Re: Re: college green/ o’connell street plaza and pedestrians
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From todays Info…..
STARBUCKS’ plans to increase its planned coffee shop outlets in Ireland have run into difficulties, amid claims the company’s presence would “dumb down” an historic part of Dublin.
The US chain will open its first coffee shop in the country in the Dundrum Town Centre today, but planning objections have delayed its flagship outlet, on Dublin’s College Green.
One objector to An Bord Pleanala has protested that granting planning permission would “dumb down” an historic part of the city; that allowing a coffee shop to open would run contrary to plans for a site that had been earmarked for a high quality restaurant, supposed to bring some class back to the area.
Paul Duffy, from Donnycarney, said he has no axe to grind with Starbucks, but added: “May they continue to grow and thrive and dominate the world as they are doing, but let them do so on the side streets away from our most important and historic buildings.”
He suggested Starbucks could relocate to Temple Bar “where the coffee might have a sobering effect on the drunks”.
Starbucks has more than 9,500 coffee shops worldwide, serving some 33m customers a week. The Seattle-based chain already has a small outlet in Dublin City University, but the Dundrum shop will be its first in the Republic to open to the general public.
Dublin City Council granted planning permission earlier this year to Treasury CMBS, owner of the College Green premises, to change the use of its Riada Building from a restaurant to a coffee shop, but that has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala, with a decision due in October.
Another objector, Magdalena Gendek, from Drumcondra, protested that a Starbucks coffee shop would further erode the civic fabric of the urban centre, increase litter and it goes against the council’s policy of trying to control the spread of heavy corporate branding.
She said: “A restaurant of high quality such as Shanahans would be appropriate for the area, however a Starbucks multinational coffee shop chain store is an entirely different use.”
I thoroughly agree! This is a prime spot….or would be in any other city. However if Starbucks get in you will be able to get your latte to go just befre you hassle a taxi driver to whisk you away from the sight of all those ugly Georgian piles….