Tolan Welcomes Progress on Laytown Public Toilets

Local Fine Gael Councillor, Sharon Tolan has today welcomed the appointment of Oliver Gaynor Building, Electrical and Heating Services to refurbish and reinstate the public toilets at the entrance to Laytown beach.

“I have worked hard over the past few years to secure the funding for a number of beach related capital works needed in the Laytown, Bettystown and Mornington area. Most notably securing €2 million in the Meath County Council Capital Plan for the Beach Management Plan. I am delighted that the Council have now awarded the contract to refurbish and reinstate the old toilet block in Laytown, that has remained boarded up for a long number of years. These public toilet facilities will not only benefit beach goers, but also users of the nearby Laytown Playground and the wider public, and take the pressure off local businesses that deserve to be allowed reserve their own facilities for patrons.” said Tolan.

Works are due to commence in the week beginner the 15th April, and will be open for the public in the coming months.

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Tolan Welcomes Mosney Road Drainage Works

I am delighted that drainage works have now commenced on the Mosney Road, just outside Julianstown.  I have worked hard during my term as your Local Councillor to highlight this issue, and I was delighted to secure a commitment to have these necessary works completed.  These drainage works will make such a difference to all those living on the Mosney Road, and also to the community in Mosney Direct Provision Centre.

I will continue to try to secure funding for footpaths and cycle lanes for this busy road, and for a bike stand and bus shelter for the popular bus stop at the top of the road.

I have written to both Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan and Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism, Shane Ross, requesting they allocate funding to Meath County Council for completion of much-needed footpaths and cycle lanes.

Tolan Welcomes progress on Spine Road in Laytown-Bettystown 

Tolan Welcomes progress on Spine Road in Laytown-Bettystown 

Local Fine Gael Councillor, Sharon Tolan has today welcomed news that consultants have now been appointed to progress the R150 Laytown to Bettystown Spine Road scheme. “MCC held a competitive tender process for a consultant to carry out the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), detailed design, tender and construction phases. The successful and unsuccessful candidates have now been notified, and I can confirm that Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates Ltd. was appointed on 26/7/2017 to bring the R150 Laytown to Bettystown Spine Road scheme through the different phases of the project outlined. This contract is officially underway and the council’s Transportation Section will have a start up meeting with the consultant early next month.” said Tolan
“The council have confirmed to me that the anticipated timelines have assumed a 10 month period to take the project through the CPO statutory process to the end of the oral hearing. Thereafter the decision to grant the CPO or otherwise will be in the hands of An Bord Pleanala. Beyond that then we anticipate a 7 month period to prepare contract documents and complete the tender process and a 9 month construction period. I will continue to push this project to completion as quickly as possible. If these timelines can be improved upon, I will do all I can to ensure they are. The progress of the Spine Road has been a priority for me since I was first elected and I was delighted to have been able to secure the Part 8 planning for the scheme and secure it’s inclusion in the government’s Capital Plan. We have an educational campus with almost 2000 students aged from 4 to 18 years old, and this road is absolutely crucial to relieve the massive pressure currently experienced on the Coast Road.”

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My week in Politics

What a week that was! From Irish Water to meeting with Ministers, Councillors and Residents meetings, Slane Bypass, LCDC,  Community Grants and finishing off with promoting this year’s Dip in the Nip…….it was water, water, water and everything else squeezed in between.

Tolan Welcomes Ministers to East Meath Utd FC

Tolan Welcomes Ministers to East Meath Utd FC
Local Fine Gael Councillor, Sharon Tolan, recently welcomed Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney and Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English, to her local football club, East Meath Utd FC. Tolan, who is a Director of the successful and ambitious soccer club in East Meath, took the opportunity of the visit, to showcase all the club has achieved over the past number of years.
Minister Simon Coveney was in the area canvassing local Fine Gael Councillors ahead of the expected leadership contest, along with Minister Damien English.
“I like to take every opportunity I get to show any visiting TD’s or Ministers, how well spent Sports Capital Funding is in the area, and to outline the importance of this funding for clubs to succeed and provide much needed facilities in East Meath. I also took the opportunity to outline to the Minister, who quite possibly will be our future leader, my own ambitions politically. I’m looking forward to meeting any other candidates and hearing their plans for the country and the Fine Gael party.” said Tolan.

