Portarlington’s roundabouts set for a facelift

Portarlington’s Dirty Old Towns committee have big plans to spruce up to towns roundabouts, but one committee member says they have not got the same support as other Laois towns from the local authority.

Portarlington’s Dirty Old Towns committee have big plans to spruce up to towns roundabouts, but one committee member says they have not got the same support as other Laois towns from the local authority.

The DOT committee, which are due to complete the river walk path, now hope to upgrade three roundabouts and the area around the abandoned Avon factory. Ann Dunne outlined their ideas for the roundabouts, and is asking anyone with suggestions to come forward.

“Odlum’s have agreed to sponsor something on their roundabout, we are considering a clock, like they have in Portlaoise, but getting power to it could be a problem.

“On the McMahon’s roundabout, we have been given a piece of bog oak and we think it would make a nice sculpure, representing the bog and the power station.

“The roundabout at Maxol is a bit unsightly, the weeds are coming up through the cobble. We have spoken to a landscaper and we are looking to meet with Laois and Offaly County Councils to get something done,” she says.

The committee member believes that Port does not get equal treatment.

“All other towns have lovely landscaped roundabouts. We in Port were not even allowed put a tree in the ground in the Town Square. Too much bother for them to look for the cables and pipes that are underground. When you look at Abbeyleix and all the lovely trees along Main Street. We will be following this up,” said Anne Dunne on Facebook.

Ann says the local community have donated generously already, and is reluctant to go asking for more money. For this reason, the steel ‘sunflower’ sculpture for the Maxol roundabout, suggested by Matt Dunne, is on hold for now.

“We need to come up with something affordable, We don’t want to have to go to the public looking for more money,” she said.

The disused Avon factory on Canal Road, is also in their sights.

“We would like to do something in conjunction with the Tidy Towns committee at the Avon Factory. It was always kept so well but it is in a bad way now,” Ann said.

She thanked the FÁS workers for keeping Derryounce and the river walk maintained, and local photographer Con Murphy who is maintaining the lawn at Arlington House.