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Monday 23 October 2017

€30k 'wasted' on bus gate report

A COUNCILLOR has accused Dublin City Council (DCC) of wasting nearly €30,000 on a consultant's report about the College Green bus gate.

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) were hired to assess the economic impact of the bus gate on business, but in August they published a report which said they could not quantify the economic impact because they were unable to acquire information on retail sales.

Cllr Nial Ring (Ind) claims the services of consultants were unnecessary, since the figures could easily have been acquired by the council from Dublin City Business Association (DCBA).

He told the Herald: "It's a waste of money. They said in the report that they were unable to come to specific conclusions on the economic impact of the bus gate because they weren't able to get data.

"But my question is, the DCBA sent in a report outlining the economic impact of it, why did DCC have to go to an outside association to get it?

"We didn't have to commission a report to find out what the dogs on the street already knew."

A council spokesperson said that the report was ordered by councillors.

The report concluded that there had been "a discernible impact" on a number of businesses situated near the bus corridor since its introduction.

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