Council u-turn on dangerous Portlaoise site

Laois County Council has done a u-turn on safety concerns at an abandoned Portlaoise quarry.

Laois County Council has done a u-turn on safety concerns at an abandoned Portlaoise quarry.

Earlier this summer, the council said that the site at Summerhill was in private ownership, and therefore not the council’s responsibility.

The council then acknowledged that it had register the quarry. Now Angela McEvoy, senior planner. with the council has now confirmed that the council’s enforcement team has carried out an inspection at the quarry. The site was a popular but dangerous place for young people during the summer heatwave.

“In relation to the matter of the Morrissey site at Lismard, a site inspection was carried out by the enforcement team and a planner. The files are currently being reviewed in order to determine an appropriate course of action at this time,” Ms McEvoy said last week.

The site became a serious safety concern this summer when young people began swimming in the large pools of water. Apart from the pools there are also big mounds of sand nearby.

Brian Stanley TD highlighted the dangers when he visited the site during the summer. Dep Stanley said he would be contacting the council to urge them to do something about the site immediately.

“This is probably the most dangerous site in Laois. During the boom, these sites were excavated and then abandoned mid-stream after the collapse. The developers have a responsibility to make sure these sites are made safe in the interim.”

The Sinn Fein TD said the site could not be left as it is, and something would have to be done to resolve the situation and make the site safe.