Dublin City Council have ordered the removal of new signage on the front of a hairdressers in Ringsend, despite community support for the signs to be allowed remain in place.
An enforcement notice was sent to Lynsay’s Hair and Beauty on Bridge Street from the capital, saying that the new signage has to be removed by September 21.
The letter states that the 3m by 1.2m signage was erected without planning permission, meaning it is technically an ‘unauthorised development’ and must be removed.
As reported by Dublin Gazette in June, the local community and the salon themselves both started petitions in an effort to get DCC to allow the signage to stay in place, but the petitions were seemingly unsuccessful.
It is understood that an individual made a complaint to the council about the works, which prompted an investigation into the work undertaken to improve the shopfront.
The salon underwent a number of cosmetic upgrades made to the shop front, including new signage, shutters and a canopy. Plastic brick cladding was also installed to the front of the building due to the wear and tear of the building’s original brickwork.
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From the bottom of our ♥️'s all staff at @lynsayshair_ringsend appreciate all the support we are receiving in relation to the shop front and the ridiculous demands for us to take it down even though reading by the 100's of comments on Facebook the locals feel it is an improvement to the area even as Ringsend pride themselves on a tidy town 🙌 we have a petition in salon now with 150 names already so if your around please drop in to sign. 📝 This shop front was erected in memory of Lynsay so we can continue to have a local hairdressers for the village where people can still come have the crack, share memories and keep the community spirit alive. Thank you again and we are gona fight all the way💪 who's with us 💯 thank you again. #supportlocalbusiness #savelynsaysshopfront #clientappreciation
Ringsend locals also aired their fury with DCC’s decision to force the shop to take down the new works, with many saying that the work done to Lynsays has ‘done nothing but enhance the area’ of Bridge Street.
Orla Murphy said: “Well it’s a sad thing in Ringsend that someone went to the bother of reporting a shopfront that done nothing [sic] but enhance the area it was in will be forced to remove it by order of the courts.
“Ringsend and it’s volunteers winning lots of awards and merits last night for their work in making the place look better and then this happens.”
“Silly stuff putting a local business through a lot of expense over something that has no real effect on those complaining. It’s hard enough keeping businesses open in the area,” said John Dunne.
“The sign on Lynsays adds a touch of charm to Ringsend,” said James Fitzgerald. “It is a crying shame that the sign has to come down. The staff in Lynsays do a great thing to update their shop front, and this is how they are treated… Lynsays, you dome [sic] your very best to improve your shop.”
In a post on Facebook announcing the news, the owners of Lynsay’s said: “[It’s a] sad day here at Lynsays. We have lost our case to keep the new Lynsays sign up over the shop front.
“We would like to thank all of you that signed the petition in the help of keeping it up, we appreciate all of your support.”