Changing rooms on track for Portlaoise athletes

PORTLAOISE’S athletes could finally be on track to have up to date changing facilities with the news that County Hall is planing to invest in the town’s running track.

PORTLAOISE’S athletes could finally be on track to have up to date changing facilities with the news that County Hall is planing to invest in the town’s running track.

For the past four years athletes have been forced to change in a old truck container beside the running track at Portlaoise College. They lost their facilities when the track was relocated from the site of the new Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

However, it emerged this week that the council has plans. Laois VEC, which owns the site, has given the green light to the council to start work.

“Laois County Council is proposing to build changing/dressing rooms beside the running track at Portlaoise College,” Anne O’Keeffe, Laois VEC CEO told a meeting this week.

She told VEC members that the move was part of the overall plan for the running track and sports arena. She said the VEC had given the go ahead to the council, who would have to access the college’s water and sewerage scheme to allow work to get underway.

The announcement was welcomed by VEC members including its chairperson Cllr Mary Sweeney. She said that the next step would be floodlighting and she hoped the VEC would support such a project. Mr Gerry Quinn backed this proposal because of the large amount of night time training. “Lighting is imperative,” he said.

The CEO said there was ducting around the track to facilitate cabling.