By Joe Barrett
The former Centrepoint shopping complex along the Mountrath Road is set to be demolished.
The nine councillors in the Portlaoise Municipal District Council were today, Friday 11 June, circulated with an email from the council’s head of housing and planning Joe Delaney informing them of the updated position on the site.
The email read: “Councillors, for your information, a derelict sites notice is being issued to the owners of the Centrepoint site today requiring its demolition.
“My understanding from the owners is that they intend proceeding with this as soon as they can arrange same with teh relevant and competent contractors.”
Welcoming the news, cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said: “I have raised the problems around the site on many occasions because of the anti-social activities and because of the fires that were in it. I welcome the move by the owners to demolish it. It was also very problematic for the elderly couple who were living adjacent to it on the Mountrath Road.”
Asked what she would like to see developed on the site, cllr Dwane Stanley said: “It’s a prime site in the centre of the town for commercial or/and housing development. I how whatever the developers decide that they consult with the public as widely as possible.”
Cllr Dwane Stanley said that she has not been given a date as to when the demolition works will commence on the site.