Fine Gael Councillor, Sharon Tolan, has today welcomed the news that Meath County Council has now gone to tender for the long-awaited library for Bettystown in East Meath.

Following a considerable period of public consultation, Part 8 Planning was granted at the end of 2020, and tender documents have now been prepared and released for submissions from interested parties.

The project includes a beachfront library, community rooms, lifeguard and beach warden space, public toilets and disability toilets and changing facility. The facility will also house beach wheelchairs and mats to ensure the beach is accessible for all

Tolan told Meath Live, “The Phase 1 Tender Docs for Bettystown Library & Community Building are being uploaded today by Procurement.

“The closing date for the Tender is Tuesday the 2nd of March 2021. We then move on to the Phase 2 submissions which will involve the shortlisting to 5 or 6 and they will then be asked to price the works in the stage 2 tender (April/May). The Council aim to appoint a contractor and commence works in summer.”

“This is very exciting news for the residents of East Meath, to at last have a library and community facility they can be proud of. Today we have progressed one step closer to seeing that delivered, and I will continue to promote and push this project until completion.”

The library is expected to open its doors to the public in 2022. The much-anticipated development will bring a library service back to East Meath for the first time since the mid 200s. The 700 sq m library will be located in a landmark building with views out over the sea.

Meath County Council is confident this library will serve the many educational, cultural and recreational needs in this growing community. As a vibrant, accessible and user-friendly centre of knowledge, open to everyone whatever their education, age or nationality the library service will offer a new heart to the centre of Bettystown.