Living Streets Blackrock Village

Closed 10 Jun 2023

Opened 28 Apr 2023

Feedback updated 2 Jul 2024

We asked

DLR invited submissions to the Living Streets Blackrock Village, a public realm improvement project which aims to enhance the attractiveness, liveability, connectivity and economic vibrancy of Blackrock Village. Building on the temporary measures implemented during the COVID restrictions of summer 2020 on Blackrock Main Street, the plan will move the village from a temporary layout to a high-quality permanent design.  

You said

There was a total of 509 submissions received within the statutory consultation period. These comprised of 456 submissions through Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Citizen Space Hub and 53 written submissions by email/letter. 

We did

DLR has reviewed all the feedback and comments received. The Chief Executive’s Report on the Public Consultation was brought to the Elected Members.  The report and its recommendations were agreed upon by the Elected Members at the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Meeting on July 3rd 2023. The Chief Executive’s Report on the Public Consultation is available to read below.  The designers will incorporate some minor improvements suggested in the submissions to the scheme in the detailed design. 

Results updated 2 Jul 2024



Living Streets Blackrock Village is a public realm improvement project which aims to enhance the attractiveness, liveability, connectivity and economic vibrancy of Blackrock Village. Building on the temporary measures implemented during the COVID restrictions of summer 2020 on Blackrock Main Street, the plan will move the village from a temporary layout to a high-quality permanent design. The scheme is informed by consultation with local representative businesses and resident groups and independent evaluation of the temporary measures by TU Dublin. It is also consistent with the Blackrock Local Area Plan (LAP) developed in 2015, which was informed by extensive public consultation. 

The scheme will replace existing finishes with high-quality permanent materials to create a consistent look and feel for the village. This landscape upgrade will provide better seating, footpaths and planting. The scheme will make it easier and safer to walk and cycle to and within the village with extended pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and enhanced connectivity between Blackrock Main Street, the seafront and its surrounding areas. It complements specific objectives in the Blackrock LAP in relation to future public realm improvements on the seafront.

The existing Main Street public realm measures, introduced in 2020, include the one-way traffic system, contraflow cycle lane, wider pavements, seating and planters. These measures were developed in response to proposals from local groups including Blackrock Business Network (BBN) and Blackrock Village Rejuvenation Action Group (BVRAG). Subsequent surveys have shown high levels of support for these temporary measures, with a significant majority of local residents expressing a wish to make these changes permanent. A majority of local businesses have also expressed support for the measures, with some seeking certain design improvements. Dún Laoghaire County Council has engaged with businesses and community groups within the village to create a scheme that best reflects their needs and aspirations, particularly exploring details concerning the design and location of planting and seating features, loading bays, bike racks, car parking spaces and traffic flow.

Summary of key elements of the scheme:


Better landscaping, planting and seating throughout the town to create a safe, accessible and attractive environment and to maintain the economic vibrancy of the town.


  • New finish for an existing bike lane in the village.
  • Contra-flow bike lane outside the library to connect with the existing bike lane on Maretimo Villas. This will create an uninterrupted bike lane between Blackrock Village and the Coastal Mobility Route.


Accessible urban environment improved pedestrian crossings, traffic calming, increased footpath widths and quality.


Better connections with the seafront, and connected bike lanes.


Increase in disabled parking spaces (+1), the number of loading bays remains the same, with minimal impact on car parking spaces (82 currently, 77 proposed for this scheme).


Please scroll to the end of the page to view the reports, drawings and photomontages related to this scheme.  

Why your views matter

The Council are seeking views from the public to help inform the scheme design. A public consultation is being held on the scheme from 28th April to 10th June 2023.

Submissions and observations can be made via e-mail to or by logging onto Public Consultation Hub. 

Observations should be clearly marked ‘Living Streets Blackrock Village’

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 10th June 2023.

We have upcoming informational sessions: 

1. Blackrock Library, Tuesday 16th May, 5-8 pm

 2. Information Webinar: Tuesday 23rd May, 7 pm

Please register in advance for this webinar:



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