Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is working to support businesses to operate safely and to expand their outdoor dining facilities in advance of an anticipated summer of outdoor dining. Our priority is to implement measures that support businesses, such as cafés and restaurants, to re-open in a manner where everyone can safely enjoy our streets as restrictions are gradually reduced.
Public Realm - Request for Reallocation of Space – Businesses seeking to expand their outdoor seating can make a request for the reallocation of public space via this online form: https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/finance/public-realm-request-for-reallo.... Requests can be made for the Council to assess existing public car parking spaces, squares/plazas, etc. for their suitability for reallocation to outdoor dining areas.
In order to support traders in our Towns and Villages through the Christmas season, the Council created a Covid 19 Seasonal Fund in 2020 to assist business/representative organisations to animate the public realm. A total of just over €125,000 was issued to towns and villages across the county, which helped to light up their streets and bring some seasonal cheer to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown for Christmas.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has produced plans to create a new pedestrian space called Myrtle Square in front of Bloomfield’s Shopping Centre. The public realm works will extend the full length of Convent Lane to the junction with Convent Road.
The project aims to stimulate a vibrant streetscape which will encourage footfall in this location and throughout the town centre. The first phase of the project, the removal and demolition of the existing buildings will be completed by summer 2021. Full details of the project can be accessed here.
As part of its remit to undertake public realm works to increase footfall and economic activity, the Economic Development Unit participated in this year’s Dublin Canvas project under the theme of “Colour in the County”. The project, which also involves Sandyford Business District, saw a total of twenty-five traffic boxes painted at various locations across the County. The reaction to the pieces has been extremely positive, and has brought colour to previously grey, often tagged, traffic boxes.
Details of the boxes which have been painted, along with links to the artists, are available at Dublin Canvas. A further sixteen locations will be painted over the course of summer 2021.