Councillor Stephen McKee on a car-free Bettystown beach.
Local Fianna Fail Councillor, Stephen McKee, has called for a total ban on cars parking on Meath beaches and for Meath County Council to provide alternative car-parking spaces elsewhere.
“I am on record in the past as having said that I would support a complete ban on cars parking on our beaches in Meath and I repeat that view” McKee stated today.
“With the current crisis, we see how beautiful the beach area is without cars parking on it and the potential benefits there could be for everyone.
“There is a long-term aspiration for a car-free beach in the Beach Management Plan, but I would like to see this become a reality much sooner.
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“The biggest issue of course to resolve is where cars are going to park and Meath County Council need to actively seek to resolve this, working alongside local residents and business owners.
“There are problems currently in certain areas, such as at the Crook, Mornington. We cannot allow people to just park their cars up wherever they want.
“I believe this can be done to the satisfaction of all. There are plenty of options to explore. I would say that a ban cannot realistically happen without this issue being resolved but it can be done if the will is there” he continued.
“Car-free beaches are much safer places for our children and they are also cleaner with less litter.
“I believe that we need to work towards restoring our beaches to blue flag status and to aspire to a high-quality natural environment for the enjoyment of local people and tourists alike coming to our beautiful East Meath.”
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