An application for outdoor dining along the public footpath on South Great George’s Street, described as one of Dublin’s busiest footpaths, has been branded as “madness” by campaigners.
The street furniture application was submitted to Dublin City Council by Future Properties Wicklow Ltd, on “behalf of the ground floor tenants of Castle House and Wicklow House”.
The site notice states that the application is for “47 no. tables and 94 no. chairs in a screened area measuring 100.43 metres long and 2.36 metres wide. (Area 115m2).”
Feljin Jose, chairperson of the Dublin Commuter Coalition, a group that advocates for sustainable transport, said: “The owner of this building on George’s Street wants to build an enclosed private dining area 100m long and 2.4m wide on the public footpath. This is one of the busiest footpaths in the city and is not even 3m wide. Dublin City Council has to reject this application.”
He said the thinks that the deadline is this Friday based on assuming the 5 weeks consultation period includes public holidays from when the licence was applied for.
“The private dining areas are proposed on public footpaths outside 7 bars and restaurants on the street (Diwali, I Love You So Much, Boojum, San Lorenzo, Pi, Pitt Bros and The George). The owner says the application is on behalf of the tenants,” he said.
Jose said: “Can you imagine 2.4m outdoor dining areas on these 3-3.5m wide extremely busy footpaths? Madness. Dining areas shouldn’t be approved at the expense of pedestrians. If they’re approved on public spaces in the city centre, the space should come removing space for cars.”
He added: “You would hope Dublin City Council will reject this ridiculous proposal but these two are just around the corner on Dame Street so I wouldn’t be so sure.@