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Glasthule & Sandycove Village Enhancement Update

Thursday, July 2, 2020
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Scheme to enhance the public space available for pedestrians & local businesses

In a further announcement on enhancing the public realm in your county, dlr will be providing additional space for pedestrians and businesses as they support the reopening of Glasthule Village and also to create an environment that is pedal friendly and welcoming to both locals and visitors alike.  We have worked closely with local community and business groups in the Glasthule and Sandycove area and have developed a set of proposals that will provide a safe and people-orientated environment. 

The enhanced space for pedestrians is made possible due to the temporary re-allocation of a small number of car parking spaces. This is being undertaken for the safety and benefit of pedestrians and for local businesses and will allow for additional bike parking and outdoor seating and planting.  Many of these car parking spaces had already been reallocated to facilitate safe physical distancing and queueing outside a number of premises in the village.

Speaking of the announcement Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Cllr Una Power said:

I am delighted to see another scheme in our county where the public, local businesses and the Council we are working together to imagine and create a better space for people to live, work and visit.”

Like with similar schemes we have underway in other parts of the county, we are doing this to facilitate safe physical distancing, to encourage active and sustainable mobility and support local businesses reopening in the village as part of the Councils response to Covid-19. 

Placemaking and providing an attractive public space is at the heart of dlr’s approach, and especially in this village setting, is central to this initiative.  We will be incorporating planters and street furnishings to help make visiting, shopping, spending time or just lingering in Glasthule village and the surrounding Sandycove area a safe and enjoyable experience for all  -  young, old, locals and visitors alike.

The expanded pedestrian zones will offer opportunities for cafes and restaurants to use the public realm whilst ensuring safe physical distancing is adhered to.  The businesses will be able to avail of the Council’s recently-announced special free Covid-10 licence for tables and chairs – more information on that particular initiative can be found here:

We believes that this initiative also presents a significant opportunity for Glasthule and Sandycove to integrate these changes with the work we are undertaking on installing the Coastal Cycle Way and provide an attractive destination or stop-off point for people walking or cycling along the coast.

Works are expected to start in the next two to three weeks.

Points to note include :

  • Vehicular traffic on Glasthule Road will remain two-way and there won’t be any changes to junctions layouts of signals within the village.
  • Public transport will not be adversely impacted by the proposed changes.
  • The net loss of car parking spaces is of the order of 2 to 3 spaces as additional car parking spaces are proposed under this initiative and the loading bays will be of a hybrid nature reverting to standard parking after 11 am.
  • We intend providing a single entry and exit point to the ‘Cowshed’ car park and the single access point has adequate width and capacity to accommodate the movement of vehicular traffic.
  • We will be providing additional bike parking at a number of locations within the village.
  • There may be some disruption while these works are being carried out but we will try to keep this to a minimum for residents, businesses and visitors, and we will be facilitating deliveries to retail premises during the periods when works are being carried out.

This scheme promotes active mobility and supports the local economy and is being supported financially by the NTA and is in line with general Government advice to walk and cycle where possible.  Specifically, these measures are aligned with Government advice under the Interim Advice Note on Covid-19 to the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMURS), which requires local authorities to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic so as to create an ‘environment that is safe and welcoming in support of communities and the reopening of business’.

Works are expected to start in the next two to three weeks. You can view a map of the works area in Related Documents on this webpage page.

We will continue to work closely with the local community and businesses as we go about these works.

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is committed to the enhancement of its public spaces for the benefit of all.