A new Carrollâ€™s Irish Gift Store on Suffolk Street (within the Grafton Street ACA) is using 10,000 megawatts of light to announce itself. You would think that the adjoining restaurants in this picture are closed for business, but they are open.
But you see it's their new flagship
store. Ah fine then, use as much light as you like ...
The Scheme of Special Planning Control for Grafton Street states:
- Illumination of the shopfront should be discreet, either by concealed tubing where the fascia details permit or by rear illumination of the original mletters
- The colouring and intensity of illumination shall be complementary to the overall shopfront design and architectural context'
Speaking of Carrollâ€™s, the Guinness shop on Westmoreland Street â€“ which is really just another Carrollâ€™s in disguise â€“ has applied to replace its unauthorised shopfront with a permanent one: Ref. 5017/07
. The council have requested additional information on it, though with the state of shops along here, I canâ€™t imagine theyâ€™re in any hurry to respond â€¦
As GrahamH covered elsewhere, a Supermacâ€™s opened on Westmoreland Street in late 2007 where Barnies CafÃ© had been, and Beshoff's before that. This is a very dark development. Under the Oâ€™Connell Street plan, the fast food restaurants were supposed to be decreasing in number, not increasing.
Itâ€™s with DCC planning enforcement at the moment. The issue is to determine whether or not a new fast food restaurant at this address is exempted development. While the Beshoff's fish restaurant that had operated there for many years was technically a fast food restaurant (suggesting a new fast food would not require CoU permission) it had ceased business since circa 2004, so a new fast food restaurant is likely subject to the Oâ€™Connell Street Special Planning Control Scheme which said that there are â€˜no locations in the area of Area of Special Planning Control that are considered suitable for additional fast food outletsâ€™.
This stretch of Westmoreland Street, between the quays & Fleet Street, is now I think worse than the infamous Oâ€™Connell Street burger strip. Just look at the uses, starting at the quay end:
CONVENIENCE STORE/OFF LICENSE â€“ double-front Londis, beer stacked in the windows
PADDYWHACKERY â€“ double-front Carrollâ€™s
PHARMACY â€“ shock normal use!
FAST FOOD â€“ Abrakebabra
PADDYWHACKERY â€“ with unauthorised Guinness shopfront
FAST FOOD â€“ new Supermacâ€™s
ACCESSORIES SHOP â€“ or something. Does anyone know what Claireâ€™s actually sells?
VACANT â€“ double front of legendary Dublin cafÃ© lying waste; though DCC have just granted permission for it to be turned into a shop
PUBLIC HOUSE â€“ the only part of the former Bewleyâ€™s concern to have survived
NEWSAGENT/PADDYWHACKERY â€“ Colemanâ€™s newsagent, more than half of which is given over to paddywhackery
To cap it off, I suggest the pharmacy is turned into a Paddy Powers!