Belfast Telegraph

Parks designated as quiet areas

Eight parks around Dublin have been officially designated as quiet areas.

Noise levels are to be restricted in the public spaces to ensure they remain a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Officials will also monitor any encroaching sounds from road traffic, trains, aircraft and construction at the locations.

The Blessington Basin at Blessington Street and the Cabbage Gardens, at Cathedral Lane are the only two parks in central Dublin designated as quiet areas.

Others around the city include both Edenmore Park and St Anne's Park in Raheny, Mount Bernard Park in Phibsborough, Dollymount Strand, Palmerston Park in Rathmines and Ranelagh Gardens.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan approved the parks for protection against increased levels of environmental noise after a request from Dublin City Council.

"Noise is an unwanted disturbance that negatively impacts on quality of life and may have a detrimental effect on peoples' health and well-being," he said.

"For this reason it is important that our green spaces and sea frontage are preserved and safeguarded from environmental noise."

Michael Philips, director of traffic at Dublin City Council, said it was part of a plan to protect quiet areas rather than take "difficult and expensive" measures to deal with noisy areas.

According to the council's own report, nearly a quarter of Dubliners (23.5%) have to live with night-time noise levels which are classed as undesirable.

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