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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FURTHER INFORMATION AND UPDATES ON COVID-19

COVID19 Community Response

Update on Meath County Council Services

(Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Update 1pm)

 

The first phase of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Businesses began on Monday, May 18th. Over the coming weeks, the Council will be expanding its level of public service provision, in line with the Roadmap and the latest public health advice.

 

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

 

 

Phase One Changes

Outdoor Workers

All of the Council’s outdoor workers return to work for a full schedule of works. The Transportation Department will be commencing a number of road surface dressing and road restoration works across the county this week. A number of capital road works schemes will also be back on-site.

 

We have already undertaken essential maintenance of some public spaces, since April 27, including grass cutting where there was a road safety issue and the maintenance of ornate landscaping at specific locations. For housing estates and some other public spaces, grass cutting has already commenced on areas that the Council cut in the past.

 

Please note that these operations will be kept under review and will only be undertaken where strict compliance with physical distancing rules and public health advice can be observed.

 

 

Housing Projects

Meath County Council’s four direct construction sites that had been closed due to Covid-19 restrictions will reopen this week. A number of Approved Housing Body social housing schemes have already re-commenced works. These are housing projects that are nearing completion, or in some cases already substantially complete with minor snagging or other works to be completed.

 

In re-starting any construction activity, contractors, consultants and their respective agents must adhere to the public health guidelines and other relevant health and safety regulations and protocols applicable to the construction sector.

 

 

 

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.). The Council’s public counters are currently closed but from May 25th this facility will be available. 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.

 

 

Blackwater Park, Navan

Blackwater Park remains closed to the general public, following its closure by An Garda Síochána on Thursday, March 26th.

 

However, since May 11th, the Park is open for restricted access to people who are cocooning (those over 70 and people with medical conditions & their carers), Monday to Friday from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  Access to the park during this time will be strictly controlled.

 

 

 

Measures Still in Place

All other services remain as they were during the lockdown, announced on March 27th:

 

Corporate Services

Customer Services

The Council is advising customers not call to the offices for any reason as they will not be able to gain access.  Anyone wishing to transact business can do so by telephone (046 9097000) or email: customerservice@meathcoco.ie

 

The Customer Services team will continue to be available to take calls during normal working hours, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. Given we are operating essential emergency services only we will not be in a position to deal with all routine enquiries. While we will endeavour to deal with all calls, priority will be given to emergency calls and calls to the Covid 19 support line (details below).

 

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

 

Face to face meetings with staff cannot be accommodated other than to deal with emergency situations and subject to social distancing requirements.

 

Council Meetings

The next scheduled meeting of the Council will take place on Monday, June 8th.

 

 

Finance

Commercial Rates Deferment

Meath County Council in line with the recent Government announcement will be deferring rates payments for the most immediately impacted businesses primarily in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors for a period of three months until the end of May.

 

To arrange for deferral 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.

 

Motor Tax

The Motor Tax Counter (in Buvinda House) is closed.  Motor Tax renewals should be done on-line: www.motortax.ie

 

 

 

 

Housing Services

The Housing Department will continue to provide a range of serves, but prioritising emergency issues.

 

Maintenance

Maintenance is being dealt with on an emergency response basis only.

 

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

 

Social Housing and HAP Applications

Social Housing and Housing Assistance Payment applications will be accepted by post or through the post box at Buvinda. Urgent applications will be prioritised for processing.

 

 

Planning Services

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

 

 

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.

 

 

Environmental Service

Parks and Playgrounds

Please be advised that all playgrounds are closed and should no longer be used by the public. This also applies to outdoor gym equipment.

 

In terms of public amenity sites, the Council is facilitating pedestrian access only. This includes the prevention of vehicular access onto beaches, to comply with the requirement to restrict movement to within 5km of your home address.

 

Meath County Council has placed signage at a number of parks and public amenity areas advising of the need to adhere to physical distancing. The Council also advises that pathways in some amenity areas are now one-way only for pedestrians, to help comply with the physical distancing guidelines.

 

Waste Collection and Recycling Facilities

The Civic Amenity Sites at Navan, Kells and Trim are open Monday to Saturday (8.30am to 4.45pm). The public is advised to use the sites only if essentially required and alternatively to store materials where possible at this time. It is anticipated that if the Covid 19 restrictions are fully observed activity at these sites will be significantly reduced and social distancing will be more easily achieved.

 

In order to eliminate cash handling the Council has decided to waive the €2 entry charge to the three sites from April 1st, for the period of the current health protection measures being in place.

 

The operations at the three sites will be monitored on an ongoing basis and changes put in place where necessary.

 

Dog Shelter

The Meath County Council Dog Shelter is closed to the public. Only emergency surrenders will be considered following consultation with staff by phone. In such cases please contact the dog shelter to discuss: Greenpark Kennels - Tel: 087 097 3911

 

Swimming Pools

The Kells Pool will be closed until further notice. The Navan and Trim Pools and leisure centres, operated by Aura, are also closed.

 

 

Community Services

Covid-19 Support Line

The Council has established a new community support line to assist older or vulnerable people who are recommended to cocoon and remain in their homes during this current period of the emergency. If you are one of these people and you need assistance with practical matters such as: collecting medical and food supplies, need transport to attend a medical appointment or another need, please contact our free-phone number: 1800 808 809 between 8am-8pm. The line is a seven day service and is operational from Monday, March 30th.

 

This service is being provided at county level in cooperation with a number of public agencies, NGOs, local groups, sports clubs and others.

 

Community Centres

The Unity Centre, Windtown, Navan is closed.

 

 

 

Libraries

In line with the Government’s recommendations, all Library Branches in the county are closed until further notice. This decision is in line with the national recommendations for all public libraries. We will continue to operate our online services.

 

 

Roads and Transport

Public Lighting

Please report any faults with public lighting and traffic lights and we’ll endeavour to repair as quickly as possible.

 

Car Parking

Our Parking Wardens will remain on the streets to prevent illegal parking, such an unauthorised use of loading bays, disabled parking places and moving cars that obstruct the free flow of traffic. The intention is to ensure that people can access essential services, as easily as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will endeavour to keep you informed of any further changes in how we deliver services to you.

HSE social distancing guidelines: http://bit.ly/2QmuU6I

Stay safe, stay informed and please follow the official advice.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION AND UPDATES ON COVID-19