Louth County Council Overview of Outdoor Dining and Infrastructure Plans and Progress
28th May 2021 : Louth County Council was delighted to receive grant funding of €585,000 in 2020 from the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the Outdoor Infrastructure Fund 2020. This provided for the creation of outdoor dining facilities by way of provision of Parklets, Parasols, Picnic tables, and planters.
Due to the success of the scheme nationally in 2020, the NTA launched another scheme for 2021. Louth County Council again submitted application and was again successful and has now been advised of further funding of € 545,000 for 2021. A range of measures will be completed in the main towns of Drogheda, Dundalk, Ardee aswell as our county towns.
The €545,000 funds allocated to Louth in 2021 is to be distributed as follows:
|Pedestrian Friendly initiative: Narrow West St., DROGHEDA||It is proposed to install a row of planters to create a fended off area between pedestrians and cars thereby creating a safer walking space for people. It will also bring greenery to the otherwise hard streetscape. It is intended to fill planters with trees/shrubs/flowering plants; and erect 5 No steel powder coated picnic tables and 5 No parasols in blue.||€80,000|
|Drogheda Laurence St||Similar to the Narrow West St. project a row of proposed planters will be installed at Laurences St to create a fended off area between pedestrians and cars thereby creating a safer walking space for people. Two steel powder coated picnic tables and two parasols in blue will be installed.||€20,000|
|Parklets in 10 locations throughout Louth||Outdoor seating platforms located in parking bays outside hospitality premises||€100,000|
|Outdoor Dining with Parasols at James St., and other locations with 2 picnic tables at each||(1) Industrial Parasols (€5k ea incls base); Allows customers to be seated in relaxing areas while maintaining 2m socially distance. (2) Powder coated steel picnic table at each, parasol to be provided||€105,000|
|Outdoor Dining area in Pedestrian St of Carlingford||(1) Industrial Parasols (€5k ea incls base); Allows customers to be seated in relaxing areas while maintaining 2m socially distance. (2) Powder coated steel picnic table at each, parasol to be provided||€70,000|
|To enhance pedestrian area and Outdoor Dining by employing Hydraulic Bollards (6.No) in Earl St Dundalk||Earl St needs enhancement of the pedestrianised area by reinforcing the bollards with hydraulically powered bollards which restrict access except for deliveries an prohibit cars from gaining access at times||€40,000|
|Cycle Stands (20.No) throughout county||Cycle racks at a no. of beaches||€130,000|
Breakdown of Outdoor Infrastructure NTA Fund Spending in 2020
Under the 2020 NTA Outdoor Infrastructure fund €222,000 was allocated to Drogheda. This provided for provision of seven Parklets at Epic Café, North Quay, Coffee Box, Fair Street, Laurence St Traders, Laurence St, Il Forno, West St, Chopped South Quay, Mollies, Peter Street, and Gleesons Bar West St. To facilitate outdoor dining 12 parasols and 24 flower planters were installed in the core Town center of Drogheda. Flexi bollards were used in areas to provide areas for social distancing. A new pedestrian crossing was provided at North quay to improve access to the North Quay and South Quays, Scotch Hall and the D Hotel.
Dundalk Outdoor Infrastructure Fund 2020 - National Transport Authority (NTA) funding €190,000
Under the 202O NTA Outdoor Infrastructure fund €190,000 was allocated to Dundalk.
This provided for ten Parklets at , Ruby’s Tearoom, Francis St, The Copper Kettle, Longwalk, Rock Salt, Earl St, Deli Lites, Clanbrassil St, XXI Ice, Clanbrassil st, Ma Brady’s, Bridge St, The Townhouse, Roden Place and 23 Seats, Crowe St with plans in place for two more to be provided in the town center.
To facilitate outdoor dining 12 parasols and 24 flower planters were installed in the core Town center of Dundalk. Flexi bollards were used in areas to provide areas for social distancing.
