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Calls for land in Laois town that is earmarked housing to be turned into car park for cemetery and school

Mountrath

A parcel of land that is currently zoned for housing should be turned into a car park – a Laois County Councillor has said.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Borris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick municipal, Independent Councillor James Kelly called for the change.

The land in question is located in Mountrath and if converted, it would allow people who use St Fintan’s Cemetery and Mountrath Community School to park there.

The land was zoned for housing around 12 years ago but no homes have ever been built there and it is lying idol as a result.

Cllr Kelly said: “There is a parcel of land there and it is all overgrown.

“I would hope to be able to get something done as part of the town plan.”

Agreeing with Cllr Kelly, Fine Gael’s John King said he highly doubted that houses would ever be built there.

He said: “This car park would serve two purposes for school during the day and for local people attending funerals.

“It was designated for housing but I don’t think that is going to happen now.”

In a written reply, Mr Ken Morley, Senior Executive Engineer, said he would meet with Cllr Kelly at St Fintan’s Cemetery in relation to this matter.

While Director of Services Donal Brennan said that a proposal of this nature could be submitted for the upcoming development plan for Mountrath.

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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.