The lack of lights in Portlaoise’s Lyster Square has turned the area into a no man’s land where people are afraid to walk at night.
So opined town councillors at the recent meeting of Portlaoise Town Council, where Cllr Jerry Lodge requested Laois County Council to conduct a survey regarding the adequacy of the public lighting in Lyster Square and on Main Street, as an upgrade is urgently needed.
“There’s a huge scarcity of lights to get from Main Street to Lyster Square, it’s very dark,” he said.
“At nighttime people park in Lyster Square and a lot of people are reluctant to park there and walk across, they’re getting nervous,” said Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald.
“Two lights are out outside the chemist’s, the whole area is very dark looking,” said Cllr Kathleen O’Brien. “Outside the bank is a no man’s land, the lights were never repaired for years and years.”
The councillors were informed in a reply from the central area office, that the council is looking at the options to improve lighting, however all improvement works are subject to funding.