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Free Saturday parking in Laois’s main towns – and new public toilets set to open in Portlaoise

More than three years after being closed, the refurbished public toilets in the heart of Portlaoise are set to open this week.

The toilets have been closed in Lyster Square since the summer of 2017 when they were beset by a range of problems before work began on their refurbishment earlier this year.

The entire project cost over €130,000. The two units will be maintained on a daily basis by Laois County Council and are accessed from the path and have been designed similar to other newer public toilets in an effort to minimize anti-social behaviour.

The new facility will open tomorrow, Thursday, December 3, at 8am.

“They will be open from 8am to 6pm in the evening, Monday to Saturday – including public holidays and the entry fee is 50 cent,” said a statement from Laois County Council.

“People using this facility are required to adhere to HSE COVID 19
guidelines.”

Meanwhile, Laois County Council have also announced that no charges will apply to their public parking areas in Portlaoise, Mountmellick or Portarlington on the Saturdays in the lead up to Christmas as part of their efforts to support shopping local.

No parking charges will apply on Saturday, December 5, 12 or 19 though “parking time limits (2 hours in short term car parking zones) will remain and will be enforced to ensure turnover of spaces”.

“Enforcement regarding other parking offences such as unauthorised parking on footpaths, in loading bays or in disabled parking bays, parking on double yellow lines etc will continue as normal,” they said in a statement.

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