This village just outside Dub Laoghaire always had a reputation for the best of restaurants but I have been told that you need to book many weeks in advance for most of them.
Monkstown Village is an architectural conservation area and has a significant number of attractive (and protected) structures. The development of a traffic management scheme presented an opportunity to develop and enhance the public realm of the village while still achieving the road safety improvements.
In addition to the traffic management elements the plan, completed just before Christmas, had the following objectives:
The pedestrian surfacing around the village will be granite paving (rather than concrete)
Parking bays will be indented and surfaced with cobble sets (similar to those on Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire)
The grass area around the central planting area is being replaced with more hard standing area (paved in granite). This will allow for increased seating as well as opportunities for mini markets, Christmas tree etc.
There will be raised flower beds and tree planting which will be more attractive than a grassed area
The existing carriageway on Monkstown Crescent is being narrowed to 6m (allowing 3m traffic lanes in both directions). This allows for an additional 1.5m to be allocated to the path adjacent to the restaurants
The parking bays are being indented allowing for an increased cross fall (reducing the level difference between the path and road)
Raised flower beds are being provided to provide separation from the road and to provide planting in the area (which is currently all hard materials)
The existing path adjacent to the restaurants is being widened significantly
A crossing point is being added at Avoca which will incorporate seating and planting
The existing overhead cables will be removed and the poles relocated
Street furniture will be rationalised
decorative lighting will be added
Loading bays will be reduced in size resulting in no loss of parking as a result of the new scheme