With a shortfall of nearly one million euro in available funding to South Tipperary County Council under the Non National Roads Budget for 2013 and little chance of additional funding from central government, Councillor Tom Wood believes that the programme of works recently announced for the Cashel Electoral Area is as good as can be expected.
He welcomes the allocation of 248,000 euro for drainage, asphalt overlay, the continuation of a footpath and public lighting on the Dualla Road, east of the Community School and says an additional 40,000 euro will ensure the completion of footpath construction and public lighting on the Clonmel Road, between Ard Mhuire and Saint Cormacs Cemetery.
Under the Specific Capital Works Programme a further 210,000 euro has been made available for flood relief and drainage at Cathaganstown, Moyglass to the Laffansbridge Road; a new footpath and public lighting in Holycross; the completion of road widening and footpath in Rossmore; and safety measures between the road edge and stream at Rocklow (Fethard to Moyglass). Restoration Improvements at a cost of 115,000 euro will be carried out at Ballagh and Knockavilla (Killenure), while Blackbridge, Thurlesbeg and Camus will see a total of 130,000 euro spent on Surface Dressing and Roadmarking.
Areas at Ardmayle, Boytonrath, Marlow, Cloonyross, Cathaganstown and Farranaleen have been allocated a total of 182,000 euro for Drainage and Surface Dressing with a further 617,000 euro earmarked for Drainage, Wetmix and Surface Dressing at Rossmore, Woodhouse, Railstown, Gaile, Knockroe, Ballytarsna and Knocksaintlaur.
A budget of 135,000 euro will enable reconstruction and repair work to be carried out on three bridges, Rossmore Creamery, Ballygriffin and Farranaleen Bridges with a further 30,000 euro to be spent on improving sightlines, fencing and providing a kerb buildout at the Cross of the Hough, Clonoulty. While no funding has yet been made available under the Community Involvement Scheme, Councillor Wood advised interested parties to make an application before the 22nd March, closing date.