— Around 3,900 people responded to the consultation.
Members of the public have overwhelmingly asked Dublin City Council to expand the College Green Plaza across Dame Street as far west as its junction with South George’s Street.
Dublin City Council said: “Thanks to the 3,900 people who took part in the College Green consultation! 96% of online submissions (3581) were in favour of Option 4.”
The council added: “We also received some written submissions from businesses and groups. All will be used to inform the next stage of the project.”
Cllr Cat O’ Driscoll (Soc Dems) said: “Great to see such strong support for a pedestrianised College Green. More car free areas will open up space for markets, performances, outdoor dining and community events. Excited to see where this project goes.”
Cllr Carolyn Moore (Green Party) said: “The people have spoken! Almost 4,000 submissions to the College Green public consultation and 96% of them supported the most people-friendly option with the maximum amount of pedestrianisation.”
Cllr Janet Horner (Green Party) said: “Woohoo! A huge mandate from Dubliners for a city plaza at College Green and a greener, more open walking and cycling city for the future!! Looking forward to progressing this!”
As well as option 4 which expands the plaza as far as George’s Street, 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.
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 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.