Two Portlaoise filling station owners have lodged rival planning applications to build a medical centre on the town’s Dublin Road.
Portlaoise Service Station Ltd, who own Downeys Filling Station, and Mr Michael Hanley, of the Applegreen Service Station, have both made planning applications to build a medical centre or doctor’s surgery at a stretch of land opposite the Midlands Hospital.
Mr Hanley’s application dates back to 2009, when he was granted permission to change the use of a gym located next to the Applegreen Service Station to a pharmacy and doctor’s surgery.
Some four years on and despite permission Mr Hanley had not commenced work on the surgery, when last year Portlaoise Service Station Ltd made their own application to Laois County Council to build a two-storey medical centre at a disused site next to Applegreen.
Mr Hanley subsequently objected to this, saying there was already an over proliferation of granted pharmacy units in the area.
A decision is due from Laois County Council on Portlaoise Service Station Ltd’s application by February 6.