EXTRA parking spaces could be created at The Orchard housing estate in Stradbally if a new proposal gets the green light.
Residents are said to be in favour of the proposal, which would see a small green area converted into parking bays.
The suggestion was put forward by cllr Tom Mulhall at the latest meeting of Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District.
Laois County Council recently bought six houses in the estate, which were vacant for about ten years and are providing homes for people on the housing waiting list.
While he welcomed the purchase of six houses, cllr Mulhall said there was also a need to provide more parking spaces for residents of the estate. He suggested that the council should remove grass from the green area in front of two of the houses that were bought, in order to provide much-needed parking space.
Cllr Mulhall said: “In front of numbers 5 and 6, the grass area goes right up to their hall doors, so they have a green area but nowhere to park their cars. The SuperValu car park nearby is nearly always full. If the council removed the grass, it would free up another three or four parking spaces for residents of The Orchard. The residents support this, too.”
He was seconded by cllr Paschal McEvoy, who said the proposal made “absolute sense”.
Senior executive officer Nicola Lawler said the proposal could be considered when the council is preparing its 2020 road works programme, as the provision of parking spaces is a roads issue. She said details of the proposal would be forwarded to the council’s roads department for consideration.