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Friday 9 December 2016

Parking to return at Dollymount Strand - but only for some

Kite surfer on Dollymount Strand
Kite surfer on Dollymount Strand

A new traffic plan for Dollymount Strand and Bull Island will allow people to drive to the beach - but only if they belong to particular groups.

There was widespread controversy when Dublin City Council banned cars from the popular northside beach last summer.

It subsequently allowed cars on the beach beside the wooden bridge as a temporary measure pending the adoption of a traffic management plan for the island.

A draft plan has now been prepared and is expected to be published next month to allow for public consultation.

Local councillors were recently briefed on the matter by Dublin City Council.

It is understood a three-year programme of works will commence this year.

Under the proposals, people belonging to local windsurfing, kite surfing and bathing groups will be given permits to drive to the beach, a source said.

At the wooden bridge side, a new car park will be built near the golf club. A boardwalk will run from this car park to the beach.

At the causeway (beach) end, the layout of the car parking spaces on the road will be re-designed. Parking for the disabled, a playground, tables and seating will be provided adjacent to the beach and interpretive centre.

Local councillor Sean Haughey said that he welcomed the draft plan, which will be put on display for public consultation.

Outcome

"Local clubs and organisations have been involved in this process to date and this should represent a satisfactory outcome for all beach users.

"The North Bull Island is a magnificent amenity and the proposed programme of investment will ensure that future generations of Dubliners can continue to enjoy this popular beach in a sustainable way," Mr Haughey said. A spokesman for Dublin City Council said a draft plan had been developed which would allow future parking on the main access road to and from the beach with a comprehensive set-down point at the entrance to allow people drop their families off before they park further down along the road.

"We need to get permission from the Parks and Wildlife Service to create these parking spaces because it will obviously affect some of the sand dunes.

"This will, we expect, provide a long-term and sustainable solution to this issue," he said.

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