THE county council depot in Mountrath is set to close, with workers being moved to Abbeyleix and Borris in Ossory. It is believed that the yard at the depot will be used for sewerage works and treatments for the area.
Cllr John Joe Fennelly told the Leinster Express that he is very worried that the area of Mountrath will suffer as a result.
“We may lose services in the area to make way for these treatment plants. I want to make sure that Mountrath will be well maintained as it has been,” said the councillor who promised to raise the issue with the county manager this week.
“There are five or six people working there and I understand they only received letters notifying them of this on Monday evening. As a councillor for the area I am not happy to see the depot going and I know others won’t be either,” he said. “We can still have people based in Mountrath, there is a big yard there. We should maintain the yard and the workers should be able to work out of part of it”. At the time of going to print, Laois County Council were unavailable for comment.
Deputy Charlie Flanagan questioned the lack of consultation with staff over the move.