Saturday 16 December 2017

Bono and The Edge's hotel fears bad vibes from new civic plaza


The Clarence Hotel, owned by The Edge and Bono, is concerned about a rise in passing buses
The Clarence Hotel, owned by The Edge and Bono, is concerned about a rise in passing buses
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

The Clarence Hotel, owned by U2's Bono and The Edge, fears bad vibrations from plans to redevelop College Green into a civic plaza, according to a document filed with An Bord Pleanala.

The recently delivered correspondence shows the hotel's fears about changes to traffic in the area. It is located on Wellington Quay in Dublin's Temple Bar district.

Citing an environmental impact statement carried out for Dublin City Council by engineering consultants Arup, the business said it was worried about an increase of 47 buses travelling on nearby Parliament Street during the morning peak.

The letter, signed by the hotel's general manager Michael O'Connor, reads: "The nature of the traffic will change during the working week; it will be made up exclusively of taxis and double decker buses. The latter have the potential to cause diesel fumes and vibration."

The hotel said it was concerned about the level of clarity relating to traffic management. It is worried about the potential for traffic to have negative effects on deliveries and parking by guests.

It was also seeking clarity on how deliveries to sister bars and businesses might be affected.

But the Clarence insists that, in principle, it supports the plan.

The letter continues: "We accept that the scheme has the potential to create benefits for the Temple Bar area by greatly enhancing the amenity and the attractiveness of the area for Dubliners and visitors."

Plans for the scheme were submitted to An Bord Pleanala in May.

The council wants to create a pedestrianised zone encompassing part of Dame Street, running past the Grattan parliament building occupied by Bank of Ireland and across the front of Trinity College.

The proposal's lead architect Paul Keogh said: "We are aiming to create 'Dublin's living room' - a place that is safe, adaptable and friendly for people of all ages, both for everyday social interaction and for major public events, comparable with world-class spaces of similar scale internationally."

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