roadworks, drainage and footpath repairs in the north of the county.

Cllr Pat Millea asked that the works to the LP 1004 road at Bootstown be given priority and carried out as a matter of urgency.

“This is one that needs to be done first, as it was left last year,” said Cllr Millea.

“I was told it would be the first issue on account of how bad it is. You can hardly drive it at the moment.”

The Bootstown scheme has the highest allocation of funding of all the non-national road restoration projects, with almost €185,000 set aside to improve the road.