Aughnaharna set to be taken in charge

Works have now been completed in Aughnaharna Drive, Portlaoise, and the area is now being advertised for taking in charge by Laois County Council.

Works have now been completed in Aughnaharna Drive, Portlaoise, and the area is now being advertised for taking in charge by Laois County Council.

The news emerged at County Hall recently, during the last meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District.

Ms Carmel McNicholl of the planning department revealed that the works have now been completed, in response to a request from Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley for an update on the estate.

Cllr Dwane Stanley noted that it is just Aughnaharna Drive that will be taken in charge, not Aughnaharna Court, and said there were still a few outstanding issues in the estate, including the need for a stop sign at the entrance, and ‘Children - go slow’ signs.

She remarked that a couple of years ago there were several houses at the back of the estate with their windows broken, but there is a big difference there now.

“There’s one house where water gathers outside, the gully goes round the bend and there’s a slight rise in the road. While I’m no engineer I know that water won’t flow uphill,” she said, asking the council to look at the problem.

She also requested that by the next council meeting she be informed of what works are still outstanding in Aughnaharna Court, and remarked: “It would be great to have all the area taken in charge.”