Wicklow CC Covid-19 operating arrangements


The following arrangements are in place for Wicklow County Council Offices and the Municipal District Offices for week commencing Monday 16th August, 2021.

Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow:  Opening hours Monday  to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm.   The Central Customer Service area will facilitate members of the public by appointment presenting for Housing, where possible.  Motor taxation should be renewed online or submitted by post.  Planning applications can also be submitted by post.  If attending members of the public will be required to wear Face Coverings at all times in order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Covid 19 virus. Due to current construction works at County Buildings, public car park facilities are very limited, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Municipal District Offices:  The Municipal District offices at Greystones, Arklow, Wicklow and Baltinglass/Blessington are open with Opening hours Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm, Bray Municipal District Office is open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 12.00pm and 14.00pm to 15.00pm.

Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk:  The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk remains partially closed, it is safe to walk from Bray along the Cliff Walk as far as Windgates steps. From there walkers can take the alternative Bray Head Looped Trail, which can be quite challenging or return on the Cliff Walk back to Bray.  The Greystones side of the Cliff Walk is extremely dangerous and is closed in certain spots. The Council continues to assess and has put in place measures for the short-term protection of the public and are actively pursuing an alternative route for the sections of the walk which are currently closed due to erosion.    The patience and co-operation of the public is appreciated during this partial closure.

To support outdoor activities for the summer months, Temporary Toilet facilities have been provided by Greystones Municipal District and Wicklow Municipal District in the South Beach Car Park Greystones and Wicklow Harbour area of Wicklow Town.

Car parking: Many of the tourist attractions, beaches and scenic walks throughout the County have provision of parking nearby. There are carpark facilities available at Brittas Bay, Magheramore, Glendalough, Luggala and Laragh together with many carparks throughout the towns and surrounding areas. All users of amenities are asked to be conscious of parking facilities available and requested not to park on roads that may cause an obstruction or safety issue to other pedestrians, local residents and road users. Please be mindful of access requirements for Emergency Services in all locations.

Re-opening Business: Outdoor tables and chairs licensing under Section 254, to support social distancing for business to re-open, is extended to the end of the year and valid Section 254 licenses will need to be applied for to cover this extended period.

Outdoor Dining: Applications for funding under the Outdoor Seating and Accessories for Tourism and Hospitality Business Scheme opened on the 12th April and will remain open until 30th September, 2021.  Funding up to €4,000 or 75% of costs is available to eligible applicants.  Fáilte Ireland in partnership with local authorities across the country is working to assist town centre hospitality businesses to increase their outdoor seating capacity while providing a safe environment for shoppers and diners.  The key aim of the scheme is to provide support to individual hospitality and tourism businesses towards the cost of equipment to provide additional outdoor seating and facilitate individual businesses to increase their outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021.  Please note that applicants who wish to place seating and/or furniture on public property must have a Section 254 license in place; applicants who wish to place seating and/or furniture on private property must have satisfied all necessary planning requirements.  More information can be found on www.wicklow.ie/Living/ConsultationHub

Housing Services, Bray Municipal District:  Members of the public are asked to make contact in advance at braymdhousing@wicklowcoco.ie  or by telephoning (01) 2744900 if they wish to make an appointment to meet with a member of the housing staff in the Bray Municipal District Offices.

Libraries:   All libraries are open full opening hours, including Saturdays.   Up to date opening hours are available on  https://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Libraries/Library-Branches

– Customers can come in and browse the shelves and borrow.

– Customers can return library items.

– Remote printing is available, where technology allows.

-Study spaces and computer use are unavailable for now, but we hope to be able to reintroduce this in the near future. We will keep web-site and social media up to date, to inform you if/when this changes.

Community Call hours:  The County Wicklow Community Call helpline service continues and will operate Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. Telephone:   1800 868 399 or email covidsupport@wicklowcoco.ie.  Trained staff are available to co-ordinate assistance to elderly and vulnerable persons.

‘Keep Well’ Campaign:  Remember to look after your mental health and wellbeing.  Find out what is available in your local community by visiting  www.wicklow.ie/wellbeing for tips and resources on how to stay connected, mind your mood, or switch off and take part in activities either indoor or outdoor.  Recipes and tips on eating well can be found there also. 

 Members of the public can contact our offices via the following numbers/email addresses:

 Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow.TelephoneEmail
Customer Service0404 20100customerservice@wicklowcoco.ie
Housing0404 20120Housing2@wicklowcoco.ie
Planning0404 20148Plandev@wicklowcoco.ie
Local Enterprise Office (LEO)0404 30800enterprise@leo.wicklowcoco.ie
Motor Taxation (Motor taxation can be renewed online and or posted to County Buildings for processing.)0404 20118 for Motor tax queriesmotortax@wicklowcoco.ie
Revenue0404 20128 for Revenue queriesRevenue@wicklowcoco.ie
Environment0404 20236env@wicklowcoco.ie 
Transportation0404 20181transadmin@wicklowcoco.ie
Municipal District OfficesContact numbersEmail
Bray Municipal District01 2744900braymd@wicklowcoco.ie 
Arklow Municipal District0402 42700Arklowmunicipaldistrict@wicklowcoco.ie 
Greystones Municipal District01 2876694greystonesmd@wicklowcoco.ie
Baltinglass Municipal District045 891222baltinglassMD@wicklowcoco.ie 
Blessington Office045 891222blessington@wicklowcoco.ie 
Tinahely Office0402 38174tinahely@wicklowcoco.ie 
Wicklow Municipal District0404 20173wicklowmd@wicklowcoco.ie 

Recycling Facilities at Bray, Wicklow, Arklow, Avoca and Rampere remain open this Saturday and on weekdays.  Further details are available on the Council’s Website. 

Your Local Enterprise Office:  The LEO is the first stop shop for business supports and offers a range of supports to business impacted by COVID-19 including training, mentoring, answering customs queries and access to funding. For more information on these supports please see: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Wicklow/Financial-Supports/COVID-19/ and https://www.localenterprise.ie/response/ .  Please call 0404 30800 or email: enterprise@leo.wicklowcoco.ie to start the conversation.

Wicklow County Council would like to thank members of the public in advance for their patience and understanding.  The safety of our employees and members of the public remains our priority.  Measures will be kept under review in accordance with Government announcements. 

Further information in relation to all Wicklow County Council Services are available on the Council’s website:  www.wicklow.ie

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