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Cllr Tolan at the decaying gabions on the beach between Laytown and Bettystown

Cllr Tolan at the decaying gabions on the beach between Laytown and Bettystown

Cllr Tolan at the decaying gabions on the beach between Laytown and Bettystown

Meath County Council are still waiting for guidance on how to tackle coastal erosion along the Meath coast from national level - while Ben Head is falling into the sea!

The ongoing issues badly impacting the coastline were raised by Cllr Sharon Tolan at the area council meeting, where she asked what provision had been made to save the coast, Laytown. Bettystown and Mornington included.

'The shape of our county is changing,' she stated, adding that she had walked down by Ben Head and said it was 'falling into the sea'.

A report on coastal erosion was commissioned in 2018, sent to the OPW and then sent to the Department and now the OPW is preparing a plan for regular monitoring of locations.

The big success story for the region was the work at Laytown, opposite O'Reillys, but down below it, on the way to Bettystown, gabions are now falling apart and proving a danger to people. 'It's in flitters,' she stated.

She wants an application to be sent to the OPW for funding as 'we can't wait, we have to act'.

She also asked that boulders be replaced at Mornington as people were driving on the dunes and ruining them.

Cllr Paddy Meade said the closure of Bettystown beach was driving cars to Mornington to park and it was a danger as there were no lifeguards there and bird watchers said it was having an impact.

Cllr Elaine McGinty backed the calls, saying the OPW 'needed to take it on.'

Cllr Stephen McKee asked for the Mornington beach area to be upgraded for parking as people were also parking on the Crook Road.

'When the dunes are gone, they are gone,' he warned.

Cathaoirleach Tom Behan said the issues needed to go to the OPW as a matter of urgency.

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