Updates on Meath County Council Services in relation to COVID-19 Safety Measures

Updates on Meath County Council Services in relation to COVID-19 Safety Measures

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COVID19 Community Response

Update on Meath County Council Services

(Monday, June 29, 2020 – Update 4.30pm)

 

The third phase of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Businesses begins today, Monday, June 29th. The Council has expanded its level of public service provision, in line with the Roadmap and the latest public health advice, as set out below:

 

Meath County Council will endeavour to keep you informed of these changes and what they mean for you.

 

 

Re-opening of Public Counters

Meath County Council has re-opened its buildings to the public from Monday, June 29th, as follows:

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The hours of business will be expanded in the week beginning Monday, July 6th as follows:

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Please Note: Meath County Council has put in place a number of measures to ensure physical distancing and compliance with public health guidance. This includes limiting the number of people accessing our buildings at any one time. We thank members of the public in advance for their cooperation with Council staff in implementing these arrangements.

We continue to encourage the public to conduct their business with the Council, where possible, online or via phone (046 9097000) or email: customerservice@meathcoco.ie

Motor Tax renewals should be conducted on-line: www.motortax.ie 

 

 

Beaches and Beach Facilities

Following discussions with An Garda Siochana, the barriers remain in place at the main Bettystown entrance and at the Delany’s entrance preventing vehicular access to the beach.

 

The Council is examining a means by which more limited parking can be facilitated on this beach

and particularly an area where people with disabilities and older people can be accommodated. 

 

An agreement has been reached with Colaiste na Hinse whereby the School Car Park can be used for in excess of 200 cars and facilitating access to the beach at Brookside Lane in less than a five-minute walk.  Signage in respect of this facility will be put in place.

 

The Council’s Beach Management Plan contains an objective for the phased removal of cars from the beach but subject to the identification of alternative car parking in the area and in this regard,  work is underway to identify sites for such alternative parking.

 

The restrictions preventing access to car parking at the Mornington (Lady’s Finger and Maiden Tower) and the Laytown car parks in Laytown at Netherville terrace have been removed.

 

The Beach Life Guards and the Life Guards commenced their duties on June 13th.

 

The public toilets in Bettystown and Laytown are open with all the necessary health and safety precautions being put in place.

 

 

Car Parking

Council On-Street and Off-Street pay parking fees remain in place for Navan, Trim and Kells.

 

As the various phases of the Government’s Roadmap to Reopening Society and Businesses are implemented, traffic and footfall in the town centres will increase. The focus of the traffic wardens will be to ensure an adequate turnover of traffic to facilitate customers or key workers wanting to access the increasing range of businesses reopening.

 

The following measures commenced on June 22nd:

•       Temporary COVID incentive (June 22nd to phase 4 of the Roadmap for Reopening Business)

There will be a 15 mins observation period without a charge prior to the commencement of the pay and display period and a 30 mins observation period without a charge provided after the expiry of the pay and display period.

•       Following the roll out of the last phase of the Reopening of Society and Business Plan (currently scheduled for July 20th) – There will be a 15 mins observation period without any charge prior to the commencement of the pay and display period and a 15 mins observation period without any charge after the expiry of the pay and display period.

These observation periods are in addition to the parking incentives currently in place.

 

Commercial Rates

Restart Grant

Following the impacts of Covid19 on the business sector, including many business closures the Government has launched a Restart Grant which will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers. The scheme is open from Friday May 22nd until August 31st 2020. Minimum grant available is €2,000, maximum grant available is €10,000.

 

Further details available in the FAQ document on our website www.meath.ie or email: restartgrant@meathcoco.ie  Applications can be submitted on-line at https://consult.meath.ie/en/applications

 

Rates Waiver

Meath County Council in line with the recent Government announcement will be waiving commercial rates, for a 3 month period beginning on 27th March 2020, for all businesses that have been forced to close due to public health requirements. 

 

To arrange your rates waiver please contact ratesfinance@meathcoco.ie or contact your Rates Account Manager.

 

Businesses that can continue to pay their outstanding local authority rates should continue to do so in the normal way.

 

 

Community Services

Covid-19 Support Line

The operation of the community support line continues.  The free-phone number is 1800 808 809 and it is available between the hours of 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

 

Community Centres

The Unity Centre, Windtown, Navan is closed.

 

Community Grants

The 2020 Community Grants scheme was approved at June Full Council Meeting and successful applicants notified.  Any queries on the grants can be forwarded to communitygrants@meathcoco.ie or contact Community Section on 046-9097000.

 

For any other Community related queries please forward to community@meathcoco.ie or contact Community Section on 046-9097000.

 

 

Customer Services

The Council is advising customers to only call to its offices where essential. Anyone wishing to transact business can do so by telephone (046 9097000) or email: customerservice@meathcoco.ie

 

While there are restricted hours of operation at the public counters, the Customer Services team will continue to be available to take calls during normal working hours, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.

 

The out of hours emergency line (1890 445 335) will also operate as usual. 

 

 

Dog Shelter

The Meath County Council Dog Shelter located at Greenpark, Dunshaughlin saw a return to normal services from July 1st.

