We have two initial projects coming up on trial to provide the public with an understanding of the type and scale idea of the dlrBETA project – one is a trial parklet, where public seating and planting has temporarily taken the place of 3 car parking spaces in Sallynoggin. It will provide room for local people to relax there and will assist local businesses and allow patrons to use the seating.
The other is a trial of a new type of bin that is for pizza boxes ONLY – nothing else! Will this assist us with the issue of bulky pizza boxes blocking ordinary bins? We shall see how it goes as we trial it in Blackrock and Dún Laoghaire from May of this year.
We will have a small group of senior staff in the Council who will periodically assess the ideas that come from the public. It will be important to have subject area experts in the Council to give their opinion on the feasibility and ‘trialability’ of any project. We won’t be in a position to trial all the ideas put forward, but we promise to take the ones that we think will work best as a trial.
Speaking of the launch An Cathaoirleach Una Power said:
I am delighted to announce the launch of dlrBETA, which is a new project which will help us to engage with you, the citizens, and get your ideas for small changes that might have a bigger impact on the areas in which we live. Trialling good ideas will give us a chance to see what can make a difference and how we might be able to expand it in the future. If you have a good idea for the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area I would encourage you to submit it to www.dlrbeta.ie
We are looking forward to hearing from the public about their ideas on how we can all work together as we build on public realm improvements across the County.