Ringsend Irishtown Village Local Environment Improvement Plan
A Public Workshop was held at Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre on Wednesday, 8th June 2016 at 7pm.
The following presentation was given by Marc Campbell of Mitchell and Associates who were appointed in March 2016 to oversee the compilation of the Local Environment Improvement Plan for Ringsend and Irishtown.
Discussion took place under six focus area headings as follows:
- Library Plaza
- Ringsend Park
- Cycle / Pedestrian Links
- Cambridge Road
- York Street / Pigeon House Road
- Gateway Space
Those in attendance were asked to record their comments and these were collected at the end of the workshop to be incorporated into the plan.
A further workshop will be arranged later in the summer to consolidate proposals.
In the interim any further comments on the presentation can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or South East Area Office, Dublin City Council, Block 2
The Dublin City Development Plan 2011 – 2017, sets the objective (SC09) “to prepare a number of schematic masterplans, Village Improvement Plans (VIPs), or Village Design Statements (VDS) for existing and long-established District Centres (Urban Villages) in conjunction with the relevant Area Committees in so far as priorities and resources permit…”
Arising from Cllr. Flynn’s motion agreed at the South East Area Committee (SEAC) on 8th December 2014 to redesign the Library precinct and environs a brief was provided to the SEAC in November 2015.
It is envisaged that the focus of this LEIP will be on the redesign of the Ringsend Library precinct, but will also extend to encompass the surrounding village area of Ringsend / Irishtown.
Ringsend / Irishtown LEIP Objectives
The objectives of the Local Environment Improvement Plan for Ringsend / Irishtown will be to identify and propose actions around:
Redesign of library precinct area to meet the needs of local businesses, residents and community groups.
Enhancements to the public realm, including condition of footpaths, tree planting, removal of signage clutter, provision of cycle stands, quality street furniture, public lighting enhancements
Good quality streetscapes and streetscapes with potential for shopfront or building enhancements
Opportunities for new or improved pedestrian routes/cycle routes and for traffic calming measures
Enhancements to parks, playgrounds and particular features of interest in the village that contribute to its identity
Opportunities to co-ordinate with other agencies to improve local environment.
The South East Area office will:
1. Oversee and evaluate the public consultation. Appoint landscape consultants to compile the plan.
2. Undertake internal consultation within the City Council to identify current planned works by all Dublin City Council sections and identify known constraints and costs.
3. Design and deliver an engagement process that reaches a broad spectrum of interested parties using participatory techniques. Engagement will be designed to reach (either in person or online) as representative a range of local stakeholders as possible.
4. Prepare a draft LEIP based on matching the priorities of the community with those of the City Council and those actions and initiatives which can be delivered by the local community.
5. Agree overall budget and timescale.
6. Present the draft LEIP to the community for feedback.
7. Following amendment of the draft LEIP, based on feedback received, present the final LEIP to the South East Area Committee for approval.
Consultation commenced in January 2016, beginning with meetings with local business groups and others, followed by an open morning in Ringsend Library on Thursday 28th January 2016. Following tender process Mitchell and Associates were appointed to deliver the Local Environment Improvement Plan in March 2016. Initial internal consultations with relevant Dublin City Council departments and Mitchell and Associates took place during March and April 2016. A draft presentation of the plan was presented at a public workshop was in Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre on the 8th June 2016 to further canvass the views of local residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders. Proposals have been refined by Mitchell and Associates based on comments received at the workshop and subsequently. A series of meetings took place in October and November with works departments and a second and final public workshop was held on 7th December 2016 to present a revised draft plan and take further comments. A draft Local Environment Improvement Plan was put on public display for consultation for a period of 6 weeks from 18th January 2017 until 28th February 2017 and 39 submissions were received.
There is some work to be done now in addressing the issues raised and in re-drafting and finalising the plan. It is hoped to have a new version of the plan prepared by end of April 2017. A presentation of the revised plan will be made to the area councillors, in order to deal with any issues that might be outstanding, prior to placing the finalised report on the agenda of the South East Area Committee for adoption in May or June 2017.