Bad parking to get coffee in Laois town 'destroying' residents' green

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Bad parking for coffee in Laois town

Bad parking for coffee in Laois town

Badly parked cars are "destroying" a residential green in a Laois town to buy their coffee in a recently opened chain.

Portarlington councillor Aidan Mullins wants Laois County Council to find a solution to stop people parking badly near a coffee shop opened last summer near a housing estate.

He has tabled a motion on it to the February meeting of the Graiguecullen Portarlington Municipal District.

"That Laois County Council put measures in place at Rosecourt Estate in Portarlington to prevent vehicles parking on the green area".

"This is across from SuperValu and Costa Coffee. There are inadequate spaces so people are driving onto the green, destroying the area that residents are trying to keep looking well," he said.

I believe that SuperValu is looking at additional parking but residents would like physical measures," he said.

He said that this may be shrubs and flowerbeds rather than bollards and wooden stakes which he said "don't look well".

Cllr Mullins has since said that the problem was particularly bad over Christmas. He said it is also supermarket customers and customers of a new pharmacy attached to the supermarket that have brought more traffic to the area.

The reply from Laois County Council is as follows.

"Laois County Council is aware of the ongoing challenge of vehicles parking along this area. We are reviewing options to prevent vehicles parking," they said.

the councillor said he will liaise with area engineer John Griffin.