€30,000 bill for parking at Portarlington Leisure Centre

Car parking

By Seamus Dunne

Reporter:

By Seamus Dunne

Email:

news@leinsterexpress.ie

€30,000 bill for parking at Portarlington Leisure Centre

More parking spaces and public lights are needed at Portarlington Leisure Centre at the Municipal District according to county councillors.

But the councillors were told that it will cost several thousand euro to extend parking at the busy centre.

Cllr Aidan Mullins said the Centre now had additional employees who also needed parking. The lack of public lighting made people reluctant to use nearby parking facilities, he revealed.

“It’s essential to have public lighting at the access road where there’s pitch darkness, and cars are being broken into.

“Kids are using the Leisure Centre up to 8.30 or 10pm,” he said.

The Sinn Féin councillor wondered was an additional speed ramp needed in the area.

The Centre was losing business because of too few parking spaces, stated Cllr Tom Mulhall of Fine Gael.

Laois County Council Executive Engineer John Ormond said approximately 20 extra temporary parking spaces could be provided at the Leisure Centre at an estimated cost of €30,000.

“Works will be carried out subject to the necessary funding being provided,” he said.