Residents fight plans for €4m 'super-pub' on Camden Street
Plans for a new €4m JD Wetherspoon pub and hotel in Dublin's Camden Street face opposition from local residents who have declared that "enough is enough".
Wetherspoon aims to develop the former homeless hostel at Camden Hall in Upper Camden Street as part of its plan to open 30 pubs in Ireland over the next five years.
However, a number of objections have been lodged by local residents against the project, which also proposes a 98- bedroom hotel and will create 100 jobs if it gets the go-ahead.
In one objection, local resident Barry Chambers told the city council that "enough is enough - the area is at tipping point and fast becoming another Temple Bar. Great for revellers and operators but not so good for everyone else".
Mr Chambers urged the planning officer in the case to take a stroll along Camden Street and the lanes off it at pub closing time "to witness the mayhem at first hand".
He pointed out that there are already 14 pubs on the Camden Street and Wexford Street strip plus 13 cafes and restaurants that also serve alcohol.
"Camden Street is more than adequately served for the purchase and consumption of alcohol," said Mr Chambers.
However, consultants for JD Wetherspoon pointed out to the council that the site is vacant and the plan "will deliver a commercial development that will create vibrancy at street level and restore vitality to the surrounding area".
The consultants said closing time will be 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, and "the proposed bar will not be a late-night bar in the traditional sense".
They also said that the impact on local residents will be limited, and added that no music will be played at the venue, which includes a 2,300 square-foot bar.
The site already has planning permission for a hotel.
The Grantham Street Resi- dents' Association has also lodged an objection against the plan, saying that the "unwelcome licensed premises will further erode the character of Camden Street as a vibrant local street".
In another objection, local resident Suzanne Willoughby told the council: "I strongly object to the creation of a super-pub and its associated beer garden, which will result in an increase of anti-social behaviour and noise pollution".
Objectors Ruadhri O'Connor and Siobhan McBean told the council that the pub and hotel "will create unacceptable levels of noise and night-time disturbance for residents of Grantham Place".
Consultants acting for local property owner Peter O'Reilly said the proposed bar/restaurant is excessive, is a super-pub and that the location of a super-pub and beer garden in an urban residential community is not acceptable.
They said the project would injure the vitality of the area and contravenes the City Council Development Plan.
A decision is due on the application next month.