Central Area Committee December

 

Questions to City Manager                                      
        Meeting 13th December 2011

 

Q48      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager ,In relation to the signage on the new Tesco store in Dunard ,can the Manager confirm whether Tesco were granted compliance for the installation of external signage on their new store in Dunard, Dublin 7 (Ref: PL 29N.235733 Condition 5)? If so, did the actual signage erected meet the granted criteria? What is the current status of the enforcement investigation into the signage?

            Reply:

A Planning Enforcement  inspection carried out on 25 November 2011 revealed that the sign, the source of the complaint, had been removed.

 

Q49      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager Can the Manager ensure that the owners of 126 East Wall Road (the former Leslie Reynolds premises) clean the front of the premises as it is very untidy and is adjacent to St. Josephs School? Also, the rear of an unsightly advertising hoarding on this site overlooks the schools front yard and is and needs to be improved to avoid detracting from the appearance of the school. 

            Reply:
           
The Litter Warden Service is in contact with the receiver with regard to this site.  The receiver has undertaken to ensure other sites within his remit are maintained and we expect that this site will be similarly maintained.  This will be monitored by the Litter Warden Service.

We are in contact with the owner of the advertising structure on this site to ascertain whether anything can be done to improve the appearance of the sign.

 

Q50      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager Can the Manager organise the relocation of the public bin at the bus stop beside 142 Navan Road? The bin had been removed during the visit of Elizabeth Royal and reinstated in the incorrect location to the left of the bus stop. It is allowing people to use it as a step to climb over the fence. It is also potentially a fire hazard because if set on fire the wooden fence would be at risk.

            Reply:

 

Waste Management Services relocated the litter bin to the correct position at the bus stop beside 142 Navan Road on the 5th December 2011.

 

 

Q51      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager In relation to the continued use of East Wall Rd (from Alfie Byrne Rd to North Strand section) by HGV traffic , despite the ban- can the Manager provide details of effective measures that will be undertaken to prevent this. Can the manager state whether the detailed proposals provided by the Parkside Residents, North Strand to address the issues will be implemented
            Reply:

Regulatory signage is in place on the approaches to the western end of East Wall Road to advise motorists that vehicles over 3 tonne are not permitted to use the road.

Traffic Management and Control are of the view that this signage is more than adequate.  On the western approach on Poplar Row there are two signs advising of 3 tonne limit and at junction with North Strand Road / Annesley Bridge there are two further signs. Approaching from Fairview drivers are also advised in advance of junction of 3 tonne limit  on East Wall Road .On the approach from Dublin Port an advance directional sign directs HGV’s to Alfie Byrne Road while at and beside existing sign gantry there are three number 3 tonne limit signs. More than adequate signage is in place to advice drivers of large vehicles of the restriction and the provision of additional signage will not make any significant difference to the number of drivers ignoring the restriction. Notwithstanding the above Traffic Management and Control will review signage to see if any modifications are required which comply with Traffic Signs Manual

 

Dublin City Council does not have any powers with respect to enforcing this restriction this is a matter controlled by An Garda Síochána. Dublin City Council has requested that the Irish Road Hauliers Association remind their members to use Alfie Byrne Road as an access route to Dublin Port when drivers are diverting due to tunnel closures and that a section of East Wall Road has  a 3 tonne limit. We have also contacted both Local and Regional Traffic Gardai to advise them of our concerns of vehicles using East Wall Road when tunnel closures are in operation.

Finally we have requested the NRA to use their VMS system to direct traffic to Dublin Port via Alfie Byrne Road when tunnel closures are in place.

 

Q52      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager In relation to the Sean McDermott Street swimming pool, can the Manager provide detailed replies to the following questions?

  • What is the estimated cost of the repair of the balcony in the pool and what is the estimated timeframe for carrying out these repairs.

 

  • What is the estimated cost of the total repairs to the pool?
  • When will the engineer’s report be released detailing the works required?

 

  • What is the estimated cost breakdown for each pool from the allocated €600,000?
  • What publicity campaign has been undertaken to date to promote the Sean McDermott Street pool and what are the plans for 2012 (Special Offers, Publicity etc)

 

  • Are Community Development staff organising activities/using the pool
  • List all groups/schools currently booking the Sean McDermott Street pool and what hours are currently available for hire

 

Reply:

  • The estimated cost of repairs to the balcony area is €40,000. As there is no agreement on what repairs / refurbishment will be carried out there is no timeline at present. Please see point 3.
  • The estimated total cost of the works listed for Sean McDermott Street swimming pool is €428,000.

 

  • These reports will be made available to the Culture Recreation & Amenity SPC Swimming Pools sub group at the meeting on the 15th December at 12.30 in City hall.

