The Aontú representative for the Laytown / Bettystown electoral area Peter Whelan is calling on the Meath county council to provide more public toilets facilities in the county.

He told Meath Live, ‘I asked a question to the council through my party colleague councillor Emer Toibin, I wanted to know if there are plans to increase the number of public toilet facilities county wide.

‘The response shocked me a bit as I was told, ‘There are public toilets at Laytown and Bettystown beaches, and at Castle Street in Trim . The toilets in Trim are currently closed pending development of the adjacent building. The community department have plans to construct changing rooms and toilets in Blackwater Park in Navan . Currently there are no plans or provision in transportation budgets for any further toilets ‘.

‘Surely if we’ve learned anything from covid , it is the importance of such facilities. I have first hand experience in this , as I am on the road a couple of days a week doing home deliveries for my business and with pubs and cafes closed , if I feel the call of nature, I have to stop on the side of the road at a farm gate .

‘This is not acceptable in this day and age . I had a call from a constituent who told me that when the 5 km restrictions were lifted, she and her daughter went to Bettystown beach for a walk and when they went to use the toilets they found them to be locked .

‘I will be writing again to meath county council to try to get monies allocated to provide some public toilets facilities at tourist spots and scenic areas in the county .

‘We are being asked to spend more time outdoors , so it is, in my opinion, a no-brainer that we need more public toilets in our heritage capital’ .