In relation to the addition of the new objective
SIO33AA To identify suitable andappropriate new locations including off-street in
the city centre for the parking of private or tour operated coaches with a
view to discontinuing the practice of allowing coaches to park in such
places as Mountjoy Square, College Green,Nassau Street, Merrion
Square and Wilson Terrace”, the City Council mustrecognise that tourism is vital to the Dublin economy so any plans to relocatecoach stops or restrict passenger boarding and alighting of tourist coaches mustbe carefully considered and should only be implemented after full consultationwith the business community. It is imperative that private operators accessingthe city centre to collect/ drop off commuters and tourists are able to continue tooffer high levels of frequency and quality services.
Heading 184.108.40.206 Road Capacity Improvements -
Dublin Chamber supports the proposed amendments to policy SI17 to read: “It isthe policy of Dublin City Council: SI17 To support the provision of a link betweennorth Dublin Port and the Southern
Cross/South Eastern Motorway via an easternbypass of the City, in
conjunction and co-operation with other transport bodies,the National Roads
Authority and local authorities. The preferred method is bymeans of a bored
tunnel and the preferred route is under Sandymount andMerrion Strand and
Booterstown Marsh. However, the route and detailed designof the link road will
be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment and allstatutory
requirements, including a public consultation process, by the relevant
authorities. An Appropriate Assessment of the proposed project for the entire
route is also required in accordance with the Habitats Directive.”
Dublin Chamber welcomes the proposal to “amend Figures 5 & 8 to show routesto and from Croke Park and Lansdowne Road Stadium to the city centre as MajorStrategic Pedestrian Routes.” and to amend Figure 2 & 7 to indicate the fullextent of Transport 21 public transportation proposals in addition to existingroutes and to provide greater clarity and legibility where possible.
Heading 5.2.2 Challenges -
Dublin Chamber welcomes the amendment of this section to read “The DublinRegion Water Supply Project is in progress to identify a new water supply sourceto avoid shortages of drinking water in the future. The city needs to developsignificant additional capacity for storing treated water to alleviate the risks of water shortages occurring in the event of extreme weather or other mishap.”
Heading 9.4.1 General –
Dublin Chamber welcomes the additions made to policy RE2 and RE10 thatacknowledge the importance of improving the business environment so thatexisting jobs are supported and employment generated, and also making the citymore attractive/vibrant for residents, shoppers, visitors and workers. However,Dublin Chamber is disappointed that this has not been the central thrust of thePlan as a whole.
Heading 9.4.5 Office / Commercial / Employment Space -
Dublin Chamber welcomes the additions made to policy RE20 which recognized theimportance of redeveloping obsolete office stock in the city: “It is the policy of