Flood risk forces Laois County Council to downsize Mountrath housing estate

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan



Flood risk forces Laois County Council to downsize Mountrath housing estate

A plan to build eight new council homes in Mountrath has downsized because of a flood risk on the site.

The housing scheme on Shannon Street is at the “detailed design stage” in Laois County Council.
The site is part of a “100 year flood plain”. The spare land on the site is to be used for a carpark.

Cllr James Kelly wants the shortfall met elsewhere in Mountrath.

“I fully understand why it has to go from eight to six, but I am very disappointed. We have had very bad flooding there. I hope there will be provision made somewhere else in Mountrath,” he said.
He also wants a start date given for the Shannon Street homes.

“We’ve been talking about these for a year and a half,” Cllr Kelly said.

He made his comments at the February council meeting, where an updated housing report was given by housing officer Michael Rainey, who returned to his previously held role recently.

“In the coming weeks we will get a very definite idea on a timeline,” Mr Rainey said.

Meanwhile, the key will turn on 11 other new homes for council tenants this month in Mountrath.

The housing units are to be letted this month, to people chosen from Laois County Council’s waiting list, which currently stands at 1,186 names.

The units are in Cluinin, Mountrath, and are owned by the voluntary housing agency Oakley, to be leased to the council for its tenants.

The Housing Officer expects to build 95 new council homes in Laois in the “next year or two”, including the six in Mountrath.

The rest include 33 at Conniberry Way in Portlaoise by April, six in Clodiagh Way in Clonaslee recently finished, five in Rathdowney, 10 in Pattisons Estate, Mountmellick, 10 in Ballyroan, 22 in Ballymorris in Portarlington, and three in Hillview and Harpurs Lane in Portlaoise.

Mountrath was hit badly by flooding twice this winter.