Central Area Committee

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 8th April 2014

 

 

Q64      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to provide a full breakdown of all unoccupied housing units, including senior citizens, under the remit of Dublin City Council in the Cabra area (including Dunard, McKee Park and Blackhorse Avenue) detailing the following:-

  1. The address of each unit under repair
  2. How long each unit under repair has been in Dublin City Council possession
  3. When they are likely to be ready for letting

 

                Reply:

The following table lists addresses and details of void dwellings in Cabra, Dunard, McKee Park and Blackhorse Avenue area:

 

Address

Date of Vacancy

Number of Bedrooms

Repair Status

Turnaround Timeframe

12D St Finbars Rd

5.5.13

1

Framework Agreement

6-8 Weeks

12A St Finbars Rd

10.11.13

1

Framework Agreement

6-8 Weeks

257 St Attracta’s Rd

28.7.13

2

Framework Agreement

6-8 Weeks

20 Dunard Rd

22.12.13

2

Framework Agreement

6-8 Weeks

52 Clareville Court

21.7.13

1

Framework Agreement

6-8 Weeks

2 The Tallow Village, Ashtown

30.10.13

2

Framework Agreement

6-8 Weeks

18 Dunmanus Court

27.7.13

2

Direct Labour

24 Weeks

32 Dunmanus Court

23.6.13

1

Direct Labour

24 Weeks

13 Dunmanus Court

15.12.13

1

Direct Labour

24 Weeks

41 Rowan Hamilton Court

9.3.14

1

Direct Labour

24 Weeks

2 Clareville Court

18.8.13

1

Direct Labour

24 Weeks

67 Clareville Court

30.6.13

1

Direct Labour

24 Weeks

53 Clareville Court

23.2.14

1

Direct Labour

24 Weeks

5 Dunard Court

19.5.13

1

Direct Labour

24 Weeks

 

Q65      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to have the path at 285 Ratoath Road, Cabra inspected.

 

 

            Reply:

 

Roads Maintenance has inspected the footpath outside no. 279 and no. 285 Ratoath Road, Cabra. Both of these locations will be added to our Works List for repair in accordance with the listed criteria for repair prioritisation.

 

Q66      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to detail the number of fines issued by the Litter Wardens assigned to the Croke Park area during events over the last five years.

            Reply:

 

The main duty carried out by Litter Wardens at Croke Park is the Prevention and Control of Litter.  Litter Wardens inspect Licensed Pemises and Take-Away premises to ensure the outside is clean.  Litter Wardens also inspect persons distributing advertising materials and companies carrying out sampling or marketing to ensure they have in place a valid permit under the Bye-Laws for the Prevention and Control of litter.

As fines relating solely to Croke Park events are not available, in 2013,  1,313 fines were issued in the Central area of which 284 were paid,  115 were successfully appealed.  Prosecutions were initiated against 276 and 41 were convicted in court.

 

Q67      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to detail the legislation requiring a Takeaway to have a ‘grease trap’ on the premises.

            Reply:

 

Prior to the commencement of Dublin City Council’s Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Programme in 2008, Drainage Division maintenance records showed that FOG was a serious problem in areas where there are concentrations of Food Service Establishments (FSE) such as pubs, restaurants, hotels, takeaways, convenience stores, etc.  This is in line with international experience that has identified FOG as a major challenge in managing drainage networks and Wastewater Treatment Plants.

The only sustainable solution to this situation was to restrict and control the amount of FOG entering the Council’s drainage network.  This has been achieved by issuing trade effluent discharge licences in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Acts 1977 and 1990, as amended.  Under this legislation, the sanitary authority is entitled to include in any discharge licence, conditions it deems appropriate.  Experience gained by Dublin City Council over many years, has shown that installation and proper maintenance of grease trapping/removal apparatus to be the most important component in any FOG reduction programme.  Hence the inclusion of the requirement for such equipment in all discharge licences.

 

Q68      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to confirm whether Dublin City Council has records of housing stock in the Central Area where one water supply feeds two houses?  Have Irish Water indicated how they intend to monitor water usage in such a situation?

 

            Reply:

Dublin City Council has limited records for some houses within the Central area where water services are shared. This information was used to assist a survey of these premises in advance of the metering.

It is our understanding that supply to houses is assessed in advance of installation of meter box and meter by Irish Water and therefore any shared supplies would be picked up at that stage.

The issue of whether shared supplies are to be metered is a matter for Irish Water and the query will be directed to them for direct reply.

 

Q69      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to confirm whether Dublin City Council or any of the Voluntary Housing Agencies have any units in Royal Canal Way (Block C) or Rathbourne Drive (Block C)

            Reply:

To date Housing Allocations have not been requested to make any nominations for voluntary accommodation at Royal Canal Way or Rathbourne Drive.

Tuath Housing is currently managing 25 properties in Royal Canal Park under the Rental Accommodation Scheme as follows;

14 Properties in Meridian Court, Royal Canal Park, Ashtown
6 Properties in The Horizon, Royal Canal Park, Ashtown
2 Properties in Watermint Court, Royal Canal Park, Ashtown
1 Property in Compass Court, Royal Canal Park, Ashtown
1 Property in Cassian Court East, Royal Canal Park, Ashtown
1 property in Rathbourne Drive, Royal Canal Park, Ashtown