Portlaoise residents meet town’s gardaí

Residents from across Portlaoise gathered in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, last week to discuss challenges they were facing in their estates and how they were trying to overcome them.

Residents from across Portlaoise gathered in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, last week to discuss challenges they were facing in their estates and how they were trying to overcome them.

Laois Community Forum hosted an Information and Networking evening for Residents’, the meeting was supported by Laois County Council, Laois Partnership Company and An Garda Siochana.

The objective of the meeting was to provide a platform for resident groups in Portlaoise to share information and ideas and network which may be beneficial for all groups involved.

Issues discussed at the meeting included Committee governance and money management, estate maintenance and environmental queries, issues regarding tenanted properties, anti social behavior, crime prevention and community initiatives to involve local residents such as clean ups and fun activities.

A number of representatives talked to the group regarding some serious challenges being faced in their estates and local areas and many gave examples of positive things that they were doing themselves in their estates that is helping to overcome these challenges.

Representatives from St Bridget’s said they were delighted to receive positive feedback on their estate, from other people who were at the meeting.

“It’s great to get positive feedback from people, it makes it all worthwhile,” they said.

While the Rossdarragh and Ratheven representatives were looking forward to getting ideas and tips from other estates.

Laois Partnership, BHP Insurances, Bluebird Care, the local gardai and the newly formed community mediation service were also there on the night with information stands.