 

Tolan Welcomes €4.1 million Capital Investment for East Meath

Tolan Welcomes €4.1 million Capital Investment for East Meath
Local Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Tolan has strongly welcomed the Draft Capital Investment Programme for Meath for 2017-2020. Due to be debated and adopted at Monday’s meeting of Meath County Council, the Programme highlights some of the key projects Tolan has championed since being elected in 2014.
“I am particularly delighted to see €300,000 allocated for the R132 Julianstown Traffic Management Scheme,” said Tolan. “I have had several meetings with Director of Services for Transportation, Des Foley and Senior Engineer Nicholas Whyatt, in relation to Julianstown. 22,000 vehicles are traveling through this village every day, and that’s just not good enough for the community there. Both have agreed that ultimately a Bye Pass is needed, but I have been lobbying for some time now for the need for Traffic Management in the interim. It is great to see the funding being allocated for this, and I am sure it will come as some relief to the community in Julianstown that they have been listened to.
Another welcome project that sees a massive increase in funding is the area of Beach Management. In 2015, the Council allocated €1.25 million to enhance facilities at the beaches in East Meath. I am delighted to say that buildings at the entrance to Bettystown beach have now been purchased, and a Draft Beach Management Plan has been completed. This will go on public display in the coming weeks, and will be open for submissions. In this year’s Capital Programme, the Council have now increased that by more than €1 million, giving a total fund for the entire project of €2.3 million in order to deliver the very progressive suggestions in the Draft Beach Management Plan. It is one thing to have a Plan, but it is crucial to have the funds to deliver it!” stressed Tolan.
The latest Capital Investment Programme for 2017-2020, also sees €700,000 allocated to providing a Community Facility for the Laytown-Bettystown area.
“A community centre is an absolute must for East Meath! School halls are bursting at the seams at this stage whilst in use by community groups. We badly need a centre for all the community to use.” said Tolan.

TOLAN TELLS COUNCIL ‘FOOTPATH MUST BE A PRIORITY’

At the recent Municipal District meeting of the Laytown-Bettystown Councillors, local Fine Gael Councillor, Sharon Tolan, stressed the importance of completing a footpath on the Coast Road from the Educational Campus to Bettystown village. In what became quite a heated plea, Tolan told officials, “Enough is enough! We allocated the funding for this project in 2015 and have still not delivered it! There were at least 4 traffic incidents involving children on this road in 2016, and we are just blessed that nobody was seriously hurt!”

In 2015, Tolan proposed the full €150,000 allocated for footpaths in the district, be spent on delivering the much-needed footpath from the schools in Laytown to Bettystown Village. It was a unanimous decision by Councillors, but since then the project has been delayed again and again.

“This stretch of road is extremely dangerous, and has been made worse by the installation of a so-called safety barrier to attempt to stop pedestrians crossing. What has resulted is children now walking on the outside of the barrier, before attempting to cross the road. Meanwhile, residents on this side of the road also struggle daily trying to cross, in order to gain access to the pedestrian crossing further up. It has become a complete mess, and the only solution is to deliver the footpath and traffic calming measures before someone is seriously hurt . The funding is there and we need this progressed quickly!” Tolan stressed.

Almost, 2000 children aged 4-18 years old attend the 3 schools in the area, which include a Junior Primary, Senior Primary and a Secondary School.

Tolan Calls For Coastal Protection

Following the sinking of a fishing trawler off the north Dublin coast near Balbriggan this morning, Cllr Sharon Tolan called on Meath County Council to liaise immediately with their colleagues in Fingal, to assess the potential risk of pollution to the East Coast.

The 12m vessel Atlantic Osprey drifted onto rocks just south of Balbriggan harbour at about 5am on Monday morning and sank about three hours later, after five fishermen were rescued safely.

“I’d like to congratulate the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI in rescuing the fishermen safely. However, it is important that authorities do all they can to ensure that none of the 400 litres of diesel on board leak into our seas.  We must assess and monitor the potential risk to marine life and indeed our various breeds of birds all currently feeding on our coastline and do everything we can to protect them.” stressed Tolan.

Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Tolan has also called on Meath County Council to immediately assess continued coastal erosion, following reports from locals of serious erosion at Ben Head. Councillor Tolan visited the area on Sunday and has called on the council to monitor the situation and assess what measures can be taken to protect the iconic location on the Meath coastline.

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Tolan Welcomes Half a Million Euro for Laytown-Bettystown Link Road

Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Tolan has today welcomed the news that Minister for Transport, Shane Ross has allocated €500,000 to Meath County Council in a Specific Improvement Grant to progress the delivery of the Laytown to Bettystown Link Road.

“This is fantastic news for the community in East Meath, and particularly for the parents of the 2000 children that currently attend the Educational Campus. This will mean that Meath County Council can appoint consultants to progress the Compulsory Purchase Order of the land required, and complete the detailed design in order to proceed to construction. This road is long overdue, and every day that it’s not delivered is another day that our children are put in danger during their journey to and from school.

I will continue to push the delivery of this road until it’s completion, and we can all feel secure that our children can get to and from school safely” stressed Tolan.

Tolan announced the news that the Link Road had been included in the government’s National Capital Plan in September 2015. Since then, Councillor Tolan pushed the council to secure funding for Part 8 Planning, and this lengthy process was completed and Part 8 Planning was adopted in May 2016. The €500,000 funding from the Department is a massive boost in the project for the East Meath area.

Tolan, who herself is a mother of children attending schools in the Educational Campus, has been a strong campaigner in the community for many years before entering into politics.

“The plan provides for not only the completed road, but also includes much-needed footpaths and cycle-lanes, which will mean many of our children will be able to walk or cycle safely to and from school. In addition, there will be an extra 80 parking spaces, which will come as a huge relief to parents of younger children attending Scoil Oilibheir Naofa Junior Primary School” said Tolan.

Tolan announces Consultants get the go-ahead for Boyneside Trail

Monday 16th January, 2017

Tolan announces Consultants get the go-ahead for Boyneside Trail

In what has been a long road for the Boyneside Trail Committee, news from Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Tolan this week, that consultants are to be appointed today Monday 16th January, to progress the Part 8 Planning for the Trail, was certainly a good start to 2017 for the group.

Tolan, who has championed the project and supported the committee all along in their endeavors, secured funding last year from Meath County Council and the NTA. Following a motion put down by Cllr Tolan last June, Meath County Council went out to tender for the Part 8 element of the project. This is the statutory process required for the council to secure planning permission from itself to deliver the project.

“I am delighted to see the Boyneside Trail another step closer to being delivered. Formal letters will be issued today Monday 16th to the successful and unsuccessful candidates to start the formal appointment process. This will allow consultants to begin the formal public consultation process involved in preparing Part 8 Planning. The Boyneside Trail Committee have to be commended for the work they have done so far, but in order to get this important piece of infrastructure delivered, it is now time for consultants to begin the public consultation and complete a detailed design that addresses any concerns the public may have. We must not be left wanting when it comes to Greenway projects suitable for Failte Ireland funding, and we must do all we can to ensure that we have excellent shovel ready proposals on the table that just cannot be refused capital investment. It will be crucial for all Councillors in our District to unite and support these projects in order to get them delivered for our community and I hope to see this when the Part 8 plans are complete.” said Tolan.

The Part 8 will cover the stretch, approx. 8.5km from Drogheda to Mornington and would complete the 18km long trail from the mouth of the Boyne to Oldbridge and provide a valuable amenity for both locals and tourists alike.
“This news is very welcome “confirmed Peter Monaghan, chair of the Boyneside Trail committee, “we have had so many setbacks over the past number of years that we began to doubt that this step would ever be taken” he admitted. Geoff Fitzpatrick stated “we are working hard to secure the cost for construction of the amenity but that effort cannot advance until the part 8 process is complete. A voluntary committee can only do so much but without the support of the local authorities and elected members with vision such as Councillor Tolan, delivery of important infrastructure like this cannot be accomplished”. The Third member of the group Eddie Phelan added, “we are extremely grateful for the political and moral support we have received to date from Councillor Tolan and we are confident that she will continue to support the project through to its completion”

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