Finding a new home for skaters in Portlaoise

Laois County Council are actively looking for a site for a new skate park, Portlaoise Town Council heard last week.

Laois County Council are actively looking for a site for a new skate park, Portlaoise Town Council heard last week.

All the councillors had put down a joint motion for the meeting calling on the Council to accommodate skating and skateboard equipment in the Portlaoise area.

Cllr Rotimi Adebari asked for monthly updates on progress, as he said the councillors could forget after a few months if it was not kept on the agenda.

“The council should also continue meeting with the skaters, they should have an input into the location,” he said.

Cllr Jerry Lodge said the local skaters needs a facility are the Civic Plaza was not suitable.

“Sometimes because we can’t partake in something we are slow to move on it,” he admitted.

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald called on the council to move quickly, and said there was funding available from the government. While Cllr Kathleen O’Brien suggested the People’s Park as a good location for a skatepark.

Cllr O’Brien said the old skatepark, where the old church used to be, had been replaced by prefabs for the school.

“It’s important that they are accommodated with a new site. They are a great bunch of youngsters and have caused no hassle but they need somewhere safe and secure.”

Cllr Alan Hand said equipment was currently in storage.

“The new site has to be in the close confines of the town so they can walk to it. With help from the council, we can get somewhere,” he said.

Cllr Caroline Dwane also suggested a site.

“Fitzmaurice is a two minutes walk from Main Street. It’s not being utilised,” she said.