Dublin City Council has this week submitted a planning application for proposed public realm improvements for Meath Street.
The project is the latest significant investment by the Council in public space in The Liberties. In recent years the Council has made improvements to streets, public spaces and parks in the area under The Liberties Greening Strategy. The refurbishment of Meath Street will follow the significant investment already made to Thomas Street and Francis Street.
Under the proposals the Council envisages:
- Significantly widened footpaths to provide more generous pedestrian space.
- An improved street design for ease of movement with new crossing points.
- Introducing street trees and soft landscaping, and adding benches.
- Creating space for outdoor seating and potential street markets.
- Increased cycle parking.
- Revising parking and loading arrangements.
- Providing new public lighting for a brighter street.
The application was submitted by Dublin City Council’s South Central Area Office with design work undertaken by Haslam & Co Architects, who partnered with the Council’s Roads Design Division and the Parks, Biodiversity & Landscape Service to develop the scheme.
Speaking on the submission of the Part 8 planning application, Bruce Phillips, Area Manager, said, “there has been a steady improvement in the quality of streetscapes, public spaces and green areas across The Liberties and other areas of the South West Inner City in recent years. Following the completion of the refurbishment of Francis Street, we’re pleased now to turn our attention to Meath Street, the traditional heart of The Liberties and one of the city’s most celebrated streets. The work being proposed will help to revitalise the street and its offer and support a wider range of uses such as outdoor seating and potential street markets. It prioritises pedestrians by creating more generous footpaths and introducing trees and landscaping to the street while maintaining access and servicing for businesses.”
Members of the public are invited to submit their views on the proposals by visiting www.dublincity.ie/consultations.
Submissions may be made until 25th September 2023.
Source: Dublin City Council