Portlaoise field needs a clean up

CLEAN up the litter-strewn field at Bruach na HAbhainn and install proper fencing - that was the proposal put forward at the recent monthly meeting of Portlaoise Town Council.

CLEAN up the litter-strewn field at Bruach na HAbhainn and install proper fencing - that was the proposal put forward at the recent monthly meeting of Portlaoise Town Council.

“The site is littered with rubbish and it got worse over the weekend,” said Cllr Caroline Dwane. “Old drainage pipes have been left on the site and the fencing is badly broken down. The people down there make an effort to keep their estates very well.”

Cllr Dwane said there was a lot of anti-social behaviour in the area as a result of the site and there were knock-on effects for the nearby Mill Court estate. She called on the council to contact the owner of the field to have the area cleaned up and made safe.

Cllr Kathleen O’Brien said that the issue had been dealt with before and now the same problems were happening again. She told the meeting that metal fencing was needed around the field.

“There’s a lot of dumping by vans in the field,” she said. “There are good residents associations down there and this just gives the area a bad reputation. It’s not the residents doing it,” she added.

Town clerk, John Clarke told the councillors that the matter has been referred to the planning department and no response has been received to date.

Cllr Matthew Keegan suggested sending the litter warden down to check out the extent of the problem.