A rural laneway in Mayo. (Photo: Connaught Telegraph)

€610,944 LIS funding for rural roads in Mayo

FUNDING of €610,944 has been announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, for Mayo roads under the Local Improvement Scheme for 2022.

Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon welcomed the 'extremely positive announcement', which will see laneways and non-public roads in Mayo receive improved access to homes, farms and outdoor amenities.

Deputy Dillon said: “Prior to this news, Mayo local authority consulted with local residents and landowners to identify road and laneway projects where works could start immediately and be completed this year.

“Fine Gael is working to build stronger, safer communities and we want to see more people living, working and raising a family in our rural communities throughout the country. We will continue to fight for rural homeowners in Mayo and make the case for further increases in funding.

“The funding provided by the Department will be complemented by a local financial contribution from landowners/households. There is a ceiling of €1,200 on the amount that any individual householder or landowner will be asked to contribute towards the cost.”

He added: “The scheme provides substantial grant aid for the upgrade of these routes and assists homeowners with the costs. In many cases where there are multiple homes on a lane, neighbours will work together to draw down funding under the scheme.”