TEMPLEMORE area council is to consider writing to applicants on the Templemore area council CARS scheme list to see if they have the required funding to proceed with work in their area. Under the scheme, local communities must come up with a percentage of the cost of carrying out work in their area.
Area engineer John Jones recommnended to councillors at their June meting in Templemore that Ballysorrel Lane, Clonlong, and Roscrea’s Green Street and Kennedy Park be the council’s priorities. He pointed out that two other areas - Ballyhally near Borris-in-Ossory and Monahincha, Roscrea, were in good condition.
However, Cllr Michael Smith said there would be a time problem with Green Street, Roscrea, and asked that residents be given seven weeks to come up with the required contribution.
Mr Jones said Green Street could be done at the end of September. He told Cllr John Hogan that while Kennedy Park had received money previously, this was a new application.
Cllr Hogan described Kennedy Park as “only a lane”, to which Cllr Smith said it would be unfair to leave the estate out and to carry outwork elsewhere.
“I would like it to be left in on the list,” he said.
When Cllr Hogan suggested writing to each applicant asking them if they had the required funding, Cllr Smith was emphatic that “it is not for us to say it was a case of first in the with money in their back pocket got the work done”.
But Cllr Hogan replied: “The scheme is not working. The bulk of the money is going back to the council because people are not coming up with the money.”
He suggested that no decision be made until after the full county council meeting this Monday.
Meanwhile, Mr Jones told councillors that work on College Hill, Roscrea, would cost around E13,000 and that it would need to be done in its entirely and not bit by bit.