Greens welcome return of Dublin City Council Beta Projects

Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne today welcomed the news that Dublin City Council Beta Projects is to restart from next month, following pressure to revive the scheme.
Welcoming the announcement, Cllr Byrne said: “The Beta Project is a great resource for Dublin. It provides a really an innovative, creative and collaborative approach to how we provide services in the city. Its explorative approach allows for new ways of making cost effective decisions about how the city functions and also encourages citizen engagement, which we need more of in the city.
“After submitting a series of Council questions and motions, and finally a meeting with the City CEO, I am delighted that he has seen the real value of Beta Projects and has not only agreed to restart the project, but to allocate full time staff to it.
“The Beta Projects was originally funded as part of City Architects and helped to keep important issues moving in times when there was little funding available. We have already seen how Beta Projects has animated the City with the traffic signalling box designs and attractive bike parking.
“However, it was suspended late last year due to resource issues in Dublin City Council. This was disappointing as we are a new development stage in the City and we need this type of creative design more than ever.
“This is really great news for the City and its citizens. I look forward to working with the Beta Projects team on delivering creative, cost effective and innovative solutions to the city’s challenges.”

Further info:

DCC Beta Projects is a live mechanism for trialing, assessing and implementing ways to improve the experience of life in the Capital, using experimental Beta Projects to trial issues that the council is seeking to understand before implementation. Find out more here