Construction site leftovers for gardeners

THE “bits and pieces” of land leftover from construction projects in Portlaoise could be used as allotments at affordable rates, according to town councillor Alan Hand.

THE “bits and pieces” of land leftover from construction projects in Portlaoise could be used as allotments at affordable rates, according to town councillor Alan Hand.

Cllr Hand proposed the motion at the recent town council meeting, claiming that there is “an appetite” for such an idea in the county town following the successful implementation of similar schemes in Portarlington and Stradbally.

“I believe it could be viable and enough people in Portlaoise would be interested,” he said.

Cllr Hand said that areas of “backland” left over from construction would be suitable and would help steer people toward becoming self sufficient.

Cllr Caroline Dwane said it was great idea if sites could be identified and she remarked that surely with the amount of land owned by NAMA some could be made available locally.

The matter was referred to Ian McCormack of the Community & Enterprise Department, who replied that he was not aware of any land suitable for allotments and in council ownership in the Portlaoise area.

Michael Rainey of the housing department recommended that anyone aware of any available land should inform the council and it was agreed that the matter will be investigated further.