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.