Restore the Cowshed Car Park in Glasthule

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The Cowshed car park in Glasthule has approximately 40 spaces and is the most central parking space in the village. It is convenient for doing business in Glasthule. This is particularly important to older people and those with mobility issues who need parking close to chemists, shops etc.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) have recently changed the car park. There was an entrance and an exit. DLRCC have closed the entrance (with three apple trees) and are now sending cars in and out through what was the exit.

Before the recent changes there was a natural flow to the car park layout. It was quick to enter, park, do business in the village and leave. If the carpark was full, drivers could loop around and drive out the exit. It was also an easy way of turning around in the village.

Now, accessing the carpark (especially from Dalkey direction) is tighter. This is causing delays as people going in wait for those exiting the car park. If the car park is full, the driver has to turn around to go back out – especially difficult with a big car or if there is a queue. These extra manoeuvres also have safety implications for pedestrians and other vehicles. The car park is a throughway for pedestrians.

Local traders have reported a fall off in trade. They report that customers are avoiding the village because of the hassle involved in parking and recently increased traffic.

We are calling on DLRCC to unblock the entrance and restore the car park to its original configuration.