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Living Streets Blackrock

High-quality permanent design on the way for Blackrock Village!

Living Streets Blackrock is a DLRCoCo public realm improvement project which aims to enhance the attractiveness, liveability, connectivity and economic vibrancy of Blackrock village.  Building on the temporary measures implemented during the COVID restrictions of summer 2020 on Blackrock Main Street, the project is planning to move the village from a temporary layout to a high-quality permanent design.

What will the Scheme involve?
  • Public Realm Improvements: Better landscaping, planting and seating throughout the town to create a safe, accessible and attractive environment and to maintain the economic vibrancy of the town.
  • Easier To Cycle: New finish for existing bike lane in the village. Contra-flow bike lane passing by the library to connect with existing bike lane on Maretimo Villas and Coastal Mobility Route.
  • Improved Walkability and Accessibility: Accessible urban environment, improved pedestrian crossings, traffic calming, increased footpath widths and quality.

Parking Maintained: Total Village parking spaces, loading bays and disabled parking spaces will remain approximately the same.  Some parking spaces to be relocated from Main Street South to Temple Road and Carysfort Avenue.

New Pocket Park for Village Square

The Village Square area was improved and enhanced nearly 10 years ago and this is now going to get a further makeover.  The existing Square area is to become a bigger more elegant space and more enclosed to encourage people to come and sit.   Some of the slope will be taken out in order to make it a flatter space.  There will also be additional tree planting to add to the existing greenery.

Next steps

  1. Part 8 process – began on 28 April 2023.
  2. Wide ranging information campaign by DLRCoCo

Public Consultation: May – 10 June 2023 • Online survey • Webinars • Pop-ups

Drop-in information session: Blackrock Library, Tuesday 16th May, 5-8pm

What is the Part 8 process?

  1. Where the Council itself is undertaking a development such as the Blackrock scheme there is a set of processes which it needs to undertake in terms of consulting with the public and receiving approval from the elected Council members.  Such processes are set out in Part 8 of regulations made in 2001 under the Planning Acts and thus the term “Part 8” is used as a shorthand description.  The making of the decision on such development proposals is a reserved function of the elected members of Council.The timeline for the Blackrock project is as follows:
    • Week 1:   Formal notice is published – 28 April 2023
    • Week 4:   Public Display for 4 weeks
    • Week 6:   Submissions period must last at least 2 weeks. Following end of

    submissions period Chief Executive prepares report for Council members.   Submission period ends 10 June 2023.

    • Week 14: Assessment of Chief Executive’s Report
    • Week 20: Councillors must make a decision within 6 weeks of the Chief

    Executive’s report.

Submission Period

During the submission period (ends 10 June 2023) we would urge all businesses and residents to constructively engage with the process.  We recognise that different people will have different views on how the project will affect them, and it is important that all viewpoints are heard.  If you have an observation, or observations, to make, it is important that you make them in writing as soon as possible to the Council.  It is only by the active participation of those who live or work in Blackrock that we can arrive at the optimal outcome.  In order to make a submission please click on the button below:

Click here to make a submission

And finally ……

Following consideration of the Chief Executive’s Report, the elected Councillors, by resolution, will vote to:

1.  Carry out the proposed development as recommended in the Report, or

2.  Decide to vary or modify the development, or

3.  Decide not to proceed with the development.

DLRCoCo will then move to respond to the decision of the elected Councillors.

And finally .. finally

New logo for Blackrock Tidy Towns

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Mary Hanafin, launched a new logo for Blackrock Tidy Towns on 28 April 2023.  Together with Tidy Towns’ Chair Cllr Marie Baker, Cllr Hanafin unveiled the attractive new logo in the presence of a gathering of representatives from Blackrock Village Centre, SuperValu Blackrock, BBN, BVRAG, Blackrock Men’s Shed, Granada FC, An Garda Síochána, Tidy Towns volunteers, the litter warden, and local residents’ groups.   We salute the very important work done by Cllr Baker and her team.