Jessop Street and Hynds Square had an early morning Valentine’s spring clean, as Downtown Portlaoise organised a much neeed clean up in the area.
In conjunction with Portlaoise Tidy Towns, Laois Co. Council and some residents and traders from Hynds Square, about 12 people got together early on Valentine’s Day morning to clean up a litter black spot at Jessops Court.
“By 10.30 am the place was pristine and, thanks to Martina Bracken and John Ging from the Council’s Enviroment Section, over half a tonne of rubbish and clippings were removed to the dump,” Alison Browne reported on behalf of the traders.
“It had gone so bad, and some of the residents had started to clean it up recently, but when you walked across to Main Street from the Heritage Hotel, it was like walking through a tip head.
“Velma Merca from Goodwin footwear has also been doing it for a long time.
“Gerry organised with Martina Bracken in the council and Portlaoise Tidy Towns to do a clean up in the area.”
The Traders group hope that some of the residents in the area will take over responsibility for keeping the area litter free now.
“Some of the residents are willing and want to do it, which is great. It’s a fresh start for Jessop Street and a positive story for the town.”
Following the Jessop Street clean, the Downtown traders joined the Tidy Towns Committee on a clean up of Knockmay and Telfords last week.
“The Tidy Towns are constantly doing work that nobody sees, Downtown just want to help them out in whatever way they can.”
Alison continued: “We have broken our committee down into sub groups who work with various departments of the council or the guards and report back to the general committee.
“We hope that the town is starting to see the benefits of our work.”