The future of the old convent site and the linkage of the old and new parts of town were recurring themes at the Portlaoise Public Realm Strategy meeting held in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel yesterday evening (Tuesday).
The packed meeting was the initial consultation, by the project team tasked with the strategy and Laois County Council, with the business community, residents and stakeholders in devising a strategy which should be ready by next year.
John Mullohand, Chief Executive of Laois County Council highlighed a number of areas such as heritage, accessibilty, broadband, retail and the night time economy.
Robert McLoughlin from Bilfinger GVA said that the strategy should look at things that the town wanted to change.
He noted that heritage was a key asset of the town.
The meeting then addressed Portlaoise's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in a series of round table discussions.
The issues raised included the town's location, parking, linkages, accessibility, heritage and culture.
The old convent site was identified as an opportunity which has the potential to change the dynamic of the whole town.
For full report see next week's paper.