 

  • The meeting on the 15th December is to assist with the process of deciding the allocation for each pool.
  • During 2011 the following actions took place:

 

    • The open and available hours during the Summer season were updated every week on the City Council website.
    • The details of the swimming pool and availability are advertised on the City Council website.
    • All user groups were contacted to make them aware of the available hours and the public hours.
    • A large banner was displayed on the facade of the swimming pool building advertising the opening hours.
    • Any user group that agreed had their details put on the City Council website to allow members of the public contact them directly to join their group and use the swimming pool.
    • An Advisory User group was established.
    •  No special offers were advertised as the cost of using the swimming pool is already extremely low.
    • There are no additional plans in place for 2012 at this time.

 

  • Two of the hours are currently booked by / through Sports Development Officers.
  • Please see list of schools/clubs below who are currently using Sean McDermott Street Swimming Pool. The groups marked * are the ones run by DCC staff. There are currently two hours available for hire, they are Monday 4-5pm and Wednesday 1-2pm.

 

  • O’CONNELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • RUTLAND STREET SCHOOL
  • ST. LAURENCE O’TOOLE CBS
  • ST. LAURENCE O’TOOLE GNS
  • THE LIFE CENTRE
  • NEIGHBOURHOOD YOUTH PROJECT
  • EAST WALL SWIMMING & CANOE CLUB
  • ST. VINCENTS BOYS SCHOOL
  • AFTER SCHOOLS EDUCATION & SUPPORT PROGRAMME
  • SOS AQUA JUNIOR SWIM
  • IRISH WATER SAFETY ASSOCIATION
  • *AQUA AEROBICS
  • YOUTH REACH TRANSITION CENTRE
  • HOLY CHILD PRE-SCHOOL
  • CENTRAL MODEL INFANTS SCHOOL
  • CENTRAL MODEL SENIOR SCHOOL
  • SENIOR CITIZENS HOUR
  • LOURDES YOUTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES LTD
  • GARDINER STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ST VINCENTS GNS
  • COMMUNITY AFTER SCHOOL PROJECT
  • BALLYBOUGH YOUTH PROJECT
  • *LJ MCGINLEY
  • UCD CANOE CLUB
  • ADVENTURE SPORTS PROJECT
  • SEA URCHINS JUNIOR SNORKELLING

 

 

Q53      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager In relation to the new bus lane on North Wall Quay can the Manager answer the following questions (Photo attached)?

What is the purpose of the new bus lane and what bus routes will be affected?

What local community consultation was undertaken?
Why is a bike lane required on the opposite side of the road when there is already a bike route

 

Reply:
The purpose of the bus lane is to provide priority to public transport and reduce delays to buses caused by congestion.  North Wall Environmental Improvement and Bus Priority Scheme will also improve pedestrian crossing facilities and cycle facilities.  During the morning peak hour 27 buses use the route while 24 use it during the evening peak hour.  Buses currently using the Port Tunnel will benefit from the opening of the bus lane.  Currently Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, Swords Express and other private buses operate along the route.
Details of the scheme were presented to the Central Area Committee at its meeting on the 13th May 2008.
Scheme has been designed to provide east bound cycle facilities on northern side of carriageway and west bound on the southern side.  Cycle lane on campshire is not designed for eastbound facilities.

 

Q54      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager Has Tesco supplied the required written Mobility Management Strategy in relation to the new store in Dunard?
Reply:

            Mobility Management Strategy was submitted on 28th February 2011 in relation to condition no.11 of grant of planning permission and letter of compliance issued by the planning authority on same issued on 13th April 2011.

 

Q55      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager Can the Manager provide a comprehensive update on the drainage issues at 23 St. Jarlath Road as per my Question (Q.61) to the October Area Committee meeting? There has been approximately one call out per week over the last three months.

Reply:

The Area Maintenance Officer, in conjunction with the Housing Maintenance Jetting Unit attended this property and found the drains to be clear of obstructions.  However, further investigation found excessive deposits of domestic grease and baby wipes in the system.  This is a persistent problem when the drains are not used in the manner for which they were intended.  The drains have been cleared and Dublin City Council will issue a letter to all residents in the area as to the proper use of the sewage system.

 

Q65      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager Can the Manager resolve the water lodging issue within the cul de sac between 17 and 55 St. Jarlath Road? The problem has increased significantly since work was carried out to reinstate the footpath/roadway following the installation of a new water supply to two residences.

Reply:
The cul-de-sac between 17-55 St. Jarlath’s Road does not have any gullies installed at present.  Recent re-instatements on the cul-de-sac have prevented some rainwater from running off onto the main road, causing ponding.
A number of re-instatements were carried out at this location and Roads Maintenance will re-inspect the area to see how the road drains during rain.