Part 8 application for public realm works to Barrow Street

Below is the report from the Roads & Traffic Planning Department of Dublin City Council on the observations for Barrow St which will be discussed at the South East Area committee on Monday 12th November from 3pm.

The meeting is streamed online and is accessible at: 

http://www.dublincity.public-i.tv/core/

As you can see many of the concerns of residents have been taken on board, including a proposal to not completely cul de sac the street but have it one way from Grand Canal St to Ringsend Rd.

If you have other specific concerns, please let me or my colleagues Cllr Gerry Ashe or Cllr. Maria Parodi know.

PART 8 APPLICATION FOR PROPOSED PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS TO BARROW STREET

 

Notice of Intention to Bring Part 8 Proposal to City Council for Approval

NOTICE
The Roads & Traffic Department would like to notify the South East Area Committee of Dublin City Council’s intention to bring the  to the City Council at its meeting of 3rd December 2012 for approval.

The Part 8 application was on public display for six weeks from Friday 10th August until Monday 24th September. 35 submissions have been received from local residents, management companies and businesses, from GoCar and from Deputy Kevin Humphreys. There was a large degree of overlap in the observations. A full report on the part 8 application including recommendations for amendments will be submitted to the City Council in advance of the December meeting.

For information purposes the main issues arising from consultation and the Roads & Traffic Department’s response to these issues are set out below.

Closure of Barrow Street to Through Traffic

There has been a significant public response to this element of the proposed development with many local residents and workers expressing their objections to the creation of the culde-sacs. They have expressed concern that this measure together with the removal of the no-entry sign to Gordon Street will result in rerouting of vehicular traffic onto Gordon Street and other streets in the vicinity, leading to an increase in traffic on these streets, especially commercial traffic which would have a detrimental impact on residential amenities. Some submissions also questioned the findings of the traffic surveys and requested a fuller assessment of the traffic implications of the proposed scheme on streets and junctions in the wider area.

Response
In response to submissions, Roads and Traffic Department has reviewed the proposal and has suggested a number of amendments to address local concerns. In this respect, it is now proposed to provide a one-way system under the bridge.

It is intended that the roadway north and south of the bridge will be two way, but that only north bound traffic i.e. one way traffic will be permitted under the bridge. This would result in traffic coming from Upper Grand Canal Street being able to travel northwards down Barrow Street all the way to Ringsend Road, but traffic travelling southwards from Ringsend Road terminating at the railway bridge. This is to facilitate the provision of a wider footpath under the bridge where, particularly at peak times, there are high volumes of pedestrian traffic and very narrow footpaths. In this respect, the footpath on the western side would be increased in width to approx 3.5m while the footpath on the eastern side of the road would remain the same width. This will increase the space available for pedestrians coming and going from the DART station. The provision of this one-way system would, critically, remove the requirement to allow traffic divert onto Gordon Street, therefore ensuring that the no-entry sign onto Gordon Street would be retained. This should ensure that there will be no increase in traffic on Gordon Street or any significant increase of traffic on South Lotts Road.

Regarding comments on the Traffic Analysis, a traffic analysis was carried out prior to the Part 8 being lodged which indicated that the level of vehicles that will be displaced on the network, due to the improvements on Barrow Street, will be insignificant. Given that a traffic analysis has already been carried out there is no requirement for a further assessment.

B. Car Parking

Serious concerns were raised in the written submissions regarding the loss of car parking for residents and the commercial uses on the street.

Response
It is acknowledged that the scheme will result in the loss of on-street spaces. In this respect, however, it is important to note that there are currently approximately 80 car parking spaces on Barrow Street and 26 permits issued to residents, even with the loss of c. 25 spaces, there would still appear to be a surplus of car parking spaces to permits. However in deference to local concerns, it is proposed to limit the hours of operation of the loading bay and taxi rank so that the loading bay outside the Spar will only be operational between 7am and 7pm and will then revert to Pay and Display and residential permit parking, The taxi rank will operate between 10am and 7pm and will revert to Pay and Display and residential permit parking outside of these hours.

Some local residents requested the introduction of a 24 hour pay and display scheme. However, Dublin City Council does not operate 24 hour pay and display schemes anywhere in the city. Pay and display schemes run until midnight (12am) and parking is free until 7am. Furthermore, any alterations to the pay and display scheme would require the approval of local residents by ballot. The decision of the majority of respondents would be implemented. The residents of Barrow Street were balloted in May 2011 to alter the times of the pay and display parking on the street. The result of the ballot was 9 in favour and 9 against. It was decided to retain the existing pay and display times (September 2011). As the total number of spaces on Barrow Street is being reduced, Roads and Traffic Department is happy to conduct a new ballot, subject to receiving an official request. There is currently a request from a resident of Barrow Street to reduce the maximum stay time of pay and display spaces from 3 hours to 1 hour.

C. Taxis

Concerns were raised regarding the relocation of the taxi rank and general provisions for taxi parking in general.

Response
Roads and Traffic Department has responded by stating that the issue of taxis illegally parking is an issue for the taxi regulator and An Garda Síochána. However it is proposed to provide 7 designated spaces for taxis on the street. The possibility of providing another location on the surrounding road network is also being actively investigated. It is also important to note that the relocation of the taxi rank will require an alteration to the Bye-Laws, which will be subject to a further public consultation process. This process will take approx 6-8 months and should be completed before any works are done.

D. Hard and Soft Landscaping

A small number of submissions requested that additional trees should be planted on the street as part of any environmental improvement scheme.

Response
As part of the scheme, it is proposed to provide 12 large planters with corten steel facing. These will be planted with species of trees appropriate to the location and will be complementary to the environment. However, due to the location of extensive public utilities and services in the pavements and roadways, it will be necessary for proposed planting to be located above the slab level of the street to reduce the requirement to plant tree bulbs etc. into the road and street ways. Given the restrictions on site, it is probably not possible to plant any additional trees in the roadway.

E. Ownership

A couple of management companies operating on behalf of their members have raised issues regarding site boundaries, ownership and taking in charge.

Response
It is acknowledged that the red line boundary on the Part 8 application includes a section of land on Grand Mill Lane, which is in the ownership of Grand Mill Quay. The red line relates to the area where works are proposed. Dublin City Council does not intend to take this area in charge. It is proposed that a strip of studs can be provided to delineate ownership as is the current situation. Contact will also be made with the owners to ascertain their requirements prior to any works being carried out. There is no change to the access arrangements for the Gasworks Complex.

F. Bicycle Parking

A number of submissions requested the provision of a Dublin Bike Station for Barrow Street.

Response
The City Council is currently reviewing a number of locations for the Dublin Bike Scheme, including Barrow Street.

G. Public/Private Partnership

Some concerns were raised regarding the works being carried out for the benefit of Google employees.

Response
The Part 8 application and works are to be undertaken as a public/private partnership and are intended for the benefit of the general public and all users of the street. The specification of materials will be agreed with the Road Maintenance Department of Dublin City Council to ensure a layout that is not only durable and easy to maintain but also a high quality finish that can be replicated elsewhere throughout the City. It is proposed to select a simple palette of materials that will complement each other, be easily sourced, replaced and maintained will be utilised. The streetscape works will be integrated and complement Barrow Street and ensure a public realm that can be used and enjoyed by everyone.

It is hoped that the successful implementation of this ‘pilot project’ will act as an impetus for other similar projects in the city and set a benchmark for other high quality and sustainable public realm projects.