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Monday, 18th May 2020

Meath beaches to remain car free for foreseeable future

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Councillor Sharon Tolan on the beach at Bettystown.

"Public safety has got to come first during this worrying time" - Tolan

Bettystown Councillor, Sharon Tolan, has today welcomed the decision by Meath County Council to keep beaches in East Meath car free for the foreseeable future. 

The decision came following consultation with An Garda Siochana and Local Councillors, on how best to proceed into Phase 1 of the National Programme for Reopening Society and Business. 

Boulders were placed at entrances to the beaches in Meath in March in an attempt to stop people traveling long distances to visit the beach. 

Whilst the public can now travel up to 5km for exercise, and beaches are listed in Phase 1 for reopening, the Council and the Gardai believe the best way to ensure people adhere to this, is to not allow parking on the beaches.

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Fine Gael Councillor and Bettystown resident, Sharon Tolan, called on the Council to keep the beaches car free whilst social distancing is a requirement. 

“Every week I post tide times on my social media platforms, so that the public can plan their exercise for when the tide is out and social distancing can be practiced easily” she said. 

“If we allow cars back onto the beach, it will make it very difficult for people to enjoy their exercise in a safe manner.  Public safety has got to come first during this worrying time. 

“I have asked that both the car parks at Mornington and Laytown be reopened in Phase 2, when people can travel up to 20km, and that other alternative parking options are looked at immediately. 

“Social distancing will be part of our day to day lives for a long time to come, and I think the Council needs to redouble it’s efforts to secure parking solutions for visitors to our beaches as a matter of urgency. 

“It’s wonderful to see so many people enjoying the beach safely over the past few difficult weeks, we need to keep it that way!”

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