Offaly beauty spot 'wide open temptation' for temporary dwellers

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Offaly beauty spot 'wide open temptation' for temporary dwellers

Offaly beauty spot 'wide open temptation' for temporary dwellers

A scenic walking area on the Offaly side of Portarlington has been described as "a wide open temptation" after a nearby public carpark was blocked by Laois County Council to stop temporary dwellings illegally moving into it.

A new carpark installed by the council in 2016 for Portarlington community creche has now been blocked off by the council.

It is “a scandal,” says Portarlington councillor Aidan Mullins.

“The council blocked the entrance to the new extra car spaces at the community creche. Why we have to close off public spaces to prevent temporary dwellings from parking there is a scandal,” he said.

Portarlington has become an attraction for many temporary dwellings in recent years, causing much concern for locals. 

The temporary dwellings are being moved on within two days by Gardaí he said but they merely park elsewhere in Portarlington.

“They are playing ducks and drakes around the town,” the Sinn Féin councillor said.

Below: Portarlington Community Creche.

The entrance to Derryounce Walkway in Offaly is  “another wide open temptation," he warned.

“We are planning the official opening of Derryounce, the last thing we want is a disaster with temporary dwellings,” Cllr Mullins said.

He praised Laois County Council and Portarlington Tidy Towns for their efforts to improve the streets and People’s Park in Portarlington.

“The People’s Park is getting great work in preparation for being awarded a Green Flag. The Tidy Towns group are waiting to work with the council on its streetscape upgrade plan, and their three year action plan. The effects are visible already, people are commenting on it,” he said.

He was speaking at the Graiguecullen Portarlington Municipal District meeting for June.

Engineer for the area John Ormond replied to him.

“It is a bit difficult at Derryounce because it is an open space,” he said.

Below: The entrance to Derryounce lake and walkway on the outskirts of Portarlington.