Portarlington supermarket site gets facelift

Another eyesore created by the property crash has disappeared in Portarlington, thanks to the ongoing work by Dirty Old Towns volunteers and Port Tidy Towns.

Another eyesore created by the property crash has disappeared in Portarlington, thanks to the ongoing work by Dirty Old Towns volunteers and Port Tidy Towns.

The plan for a shopping centre on Sandy Lane meant that for the past six years, nearby residents of St Michael’s Park have faced ugly hoarding instead of woods that once stood there.

Last Monday in the unseasonably hot weather work got underway to dismantle the hoarding and replace it with attractive post and rail fencing and new hedging supplied by Coillte.

Developer Pat Booth who owns the site provided a digger for the work, and a call for volunteers brought a team of twelve on Monday eager to get stuck in. By the afternoon, all 200 metres of the hoarding had been pulled down, and posts were being pounded in for the new fence. More volunteers will be needed today (Wednesday) and tomorrow to plant the hedging.

“The Tidy Towns committee have been looking to get all the hoarding down in the town for years. This is just the start. A development is not going to be built here in the near future, so they are delighted this is happening,” said Ann Dunne of the Dirty Old Towns committee.

The Happy Endings filmcrew for the RTE series were on site to record the demolition of the fence. The show is presented by Diarmuid Gavin and will begin next week but work will continue on Port’s transformation into the summer.