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.

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