Frank Byrne pleads for the retention of the trees in College Green as part of the car-free redevelopment proposals. I think Frank is wrong and that the trees seriously diminish the appreciation of one of Dublin’s great vistas.
Not all trees enhance an urban setting. Would St Peter’s Square in Rome be enhanced by the planting of trees? Of course not. I shall be glad to see the back of them in College Green and we can all revel fully in the facades of Grattan’s parliament building and Trinity College. O’Connell Street benefited greatly from reordering its treescape some years back.
The new proposals jointly unveiled today by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Dublin City Council would enforce the restriction [no traffic on College Green] seven days a week and also extend the ban to taxis.
A number of other measures to stop through-city traffic include a ban on private cars on Bachelor’s Walk on the North Quays and a section of the South Quays, possibly George’s Quay.
The plan would create a civic space at College Green and the pedestrianisation of part of St Stephen’s Green North and Suffolk Street at either end of Grafton Street.
Streets like Westmoreland Street would have wider pavements and better cycling lanes.
No traffic would be allowed to turn left from Westmoreland Street onto the quays removing, what the report calls a “major source of conflict between pedestrians and vehicles on this thoroughfare“.
The NYE Dublin Countdown Concert in College Green literally last night hosted by Aidan Power and Michelle McGrath (pic 3) and including performances by Damien Dempsey (pic 4), Riverdance (5), Paul Brady (6), The Coronas (8) and Bressie (9 and 10) in front of thousands of what newspapers call ‘revellers’.