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Cllr has ‘pain in his ass’ over waste land in Stradbally

Waste land in Stradbally

Cllr Paschal McEvoy says that he has a ‘pain in my ass’ over Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s refusal to turn a waste land in Stradbally into a green area.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District, McEvoy called on Laois County Council to ask the TII to remove the hedge on the Portlaoise Road.

It is located past Knowles house Stradbally, out as far as Cronin’s house and Cllr McEvoy wants it to be made into a green area.

He said: “I had this application in before and I think Cllr Mulhall might have had it in before.

“I was told that there was a funding application to go in last January and I sent an email on this and I never even got an answer from them.

“So that is the reason I put in this motion again. This is not a massive job but it is terrible looking.

“Anyone that is coming out of Stradbally, it is on the left hand side of the road.

“The ditch is all overgrown and all it would take is a couple of days to level it down and turn it into a green area.

“There is a load of residents along that area who are very much prepared to maintain it.”

Cllr McEvoy says that it is affecting their Tidy Towns score every year.

He said: “Stradbally is a good town and the people just can’t understand how this can’t be done.

“I will be following this and it is something I am not going to let go.

“I have a pain in my ass waiting for this to happen, it’s going on for years and years and we are totally being ignored.

“I don’t stir much here, but when you ask something and people don’t even have the decency to reply to let you know what is going on, I find it unfair.

“So hopefully in 2018, all systems will be go.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.