Category Archives: Notice of Question

Broadband (NBP) Contingency Plans

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
5th November 2018, Council Chamber

8 Notice of Question
8.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

Given delays and recent developments with the NBP, does Meath County Council have any contingency plans to assist rural communities/groups access broadband services or to assist operators provide service?

Response: Meath County Council, through the Broadband Officer, has been engaging with mobile phone companies to identify black spot areas, and to work with them to improve mobile phone and broadband services across the county. Possible sites on Meath County Council land have been put forward and are being reviewed and progressed where a match to need and site suitability is found. Several new sites on private lands have been completed in the last year and others are currently in development. The companies have all expressed an interest in developing further sites across the county. If any Councillor is interested in helping to improve services in their area by identifying possible locations, information on targeted blackspot areas is available from the Broadband Officer. For the safety and security of rural residents, as well as to improve their capabilities for social and economic growth, Co. Meath will need to improve its mobile phone and broadband coverage. In order to do this, additional mast sites are needed to improve coverage.Meath County Council will also apply for funding to provide free public Wi-Fi access in centres of public life through the WIFI4EU programme.

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council

Notice of Question – Public Lighting LED Upgrades

8.3 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden
“What percentage of total street lighting has been upgraded to LED and what are the targets for the remaining upgrades?”

Currently 8% of the public lighting in Co. Meath is provided by LED lights. Please note that there is a business case being prepared at national level, for the upgrading of the entire public lighting infrastructure. The outcome of this process will identify the types of products to be used and potential timelines for the financing of and undertaking the proposed upgrade works.

Meath Local Property Tax Revenue

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
2nd July 2018, Council Chamber

8 Notice of Question
8.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

Per Municipal District and per year what is the revenue generated by the local property tax for the last 3 years?

Response: It is noted that information in relation to the question is not released by the Revenue Commissioners.

Notice Of Question – Planning Local Needs Statistics for Meath County Council

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting – 11th June 2018, Council Chamber, Railway Street, Navan.

8 Notice of Question

8.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

“For the years 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 what number of applicants did not meet local
needs requirements, advised by either an application decision or pre-planning meeting,
but were living in the same Municipal District as their proposed development?”


Section 10.4 of the Meath County Development Plan 2013-2019 sets out the criteria by
which planning applications are assessed for local needs. For the period 01/01/2014 to
31/12/2017, 5690 applications were received with 364 of these applications refused for
a variety of reasons. The national planning system, iPlan, used to register and record
planning applications and decisions, does not have the functionality to record the
reason for refusals. In relation to pre-planning meetings, no separate statistics are kept
regarding local needs criteria.

Illuminance (Lux) level standard for street lighting

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
6th November 2017, Council Chamber

8. Notice of Question
8.6 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

“What is the illuminance (Lux) level standard for street lighting, where installed, in towns and villages?”

Response: In determining levels of illumination, the design brief considers pedestrian and vehicular movement in relation to a number of site specific factors, such as the surrounding environment, junctions, existing lighting from shops, crossing points, areas of activity etc. To give some indication for streets in Co. Meath, the lighting classes that are the most frequently used provide an average illuminance of between 5.0 and 7.5 lux.