Rain needed to clean new city paving
NEW paving stones on the country’s busiest shopping street are suffering from the heatwave.
Installation of the paving began last month but there have already been complaints about its appearance.
The council admitted that “some concerns have been expressed about staining on the new paving stones”, but have vowed to clean it.
A Dublin City Council spokeswoman said rainfall would usually wash away much of the staining but the dry weather had made stains more noticeable.
Dublin City Business Association CEO David Brennan is dismayed with the new paving.
“I was very disappointed when I saw the new paving,” he told the Herald. “It does look very poor.”
“I raised the issue of the ugliness of the new paving with Dublin City Council and they accepted it. But I am glad to be able to tell you that they are going to clean it,” he added.
The council confirmed plans are in place to clean the stains.
“Once the current phase one is fully completed (the section from South King Street to Chatham Street), it is proposed to thoroughly clean the entire area and a sealant will be applied to the stone,”it said.
“This sealant will facilitate the future cleaning of the paving and the removal of stains, gum and dirt. The finished project will be of a very high standard,” they added. The council also said that “use and weathering” will reduce the appearance of stains. Mr Brennan agrees.
“With wear and weathering it will come to a finish in six to seven months,” he said.
He says he is happy that the council is on top of the situation and that the ‘much-needed’ repairs are on schedule.
He thinks the works will bring shoppers back to city centre retailers who have taken “a hammering” in recent years.
The council is installing new Wicklow granite paving on the street to replace the red-brick paving that’s been there for 25 years.
The project, which will also include new public lighting and street furniture, will take nearly 18 months and cost €4m.
“[It] will play a key part in improving Grafton Street as a retail environment and a destination,” the council said.
The improvement works are progressing well and phase two (the section from Nassau Street to Wicklow Street) is due to commence in September,” they added.