Sunday 22 April 2018

Free parking spots face the axe in new plan for the city

The wide-ranging proposals to transform Dublin will include the elimination of free parking
The wide-ranging proposals to transform Dublin will include the elimination of free parking

John Brennan

Dublin City Council (DCC) is proposing to eliminate remaining free parking in the city, as well as hoping to implement more 30kmph zones to protect cyclists in a new draft plan.

These wide-ranging proposals were set out under the Dublin City Development 2016-2022 draft plan, in which DCC hopes for the "creation of vibrant, safe, comfortable and attractive urban places where people want to live, work, meet and enjoy their leisure time".

The draft plan proposes some potentially significant cultural, environmental, residential and commercial changes over the next 25 to 30 years for the city.

It also predicts a substantial rise in the city's population - up nearly 60,000 by 2022 - having knock-on effects on housing.

DCC says a key challenge in the new draft plan is to provide for the housing needs of a growing population. It proposes just under 30,000 new housing units to deal with the rise in population across the city, with 4,217 houses to be built year on year between 2016-22.

DCC has also introduced proposals to extend retail zones from the city centre to the Point Village. But the limited free parking in the city could also be abolished with 30kmh zones being proposed along single-lane, one way streets.

The Liberties is set for a major overhaul as the area has huge potential to establish itself as a digital media centre.

Public amenities have also been prioritised in the draft plan to bring the city's beaches up to Blue Flag standards.

"Clutter" of street furniture, such as lamp-posts, will be audited, with some 20pc targeted for removal. The Poolbeg incinerator is mentioned as being environmentally efficient - having the potential to turn 600,000 tonnes of waste into electricity for up to 80,000 homes - and Dublin Port has been singled out as a "home port" for cruise tourism.

Meanwhile, Ballymun is mentioned in the draft as having the potential to be a "leading arts and cultural hub serving the city and wider region".

The plans act as a shared vision and direction for the future development of the city over the next 25 to 30 years.

Public information sessions will be throughout the city over the next few weeks.

Irish Independent

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