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Latest Laois News: Portlaoise Town Centre Works Update
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Latest Laois News: Portlaoise Town Centre Works Update

This week’s Portlaoise Municipal District (MD) meeting saw the Chief Executive Engineer at Laois County County (LCC), Wes Wilkinson, give an update on the current and soon-to-commence works taking place around the county town.

Mr. Wilkinson was able to tell the seven Portlaoise MD councillors the following about the current works on Bull Lane “will be substantially done by the May Bank Holiday.” He envisaged that the works on the town’s Main Street would begin during the first week in May. He also predicted that the works along Tower Hill “will last ten weeks.” The Tower Hill works would consist of conservation of the Fort Wall, putting ESB cables underground and the widening of footpaths.

As for the resurfacing works on the Stradbally Road Mr. Wilkinson termed this as “significant.”

“The works started at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church and will be carried out in a number of phases until mid-July.”

Councillor (Cllr.) Caroline Dwane Stanley welcomed the news about the widening of the footpath at Tower Hill.

Councillor Caroline Dwane Stanley pointed out how wheelchair users are forced out onto the road due to narrow footpath on Tower Hill

“I had received two complaints from wheelchair users. They had to go out on the road (there).”

Cllr. Dwane Stanley went on to complement Mr. Wilkinson on the Bull Lane works. Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerald went on to raise concerns for the businessess on Bull Lane that are affected.

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Update on the Bull Lane, Tower Hill, Main St. and N80 Stradbally Road Roadworks

“The works are taking so long. Can the work not be done at night? Businesses there are badly hit”

Cllr. Willie Aird felt the Bull Lane works were “dragging out.” He pointed out that there is a cafe there that wants to open there as quick as they can.

Cllr. Aird went on to query why the Stradbally Road works “had to be done now” now that the schools had fully reopened.

In response to all those queries Mr. Wilkinson first said the Main Street works would start the Tuesday after the May Bank Holiday. As for Bull Lane works he went on to say Laois County Council was “trying to do our best.” He updated the councillors that the grouting of the new footpath was due to be done today (April 21) and that “the footpath should open later this week.” This footpath would be on the same side as Browns Fruit and Veg and The Wandering Elk cafe.

Mr. Simon Walton, Director of Services at Laois County Council, had this to say about the works on the Stradbally Road,

“I appreciate the work on the N80 is an inconvenience. We have been delayed on a number of occasions. Laois County Council is bound to implement the TII (Transport Infrstructure Ireland) decision (to begin these works). The contracts were signed for the works. It falls on LCC to reduce the impact (of these works). I don’t doubt there is an inconvenience.