Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Residents to meet over Crescent plan Concern over traffic caused by Marks & Spencer outlet
RESIDENTS in the Dooradoyle/Raheen area are to hold a meeting within the next two weeks to formally decide whether they will lodge an objection to the proposed multi-million euro expansion at the Crescent shopping Centre.
Separate planning applications have been lodged with Limerick County Council for the expansion of the Dooradoyle-based shopping centre to include a Marks & Spencer retail unit, and to revise the traffic layout in the area to accommodate for an anticipated rise in visitors to the centre.
According to members of the Residents’ Alliance Committee, based in Raheen, the proposal to extend the shopping centre is at the expense of basic infrastructure which the area lacks.
“There is no infrastructure out here â€” what is here at the moment simply sucks. The builder always seems to be ahead and the council is just lagging behind,” said committee member Mike Cussen.
An application has been lodged by the Dublin-based company Stapleyside Company Ltd & Derenburg Ltd, for the replacement of the existing roundabout at the junction of St Nessan’s Road and Dooradoyle Road. This would allow for a new cross road junction and additional access to the Crescent Shopping Centre.
The new junction layout and all proposed works are said to tie into the ongoing road improvements to the St Nessan’s Road overbridge and the Limerick Southern Ring Road Phase A new bus stop would also be provided on the Dooradoyle Road, near existing Dooradoyle Mall entrance.
Internal vehicular routes within the Crescent Shopping Centre would also have to be realigned, and 165 car parking spaces would be removed.
Under the plans to expand the shopping centre, nine new retail units have also been proposed. These units would be located along a new retail street between the proposed Marks & Spencer building and the existing Crescent Shopping Centre.
If the planning application is approved, Marks & Spencer would occupy more than 10,000 square metres and would be located to the southeast of the site, opposite the Garryowen entrance.
Its hard to disagree about the lack of infrastructure in this area, the last 10 years have seen huge levels of commercial and residential development which has meant more and more cars on already clogged roads, this policy cant go on for ever! As for the proposed extension to the shopping centre, its looks like the existing Garryowen? entrance will remain untouched with the new retail units being constructed adjacent to it, the new wing also appears to be completely independant from the existing centre. The new multi storey carpark is to be located on an existing surface carpark between this new wing and the omniplex cinema.
The plans for a new signalised junction (see image 3) to replace the existing roundabout appear to show dedicated lanes to partially separate traffic heading to the shopping centre and traffic heading elsewhere.