The remaining funding was spent countywide and included the provision of Parklets in Ardee, Blackrock, Carlingford and Annaghassan.
Fáilte Ireland Outdoor Dining Scheme 2021
In 2021 Fáilte Ireland launched an Outdoor Dining Enhancement Investment Scheme, to support Local Authorities and hospitality businesses with upgrading and enhancing streets and public spaces and implementing weather-proofing solutions which will facilitate year-round outdoor dining. This was greeted with much delight by Louth County Council who promptly submitted 2 applications for funding for Carlingford and Dundalk.
Fáilte Irelands Outdoor dining scheme 2021 – Application for funding of €119,000 for Earl Street Dundalk
Earl Street, Dundalk has been selected as one of Louth’s applications for funding under Fáilte Irelands Outdoor dining scheme. Earl Street is a widely used pedestrian street in the heart of Dundalk. It is directly adjacent the market square which form the centerpiece of the town centre.
Earl Street in right in the centre of the town and as such has a large number of amenities, eateries and restaurants close by.
Earl Streets location is also a mere 3 minute walk to both the County Museum, the Táin Theatre the Dundalk Tourist office and just around the corner from the Edward de Bruce outdoor urban art feature which was completed at the SEEK festival and received a lot of social media attention (including Irish Embassies abroad) and also featured on RTÉ news.
Dundalk is limited in terms of covered outdoor dining space. Some of the businesses in support of the scheme have no space directly outside their premises and have been looking for an intervention like this for some time.
In good weather both Earl Street and Market Square are well used throughout the day with people gathering drinking coffee, eating lunch and meeting up. This intervention will allow that natural congregation of people to continue in all types of weather.
Should the Council be successful the provision of an outdoor dining area will add a further dimension to the already well used Earl Street area, providing a focus and the opportunity for further dwell time. The proposed intervention is designed and positioned so that the covering could be used for a range of uses including, dining, picnicking, covered market and staging area for music festivals.
The 4 no. tulip parasols are primarily to allow businesses that do not have outdoor space to have an area that they can utilize in order to comply with covid-19 requirements. Tulip-Parasols.pdf (size 264.3 KB)
The intervention is designed so that it can be adaptable and multi-use as noted below. The application is for €119,000. The results of the competition will be announced by Fáilte Ireland end of June / early July.
Dundalk functions as both a great place to visit but also a great place to use as a thriving hub to use as a base to explore the surrounding area.
Application for funding of €118,000 for Carlingford.
Louth County Council has submitted an application to Fáilte Ireland for an outdoor dining area for The Green area in Carlingford. The Green is immediately recognizable on entering Carlingford along the coast from the north or the south. It forms a large public space between the harbor and the historic village core.
The area is very well used throughout the year, when the weather allows. It currently works as a multifunctional and flexible public space. It acts as a meeting place, a space for play, an event space and a place for gatherings. Flexible-Public-Space.pdf (size 218 KB)
Carlingford is a high priority for Louth County Council and as such we have a number of proposals for the betterment of the town. These include securing funding from the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) for the 'Living in Carlingford - Visiting Carlingford, A Strategy for Sustainable Tourism in Carlingford' and working with Fáilte Ireland on the Carlingford Mini Master plan.
One of the primary objectives for the village is to extend the usage further into the shoulder seasons when weather is not as good. The intervention here, will allow a space which is well used during periods of good weather to also be used throughout the year, and lines up clearly with this objective.
Carlingford itself is a very beautiful, well used but also compact village. On bank holiday weekends and over the summer the village naturally becomes very busy. As the village is quite small, many of the businesses in the area do not have much or any external space to serve their customers. Should the Council be successful the ‘Outdoor Dining at the Green’ will add to the dining experiences in Carlingford.Outdoor-Dining-at-the-Green.pdf (size 239 KB)
It is hoped all these initiatives and more will enhance the enjoyment of the residents and visitors to Louth of our beautiful county.