Black mark in Tidy Towns that council should be ashamed of

The area of land owned at the junction of Park View and the Ridge Road in Portlaoise is “a black mark in the Tidy Towns” competition and something which Laois County Council should be ashamed of.

The area of land owned at the junction of Park View and the Ridge Road in Portlaoise is “a black mark in the Tidy Towns” competition and something which Laois County Council should be ashamed of.

So declared Cllr Willie Aird at the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District in County Hall. He proposed a motion calling on the environment section of Laois County Council to clean up this area of council-owned land.

“It’s unbecoming of Laois County Council to encourage people to do their voluntary work with the Tidy Towns, but then leave this black spot, it’s an absolute disgrace,” he fumed. “All it’s used for is putting posters up - I put a few up there myself - you should be ashamed of yourselves,” he told county council senior engineer, Mr Tom O’Carroll. “We just fenced it up and left it, it’s a black mark in the Tidy Towns”.

“All you can see are timber pallets,” agreed Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald.

Mr O’Carroll said the council carried out works in this area last year and have no plans for this year. However, Mr O’Carroll said that this matter is to be investigated further.