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24/07/2021

Portlaoise gets €250,000 for outdoor infrastructure projects

Laois council reveals breakdown of 'Outdoor Infrastructure' spend in Portlaoise, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Stradbally

Portlaoise gets €250,000 for outdoor infrastructure projects

Portlaoise's Main Street was pedestrianised briefly in 2020 - more work has been done in 2021 to advance the plan

Details of how much money will be spent to encourage people to enjoy outdoor parts of some Laois towns have been revealed by Laois County Council.

Laois County Council has outlined the breakdown in funing from the Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Funded projects in worth €490,000 for six projects in the county. More than half the money will be spent in Laois

The council says all of the projects are geared towards the reallocation of public space to support outdoor dining, greater turnover of car parking spaces and enhanced amenity and smarter travel provision and to complement other funding streams.

A breakdown the funding received by project is indicated below.

  • Market Square, Portlaoise  €50,000
  • Lyster Square, Portlaoise   €100,000
  • Lower Main Street, Portlaoise €100,000
  • O’Connell Square, Mountmellick €100,000
  • Mountrath Town €65,000
  • Court Square, Stradbally  €75,000

Details of how the funding will be spent below link:

1.      The repurposing and transformation of a portion of Market Square, Portlaoise to provide additional outdoor space for amenities such as public seating and dining.

2.      The repurposing and transformation of a portion of Lyster Square, Portlaoise in the vicinity of Lyster Lane to provide additional outdoor space for amenities such as public seating and dining.

3.      The Pedestrianisation of Portlaoise’s Lower Main Street resulting in the reassignment of existing parking spaces on Lower Main Street to a defined shared area.

Money is also going to Mountrath, Stradbally and Mountmellick.

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