Are Temple Bar’s cobbles doomed?

TEMPLE BAR is set to lose its famous cobblestones as part of a “major decluttering exercise” by the council.

The popular tourist spot will undergo a redevelopment that will see some of the iconic cobbled streets resurfaced in order to improve accessibility and also to make the space more suitable for cultural events.

The proposals include the removal of the existing street furniture, trees, licensed outdoor seating terraces and replacement with new street furniture, new tree planting, seating and public lighting.

The council also want to improve the tourist destination’s accessibility by removing the likes of excess bins, pub barrels, sandwich boards and street lights.

The square is to be extended as a single surface across the adjoining streets of Temple Bar, Crown Alley and Fownes Street to the adjoining buildings.

It is also proposed to fully pedestrianise Temple Bar Square and Crown Alley and exclude regular vehicular traffic from these areas.

According to Dublin City Council, the measures taken will lead to a significant improvement in accessibility to the project area and support the principle of universal access for all.

The plans have been welcomed by the Temple Bar Company who have been working on getting such changes implemented for several years.

Its chief executive Martin Harte said the plans are “fantastic” and that the company is “100% in support”.

Speaking to The Gazette, he said: “The plan initially came from our company in 2011. We did surveys and submitted them to the council three years ago, so this design that is now in place is based on that work. It’s a fantastic scheme and we’re delighted that it’s going to go ahead.”

He said that the area is currently “less than attractive and hard to navigate” but that the plans will now provide “a civic space, not a commercial one”.

He added: “Temple Bar doesn’t have a place where you can come in and sit down and relax and watch the world go by. That’s what we’ve been looking for – to make it a calmer and nicer space.”

The public are invited to have their say at consultation.dublincity.ie/parks/temple-bar-square/.

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