Portarlington streetscape should be upgraded

A Portarlington Councillor wants the council to upgrade the streetscape in the town including the Main Sqaure.

A Portarlington Councillor wants the council to upgrade the streetscape in the town including the Main Sqaure.

Cllr Aidan Mullins made the suggestion at the recent meeting of the Graiguecullen/Portarlington Municipal District.

Director of services, Kieran Kehoe said it would be worthwhile to start the process, but said the cost would be significant.

He explained some of the feature of a plan for the town which the Council had designed in recent years.

Cllr Mullins said there was some things that could be done that wouldn’t require a big investment.

“We could get solar compactors or plant trees in the square.

“There is a derelict site on Upper Main Street that I had put on the derelict sites register last year, but the owner put second hand galvinised sheets on the building and it was taken off the register, but it’s still an eyesore.”

He continued: “There was a house demolished on Foxcroft Street but the rubble was never removed. It’s now gathering rats and people have started dumping over the wall. Something could be done about that.

“There is ugly steel railings on the bridge over the Barrow that something could be done without major expense.”

Cllr Mullins also paid tribute to the local Tidy Towns group for the work they do in the town.

“The Tidys Towns committee work hard with limited resources,” he said.

Mr Kehoe said he would get a price to replace the railings on the bridge.

He said it might not be possible to plant trees on Main Street due to the underground services. He said the council had offered to provide planters, which could be moved during festivals, but he said the Tidy Towns did not feel that they were suitable.

Cllr Tom Mulhall suggested prioritising the bad areas that need enhancing or improving.