Glenbrook’s green unsafe for children

A boundary fence is urgently needed to protect children playing on the green area at the Glenbrook Estate in Ballyroan.

A boundary fence is urgently needed to protect children playing on the green area at the Glenbrook Estate in Ballyroan.

So declared Cllr John Joe Fennelly at County Hall last week, when he requested Laois County Council to give an update on works in the area. He brought particular attention to the issue of public lighting, and the need for a boundary fence.

“There was to be a wall or a fence built around it. It’s right in front of a school, there are children playing there and there’s no boundary fence between the green area and the road. If I had children, I wouldn’t be letting them play out there,” he told the meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District.

Cllr Mary Sweeney said the whole area needed to be looked at.

“There’s a big lot of work to be done on that area,” she said. “There’s an awful lot of traffic.”

“I don’t know why the planners decided to leave that green area, they knew young people were going to be playing there,” said Cllr Willie Aird. “It’s a matter of urgency, a temporary fence should be put up. That’s a very busy road.”

“For an unfinished estate there’s very little to be done,” opined Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley. “We should go the extra step and finish it off.”

Ms Angela McEvoy, senior planner, informed the meeting through a written communication that works in the estate are “substantially complete”, with the exception of the road which requires surfacing.

She said that the planning department is currently liaising with the developer in relation to the outstanding works.

“We should write back to Angela McEvoy expressing our concerns and saying we want something done urgently,” said chairman, Cllr Jerry Lodge.