Thursday 27 October 2016

Pop up seats to be used in city streets instead of car parking

Pop-up seating
Pop-up seating

Dubliners can now enjoy their favourite hot drink in the comfort of a pop-up seating area that used to be used for parking.

Pedestrians in South William Street have been able to park themselves on the rustic wooden seats created by Dublin City Council's joinery workshop.

The benches are being tried out under the council's Beta Project.

Architect and organiser Shane Waring told the Herald the idea is to help businesses make the most of their spaces.

"Instead of getting a licence for the pavement where they would put tables and chairs, which could be quite narrow, they can get a licence for the parking space," he said.

The seating project is currently on a three-month trial period during which the council will assess the effect on the surrounding area.

"We will need to consider if there are any issues with the seating or what suggestions people make about it," said Mr Waring.

Motorists might raise objections to the scheme as it reduces the number of parking spots, fox instance.


"That's something that's part of the debate and what this trial is all about," said Mr Waring. "We need people to get involved in talking about this.

"There are more than 2,000 parking spaces within 200 metres of the South William Street location.

"Over the next few months we will need to determine whether it impacts on the parking provisions in that particular area."

By the end of August the wooden bench will be removed and a report written up determining its impact on the area.

Following this, another pop-up seating plan will appear elsewhere in the city

Even if the trial receives full public support, the bench will not remain in its current position long-term.

"It has been built in a way that it can be taken down within 24 hours so it mightn't be good enough to last indefinitely," said Mr Waring.

The Beta Project is a collection of initiatives that aims to help Dubliners make their city better.

Other projects have included the painting of traffic light boxes across the city and using collected rainwater to grow plants.

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