Calls have been made for a "footpath fund" in Carlow Town despite them costing €300 per square metre in urban areas.
The matter came up at the October meeting of Carlow Municipal District.
Cllr Fintan Phelan said a "footpath fund is needed here in the town" and to maintain the infrastructure in the housing estates as well.
Area engineer, Pat Harrington, said he does not have a "direct allocation for footpaths" but local representatives can direct funding if they wish.
"You're talking about €300 a square metre for footpaths in an urban area. The amount you get done for a sizeable allocation is not massive," he added.