Central Area Committee October

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 11th December 2012

 

 

Q58      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to ensure that the yellow box at the Port Tunnel access road on the East Wall Road (opposite St. Josephs co-ed) is restored as soon as possible. It has been obscured during road works.

            Reply:

The repainting of the yellow box at the above location has been referred to the Traffic Officer and will be carried out at the next available opportunity when renewals are scheduled for the above area.

 

Q59      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: The scale of illegal dumping on Merchants Road, East Wall has become intolerable. A substantial number of households are dumping household waste on a daily basis and furniture and electrical items appear on a regular basis. Can the Manager take steps to secure convictions?
a) Is the naming and shaming of those convicted an option? 
b) Can landlords be officially notified of their tenant’s behaviour if convicted?
c) What additional actions can DCC take against DCC tenants engaging in this                 practice?

            Reply:

  1. Circular WP 20.10 1 July 2010 from the then Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government stated:-

 

The Data Protection Commissioner has indicated to the Department that such action, in publishing the names and addresses of private individuals fined or convicted as a result of littering, whether by way of publication on local authority websites or by way of notices published in the local press (notices paid for by the authority rather than court reports) is in breach of the principles of data protection as set down in the Data Protection Act 1988 as amended by the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003, and in particular, Section 2A.”

  1. Circular WP 20.10. 1 July 2010 also applies.

 

  1. Where a Litter Warden finds evidence of dumping by a person a fine of €150 will be issued.  If evidence of dumping by a Dublin City Council tenant is found the fine of €150 is also applicable and the tenant will be interviewed by the relevant Project Estate Officer as dumping is in breach of the tenancy agreement.

 

Q60      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to provide a report in relation to Apartment complex at 55 -58 East Road, East Wall. In 2009 and 2010 enforcement notice and a fire safety notice were served on McGinley construction and others. In August 2010 a High Court order directed that the basement car park could not be used until certain works were carried out. It is now two years later and these have not been carried out. This has resulted in an excessive level of on-street car parking, which has given rise to serious safety concerns. With the re-opening of the former Leslie Reynolds warehouse unit adjacent to the apartments these safety concerns are heightened. Can the manager provide an update on this situation - is there any indication when the basement car parking will be available, and what further actions have been taken in relation to the blatant failure of the developer to comply with conditions, enforcement notices and court rulings?

            Reply:

 

As these matters are the subject of legal proceedings, it is not possible to comment other than to say that there has been ongoing engagement by the Developer with the Fire Authority and it is expected that matters are nearing a conclusion.  Unfortunately, it is not possible at this point to indicate when that will be.

 

Q61      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to provide an update on the available housing in Prospect Hill

            Reply:

 

Cluid Housing Association has received approval to lease 28 duplex units in Block 9 Prospect Hill and negotiations are ongoing with the Receivers BDO in relation to works that need to be carried out before the leasing arrangements can be completed.

There are a further 58 apartments in Block 2, Prospect Hill that Dublin City Council will own and will be managed by Cluid Housing Association.  The acquisition of these apartments is subject to works being completed.
           
BDO has gone to tender in relation to the works for both Block 2 and Block 9 and it is anticipated that the units will be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

 

Q62      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to organise the repair of the damaged street light at the junction of Shandon Park and Shandon Crescent.  The lack of lighting at this location may contribute to personal safety fears.

            Reply:

 

The damaged street light at the junction of Shandon Park and Crescent has been straightened and is now working.

 

Q63      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to agree to the collection of unbagged leaves gathered by the residents on Rathdown Road as the Council cleaning vehicles pass by on a daily basis

            Reply:

Waste Management Services will ensure that Rathdown Road is regularly included in our leaves removal programme until all the leaves have gone. Parked cars in this area hinder our efforts in this regard. 

 

 

Q64      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to detail the following: -

  1. The cost of the installation of the playground at Ashington Park
  2. The cost of the maintenance of the playground during its existence
  3. The cost of removing the playground

Reply:

(a)        Cost of Installation of Playground €45,650.51.
  
The playground was installed in Ashington Park between November/December 2009 at a cost of €45,650.51 and consisted of the following play items:

            2 Swings,
            1 Springer,
            1 Bob Cat,
            1 Tower with Net,
            1 Sea saw and
            1 Carousel

All the above were set into a wet pour safety surface. Since installation the play area was subject to constant acts of antisocial behaviour resulting in a number of play items being removed over time, items were not replaced due to the high levels of antisocial behaviour been inflicted on the equipment and safety surface. A decision was recently made by the Parks Division to remove the remnants of the play area (two vandalised play items and fire damaged safety surface) for safety reasons in accordance with best practice.

(b)        Cost of Maintenance @ €15,000.00

2 men 2 hours weekly cleaning for a three year period                 €8,000
Repairs to damaged rubber, fire damage as a direct result
of anti social behaviour                                                                                     €3,500
Blacksmith works, damage to equipment as a direct result
of anti social behaviour                                                             €1,000
Removal of damaged equipment that could no longer be
repaired as a direct result of anti social behaviour                       €2,500

(c)        Cost of removing remnants of play ground

2 vandalised play items and fire damaged safety surface                        €5,360
JCB for 3 days                                                                          €1,100
5 loads of topsoil                                                                                  €1,500
Disposal of rubber                                                                                €0,300
Truck hire                                                                                  €0,600
Grass seed                                                                               €0,060
Labour                                                                                      €1,800

 

Q65      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to investigate the provision of public lighting on Granby Place, off Parnell Square as this is an entrance to residential units.  The lack of lighting at this location may contribute to personal safety fears.

            Reply:

Improvements to the lighting on Granby Row are being considered for inclusion on the 2013 Programme of Improvements depending on available finances.

 

Q66      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
Details supplied: to provide answers to the following queries: -

  1. Is there an out of hours dog warden available for emergencies?
  2. South Dublin County Council provides a dog pound as a free service.  Is there an equivalent service available from Dublin City Council?
  3. Is there a dog warden assigned to the Central Area?

Reply:
Dublin City Council employs a private contractor to provide the Dog pound and warden service in the city.

  1. The dog warden service operates from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  The dog wardens also provide an out of hours 24hr emergency response service to requests reported to them by the Garda Siochana.

 

  1. The dog warden service is provided in accordance with the requirements of the Control of Dogs Act for the detention of stray or seized dogs. Under Section 11(5)c of  the act impounded dogs may be returned to any person who “pays the amount of the expenditure incurred by the local authority or by the Garda Síochána in respect of the seizure and detention of the dog”.

 

  1. The Dog warden service also provides a number of other services not specifically covered under the act eg. Microchipping for a fee to cover the costs incurred in the provision of these services.

The Dog warden service comprises of three full time dog wardens who patrol the city as a whole.  The dog wardens will target any area which is reported to then as suffering a high level of dog related nuisance.