Next Tuesday, local Councillors will be asked to agree on a way forward to implement Greening Stoneybatter, the City Council’s strategy for an enhanced and greener public realm.
Officials from the Parks Department have submitted the following proposals for the consideration of Councillors. As Chair of the Council’s Planning & Urban Form Strategic Policy Committee, I am determined to ensure the Greening Strategy is delivered but in a way that secures community support for all the initiatives that have been drawn up.
Before Christmas, it is planned that Communication and Wayfaring Murals will be painted at Viking Place and the Aughrim Street Scouts Hall to better communicate the greening strategy themes.
Funding has been made available for a programme of tree planting to take place in 2021.
Officials report that:
“Local consultation is ongoing to finalize agreed layouts.
Next steps are to present the plans to local residents for review. Once a general consensus is agreed and following a final Autotracking study and safety audits, a tender for the works will be prepared. It is our intention that these works are complete next year with up to thirty trees planted across the project
Viking Place: 1 tree
Harold Road: 8 – 10 trees staggered along the street
Carnew Street: 6 – 8 trees staggered along the street.
Ostman Place: 8 -10 trees staggered along the street.
Other initiatives that will be examined and feasibility studies prepared include:
TEMPORARY POCKET PARK
Feasibility study to explore potential of new pocket park on Halliday Road – propose to test closing the east-west road to traffic between junctions. North south access will be retained.
IMPROVEMENT TO EXISTING PARKS
Halliday square and Thor Place – removal of dense hedging to replace with species to improve biodiversity.
Commence feasibility study and engagement with residents on schemes for:
- Montpelier Hill
- The green space of Drumalee edging Aughrim Street and North Circular Road.
Subject to additional funding in 2021, other works could be considered in addition to the above.
In advance of Tuesday’s meeting, I’d welcome your thoughts and feedback. Indeed, if you have any questions or queries that you’d like me to put to officials, please email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com with the Subject line ‘Greening Stoneybatter query’.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee