Home News Council BREAKING: Laois County Council confirm date for possible re-opening of Portlaoise Leisure… NewsCouncil Pinterest TAGSDonal BrennanLaois County CouncilPortlaoise Leisure Centre News Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook WhatsApp Mr Brennan outlined how the two leisure centres, Portlaoise and Portarlington, are set to be amalgamated together to form one body.He told how a number of works are taking place at present in a bid to get the Centre into a position to re-open in four months time.However, he said, this is dependent on Laois remaining at Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions as any escalation would slow progress down.Mr Brennan said: “Laois County Council recognises the value of leisure facilities to physical, mental and economic health of the county.“The council is committed to the reopening of the facilities at Portlaoise Leisure Centre.“Laois County Council has sought legal advice to reestablish operations in Portlaoise.“A number of works are underway at present and the hope is we would be in a position to open in January 2021.”Staffing levels, according to Mr Brennan, will not be retained to what they were previously but this will be fully confirmed in due course.In terms of works, a fall arrest system has been installed and rising damp remedial works have been completed.A roof investigation has been carried out and works there are set to be completed by November 15.Painting, both inside and out, will hopefully be completed by mid December while replacement of some dressing room doors and installation of LED retro fit lighting should be completed by the end of that month.Remaining repairs on the kids pool and floor repairs should be finished by mid January in time for reopening.Mr Brennan said Laois County Council are contributing €40,000 to this with the remainder coming through various grants – chiefly Laois Leader.While Mr Brennan also revealed that Portarlington Leisure Centre have received grant funding for remedial works but it is hoped that would not begin until work in Portlaoise in completed.Councillors roundly welcomed Mr Brennan’s report and looked forward to future updates in the coming months.SEE ALSO – What’s it like where you are? Four Laois people living abroad on their new Covid lifestyles Pinterest Facebook Twitter Laois County Council are hopeful that Portlaoise Leisure Centre will re-open in January 2021.Director of Services Donal Brennan revealed the news at this morning’s monthly meeting of Laois County Council – held in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.The board running the Leisure Centre decided in June to close the facility due to financial difficulties and the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BREAKING: Laois County Council confirm date for possible re-opening of Portlaoise Leisure Centre Previous articleWhat’s it like where you are? Four Laois people living abroad on their new Covid lifestylesNext articleClough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton lead the way on Team of the Week as final places decided Alan HartnettStradbally 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. By Alan Hartnett – 28th September 2020 Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic WhatsApp
RelatedTreasure Beach gets state-of-the-art computer lab Treasure Beach gets state-of-the-art computer lab TechnologyNovember 25, 2010 RelatedTreasure Beach gets state-of-the-art computer lab RelatedTreasure Beach gets state-of-the-art computer lab Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A state-of-the-art computer laboratory was opened in Treasure Beach, in St. Elizabeth on November 18, built by the Treasure Beach Women’s Group, with funding from the Universal Access Fund (UAF).At the opening of the facility, constructed at a cost of $2.5 million, co-founder and President of the Women’s Group, Celeste Anderson, told the gathering that it was built for the people of the area to contribute to their growth and long term development.“The computer lab can help with literacy and reading and the numeracy skills of our community, so that more people can get jobs. This is for those who have dropped out of school, and for others who don’t have enough skills to go on to university. We hope to be the agents of change that can take them from where they are to a level where they can now get a skill and go to university,” she said.Training will be provided at the laboratory, in conjunction with facilitators from the HEART Trust/NTA.Manager at the Black River-based HEART Vocational Training Centre, Delmarie Rowe-Lewis, said the new facility will provide training for persons who need it.“We want to ensure that our citizens are fully literate, and computer literate. We are in a global society driven by technology, so we embrace this vision with the Women’s Group and look forward to its success,” Mrs. Rowe-Lewis said.Manager of the St. Elizabeth office of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Sandra Gray-Emanuel said that, “this is part of our vision to ensure that every community has access to facilities such as this one. It also speaks to an attendant vision of empowering our citizenry, hence we laud the work of the Women’s Group, as they have added to the infrastructure of this community”.“This we believe will result in our nation moving forward – the concept of a Jamaica as a place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business,” the Manager said.Young member of the Women’s Group, Debbian James, said the computer laboratory “is a great project for the Treasure Beach community”.“It is an opportunity for persons to improve on their computer literacy skills, and for the entire community to have access to computer training,” she added.Managing Director of the UAF, Hugh Cross, highlighted the benefits of access to the Internet, as such access facilitates business development in its widest sense, and reduces energy and transportation costs.“It improves communication, both locally and world-wide; dramatically expands and enhances educational options, improves customer services, and generally improves the quality of life within the country,” he added.