'School link road is vital for Bettystown campus'
THE COMPLETION of the link road to the schools campus in Bettystown is one of the main aims of the new cathaoirleach of the Laytown/Bettystown Municipal District Council.
'I dodge kids every day on that coast road bringing my own children to school. It's an accident waiting to happen,' Sharon Tolan stated.
'That spine road needs to be completed because people just won't trust the pathway to the schools.'
The development of the link road would bring traffic in by the rear of the schools and away from the main road.
Council planners working on the new East Meath Local Area Plan got their own insight into the debate when receiving over 800 submissions to the plan from the public – 777 of them in relation to that one tract of land.
'I could throw a stone and probably hit the school from where the road would start. It's a short distance but there's issues like land ownership to resolve. I have spoken to Minister Fergus O'Dowd and Minister Varadkar when he was in Navan recently. We need a strong voice to see this happen and the funding must be found.'
But it's not the only live issue in Bettystown. 'The derelict building needs to be demolished. Kids are climbing on it as you can see from the graffiti, but there's not a lot for teens to do and they need a focal point.'
She would also love to see the old hotel reopened to boost tourism.
'It's a shame to see it closed because Bettystown has always been a great holiday spot. I'd like to see the hotel back up and running,' the mum of three remarked.
The Fine Gael councillor, who has been joined as leas cathaoirleach by fellow party member, Paddy Meade, admitted it was a proud day as she was elected, unopposed, for the honour.
'I have had a number of meetings with people already and there's a lot to be done here,' she admitted.
At last week's opening meeting, Sinn Fein poll-topper Eimear Ferguson had asked for a power sharing system to come into operation, but council officials stated that a nomination process had to be used.
There are six new councillors joining Cllr Wayne Harding (FF), namely, Sharon Tolan (FG), Paddy Meade (FG), Stephen McKee (FF), Sharon Keogan (Ind), Tom Kelly (Ind), Eimear Ferguson (SF).