QUESTION: What has Bull, Peppers and Lyster in common?
Answer: They’re all laneways in the centre of Portlaoise.
At a recent meeting of Laois County Council, councillors received a detailed report of works that are planed for the centre of town, including the three laneways.
The changes will incorporate a commemorative square, a plaza, outdoor tables, chairs, water features, light projections, light strips built into walkways and the long-awaited reorganisation of the car parking layout at Lyster Square.
The report is titled Portlaoise Laneways and Lyster Lane Enchantment Scheme, Lyster Square and James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Bull Lane, Lyster Lane and Peppers Lane, Portlaoise, County Laois.
The council’s executive officer John Mulholland said that the proposed works will “improve the presentation of the town centre and in particular the laneways off the Main Street, Lyster Square and James Fintan Lalor Avenue.
“The plan will provide enhanced pedestrian priority and access across the town through improved paving of varying colours, lighting and improved signage of the laneways.
“The plan will also include improved crossing points on James Fintan Lalor Avenue and paving to the section where pedestrians are active.”
Some of the proposed works include the installation of a “Commemorative Square” in Lyster Square. Mr Mulholland said that this project will be a “square for the decade of commemorations with shelter (canopy), outdoor tables, seating and water features”.
Works are also planned for the Lyster Square car park, which the council says “will see a reorganisation of the existing car parking arrangements”. A raised table will be installed between All Books and the AIB bank and a number of pedestrian crossings will also be laid in various locations around the square.
Bull Lane and Peppers Lane will see new paving and lighting, with the possibility of lights in Bull Lane having the facility to “include light projections, wi-fi or speakers”.
In Peppers Lane there are plans to install lighting on the stone wall and on the ceiling as well as light strips along the route and built into the paving.
The plan also includes a plaza in front of the Tourist Information Office in Lyster Square.