‘Beautiful town’ can be midlands capital

The view of Main Street, Portlaoise.

The view of Main Street, Portlaoise.

Portlaoise is a beautiful town that is crying out to be developed creatively according to the chairman of Downtown Portlaoise which has launched an ambitious project to turn things around.

The traders group has already started face-to-face surveys with local business people to find out what should be done to turn around the fortunes of the town centre and Main St. As part of drawing up a plan the group will also run a survey with the Leinster Express to gather the public’s views on what needs to happen.

Ger Mulhall is Downtown Portlaoise Chairman.

“We have a beautiful town that is crying out for creative development to make it a town that stands out from the rest. We want to be the capital of the midlands.

“Surveys like this will help the retailers and planners of this town deliver on what the public/customers demand,” said the Mr Mulhall who runs Supervalu on Lyster Square.‘

Shimoda, a local company, is already meeting businesses to find out what future they see for Portlaoise. They will collate these views. All business owners are urged to take part so that the views of business can be built into a play for the town cente.

A survey of the people of Portlaoise will be included in next week’s Leinster Express so that their views on Main St and the town centre are factored into the plan.

“Our policy this year is to work together with the community to make Portlaoise the town it should be and can be,” concluded Alison Browne of Downtown and Browne’s Jewellers.




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