Update on Meath County Council Services
Friday 7th August 2020
Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. 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 re-opened its buildings to the public from Monday, June 29th, as follows:
The hours of business expanded in the week beginning Monday, July 6th as follows:
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: email@example.com
Beaches and Beach Facilities
The beaches at Bettystown, Laytown and Gormanston will remain closed to vehicles for the remainder of the summer 2020.
Visitors are advised to follow the signs for Free Beach Parking at Colaiste na hInse, Laytown.
There is limited parking on the beach at Seaview Terrace for the elderly and blue badge (disability) holders.
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 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.
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 will be in place from the 10th August 2020:
The 30 minutes observation period following the expiry of the pay and display will cease on the 9th August and there will be a 15 mins observation period without a charge prior to the commencement of and after the pay and display period. These observation periods are in addition to the other parking incentives currently in place.
A 100% waiver of commercial rates applies for a 6-month period from 27 March 2020 to 27 September 2020 to all ratepayers except a small number of categories.
For more information visit https://www.meath.ie/council/covid-19-information/covid-19-commercial-rates
To arrange your rates waiver please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
The Unity Centre, Windtown, Navan is open.
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 email@example.com or contact Community Section on 046-9097000.
For any other Community related queries please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Community Section on 046-9097000.
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: email@example.com
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.
The Meath County Council Dog Shelter located at Greenpark, Dunshaughlin saw a return to normal services from July 1st.
All Housing Department services are being provided at regular levels, whilst adhering to physical distancing requirements, with the recommencement of private rented inspections, and inspections in respect of the private adaptation grants, under Phase 3, on 29th June.
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 can be accessed through the regular customer service channels during office hours. The out of hours number will operate as normal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries in Ashbourne, Athboy, Duleek, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Kells, Navan, Nobber, Slane and Trim are now open for browsing. Please note that our opening hours have changed and our buildings are subject to restricted capacity in line with social distancing guidelines. On foot of public health advice visitors to our buildings are requested to wear face coverings.
Oldcastle library will re-open in early September. All updates concerning re-opening schedules will appear on social media.
The Motor Tax Counter (in Buvinda House) is open from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.
Motor Tax renewals can be done online at www.motortax.ie - your online PIN is the last 6 digits of the serial number your Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC). If the vehicle is being taxed in the state for the very first time, your PIN is the last 6 digits of your vehicle’s chassis number (VIN) as printed on your RF100 form when taxing a brand new or imported vehicle.
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).
More information on taxing your vehicle is available at https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/motor-tax
Please note you must contact the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) for any online-related queries:
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shannon, Co. Clare Tel: 0818 411 412 Email: email@example.com
Parks and 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 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.
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:
Restart Grant PLUS
(Update 10th August 2020) The Restart Grant Plus is a NEW standalone non repayable grant that is available to all eligible businesses, including those who received a grant in the 1st Restart Grant Scheme. Further information is available at: https://www.meath.ie/council/covid-19-information/covid-19-restart-grant-plus
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.
Kells Swimming Pool
Kells Swimming Pool is now open with a reduced timetable.
Please visit the Kells Swimming Pool Facebook page to view the most recent timetable and to view the new measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
All sessions must now be pre-booked at 046 9240551.
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.
There is a €2 entry fee payable at the barrier to access the sites.
The operations at the three sites will be monitored on an on-going basis and changes made where necessary.
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.