Campaigners have called on members of the public to support option 4 for the College Green and Dame Street plaza.
Back in September, Dublin City Council said that 95% of submissions to date supported option 4 which includes extending the plaza from College Green along Dame Street to its junction with South George’s Street. As of Monday, the council said 1,420 people had responded to the consultation.
The first attempt by the council to apply for permission for the plaza failed. While media reports at the time focused on the impacts to buses as the reason, the previous project was rejected by An Bord Pleanála using a flawed transport report which just as much or more so focused on cars.
Dublin City Council has pointed out that the latest BusConnects plan includes an option to have no buses on the relevant section of Dame Street. Here’s an image from the council’s documents on the plaza proposals:
The other option being considered is option 3 which allows motorists to continue to drive from the Western side of Dame Street as far as Anglesea Street and circle back towards George’s Street via going around the former Central Bank building. Both options will not have buses on the relevant section of Dame Street.
The online public consultation for the renewed project ends today — further images, details and a five question online survey can be found at consultation.dublincity.ie.
Trinity submission on College Green done! We support option 4 with biodiversity where possible. Thanks to all in @DubCityCouncil for proposing what would be a transformative facility for #LiveableDublin pic.twitter.com/Icz54UWoDX— HealthyTrinity (@TCDHealthP) January 15, 2021
The artwork for the renewed project has also been a source of wonderment:
Will do a proper analysis of the plans later, but isn't the artwork for the College Green pedestrianisation plan just brilliant? pic.twitter.com/oxZKTMVLPf— Michael Pidgeon (@Pidge) November 5, 2020
Does anyone know who drew these? A+— Conor Murphy (@_Conor_Murphy) January 15, 2021