No money to clean
Ballyroan sites

The council have no money to clean up sites which they are selling in Ballyroan, according to the county hall.

The council have no money to clean up sites which they are selling in Ballyroan, according to the county hall.

Councillors Alan Hand and Mary Sweeney both called on the council to clean up the sites beside Gleann na Glaise, Ballyroan at the Portlaoise Electoral Area meeting last week.

Speaking for the council Mr Michael Rainey said the site was considerably overgrown but there was no money available at the minute to do anything with it.

“The cost would be considerable as we couldn’t just put a machine in because the grass is so overgrown and there has been some dumping. We will have to wait until the end of the year until the grass has died down a bit. I’ll have to see if there is money left over at the end of the year.”

Mr Rainey said the sites had been reduced to €25,000 and were now for sale on the open market. However, Mr Rainey said there had not been one expression of interest in the sites in his two years in the Housing Department.

Cllr Alan Hand said her would like to see the area improved.

“There has been grass and hedge clipping dumped there. The prices have been reduced and they are in a great location. I’d like to see the area improved,” he said.

Cllr Mary Sweeney said the sites were originally for sale as affordable sites and there had been a lot of interest in them at the time. She said the environmental section should be brought in to investigate the dumping on the sites.

“There has been quiet a bit of dumping there. The environment section should be brought in also,” said Cllr Sweeney

However, Cllr Sweeney was unhappy that there was no money available to clean the site.

“If there’s money to cut the grass at County Hall, there should be money for Ballyroan. Laois County Council has fallen down on their duties in Ballyroan, they have never done anything out there since those houses were built,” she said.

Cllr Willie Aird said the council should spray the area, and that would help to kill off the long grass and maybe discourage people from dumping there.