 

 

Housing Services

The majority of Housing Department services are being provided at regular levels, whilst adhering to physical distancing requirements. All Housing assessments/appointments by Housing Officials, including Housing Officers, Settlement Officers and Social Worker,  will continue to be conducted by telephone, negating the need for customers to attend in person to Buvinda House.

 

Social Housing and HAP Applications

Social Housing and Housing Assistance Payment applications will be accepted by post or through the post box at Buvinda House (Council Headquarters). All applications continue to be processed.

 

Homeless Services

Homeless services can be accessed through the regular customer service channels during office hours. The out of hours number will operate as normal

 

Maintenance

Maintenance continues to be dealt with on an emergency response basis only.

 

Housing Projects

Meath County Council’s four direct construction sites have all reopened, with construction activity taking place in line public health guidelines and other relevant health and safety regulations and protocols applicable to the construction sector.

 

Housing Rents (Finance Department)

The Housing Rent charged by Meath County Council is based on Household income and calculated under the Differential Rent scheme.  If a tenant’s income is reduced as result of Covid -19 then their rent will decrease to reflect their changed circumstances – similar to normal procedure.

 

As the situation continues to change in the coming weeks tenants should contact the Rents section where they will be given a revised amount of Rent to be paid.  A formal rent review will follow when the Covid – 19 situation improves.

 

If any tenant has any concerns regarding rent they should contact rentsfinance@meathcoco.ie.

 

 

Libraries

Libraries in Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Kells, Navan and Trim are now fully open for browsing. The branches are open 10.00am -1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Duleek Library is re-opening on Monday 6th of July with new hours of 10.00am -1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Libraries around the county will continue to reopen on a phased basis and all updates concerning re-opening schedules will appear on social media.

 

 

Motor Tax

The Motor Tax Counter (in Buvinda House) is closed until Monday, July 6th. 

 

Motor Tax renewals should be done on-line: www.motortax.ie  or alternatively you may post your completed application form and supporting documentation, if required, to Meath Motor Tax, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 Y291 (please note that it is not advisable to send cash in the post, payment by debit / credit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft is preferable).

 

 

Parks and Playgrounds

Playgrounds

All playgrounds reopened on Monday 15th June. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian, who are required:

  • To bring their own hand sanitiser for the cleaning of their children’s hands before, at regular intervals during, and after use of the playground equipment. In the absence of such sanitation parents or guardians are requested to refrain from allowing their children use of the equipment.
  • To ensure physical distancing between children.
  • To advise children to avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • To ensure children under your care have regard to the safe use of equipment and to the safety of others at all times.
  • To adhere to the most up to date health advice.

 

Blackwater Park

Blackwater Park in Navan has reopened to all members of the public. All parks and car parks at parks are now open but visitors are advised that physical distancing must be adhered to.

Planning Services (from May 25th onwards)

Any member of the public wishing to view a current planning file is advised in the first instance to do so online at: https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/planning-and-building

 

Only in the event that they cannot, they should make a prior request with the Planning Department to view the file at the public counter in Buvinda House (the Council’s Headquarters), by calling: 046-909 7000 or email: planning@meathcoco.ie  (including File reference no.). Customers may have to wait and work with the measures in place to facilitate physical distancing and ensure customer and staff safety. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience on this matter.

 

With the reopening of the Planning counter, applications and submissions can be made by hand. So that you do not have to wait, a dedicated post box will be located at reception. If you are unable to make payment by cheque, then please leave your contact details in the envelope and a staff member will contact you with regards to payment over the phone.

 

Planning Applications

Please be advised that with the enactment of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid 19) Act 2020, a new provision (Section 251A) has been inserted into the Planning & Development Acts 2000 (as amended) which as implications for a number of planning related pieces of legislation. Further information is provided on our website here: 

https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/planning-and-building

 

 

 

Roads and Transport

All services are available, but our work practices have been amended to comply with physical distancing and other public health measures. Meath County Council will continue to review service delivery in accordance with Government advice and any public health requirements.

 

 

Swimming Pools

Kells Swimming Pool

Preparations are underway for the reopening of Kells Swimming Pool in mid-July and with all the necessary Covid 19 related measures put in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

 

Navan Swimming Pool - Aura Navan Leisure Centre

From Monday July 6th, customers of Aura Navan will have access to the gym and fitness classes. Re-opening of the pool along with the completed refurbished changing village will take place on Monday, August 17th.

 

Aura Trim Leisure Centre

From Monday July 6th, customers of Aura Trim will have access to the pool, gym and fitness classes.  Full details can be found at www.auraleisure.ie/re-opening

 

 

Waste Collection and Recycling Facilities

The Civic Amenity Sites at Navan, Kells and Trim are open Monday to Saturday (8.30am to 4.45pm). Visitors to the sites are required to observe the Covid 19 restrictions including social distancing.

 

The €2 entry charge to the three sites will be re-introduced from July 13th.

 

The operations at the three sites will be monitored on an on-going basis and changes made where necessary.

 

 

Water Services

Water Supplies

Under an agreement with Irish Water, our staff continue to provide a full service in terms of water supply, wastewater treatment, maintenance of the system.