Central Area Committee February

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 28th February 2012

 

Q40      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide an update in relation to the drainage issues at 23 St. Jarlath Road.  The situation appears to have improved.  Can the Manager detail the works carried out to remedy the situation?

 

            Reply:

In December 2011 the Housing Maintenance Drain Jetting Unit attended this property and found obstructions which contained excessive deposits of domestic grease and wet wipes/baby wipes, and removed same.  They then jetted the drains and also issued letters to street residents in relation to the proper use of the sewerage system.

Housing Maintenance continue to monitor the situation in St. Jarlath Road and to date there has been no reoccurrence of this problem.

 

Q41      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to outline any current plan to repair the damaged speed ramps in the Dublin Central area?  Is there a timeline for the implementation of the repairs?

 

            Reply:

Road Maintenance are currently compiling a list of ramps for the three areas within the North City.

An approximate budget of €45k will be allocated for the Central Area. When the list of ramps has been compiled it will then be prioritised according to condition & traffic flows.

We hope to have finalised the list within the next 3-4 weeks.

 

Q42      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager To clarify who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Shriver Bridge at Sheriff Street?  The visual appearance of the structure has deteriorated badly.  Will the Manager take steps to ensure that the necessary improvements take place and the appearance is improved.

 

            Reply:

Dublin City Council is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of Spencer Bridge.

Investigation reports commissioned by the Roads & Traffic Department have concluded that, while the visual appearance of the structure has deteriorated badly, the bridge is capable of carrying normal vehicular loading. In the short term consideration could be given to the removal of the overhead structure as it serves no useful purpose. However the recommended long term solution is to replace the current structure with a modern fixed bridge.

 Discussions have taken place with Waterways Ireland, who require a minimum headroom for canal craft. Subject to the technical issues being resolved and the availability of funding, the design of a new bridge can be progressed

 

Q43      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager That as there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of dog fouling in areas in Dublin Central, can the Manager provide the following details in relation to litter fines for dog fouling:-

  1. How many fines were issued for dog fouling in Dublin Central in the last year.
  2. How many of these fines were paid
  3. Can a monthly breakdown of the fines issued be provided and the specific area affected.

 

 

            Reply:

No fines were issued under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Acts in 2011.
Details of fines issued are provided to the Central Area Office on a monthly basis.

 

Q44      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager To reconsider the decision to stop erecting dog fouling signage and the provision of poop scoops.

 

 

            Reply:

 

The programme for the provision of free poop-scoops, erection of signs and the provision of special dog bins was not particularly effective and was considered to be an inefficient use of resources. We do not intend to resume such a programme at this time.

As an alternative we will in 2012 be running awareness programmes highlighting the need for responsible  behaviour on this issue. Also Dublin City Council together with other Local Authorities in the region have proposed a number of amendments to Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act. Proposed changes are in red :-

            Section 22 (1) Where faeces has been deposited by a dog in any place to
            which this subsection applies, the owner or person in charge of the dog shall
            carry a means to collect the faeces at all times and shall immediately remove
            the faeces, ensuring  that it is properly disposed of in a suitable sanitary
            manner.
           

Section 22 (2) Subsection (1) applies to a place that is—

  1. a public road, a public place,
  2.  

 

A submission on amendments to the Litter Pollution Acts will be forwarded to the Minister for the Environment in the coming weeks.

 

 

Q45      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager Can he provide details of the number of Dublin City Council staff in Dublin Central retiring pre-February 29th and their current positions.  Can the Manager detail which positions will be replaced.

            Reply:

There is only one member of staff in the Central Area due to retire before the end of February 2012.

Due to the current moratorium on recruitment, it is not possible to fill any position in Dublin City Council without first seeking sanction from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.  Sanction is only received in limited circumstances and where the post is of a critical nature. 

A request to the Department to fill any vacant posts is on the basis of the critical nature of the post and the overall needs of the organisation.
  

Q46      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager In relation to the Waste Management Service, can he provide the following details:-

  1. What tonnage of untagged bags in Dublin Central has been collected by Dublin City Council since the handover of the waste collection service to Greyhound
  2. Are all untagged bags searched for the identity of the owner and where does this search take place
  3. What is the cost of the searching and disposal of the untagged bags
  4. Will Dublin City Council continue to provide a clean up service in residential areas after each Greyhound collection.

 

 

            Reply:

 

  1. Untagged bags collected by Waste Management are brought to a compactor along with litter bin bags, the tonnage is not available.
  2. 10% of untagged bags are removed by Litter Wardens to be searched in Waste Management Depots.
  3. This figure is not quantifiable as it forms part of the normal duties of the Litter Warden.
  4. Prior to the handover of our waste collection service to Greyhound, Waste Management Services had residential areas cleaned once every twelve weeks as per Litter Management Plan.  This cleaning schedule will continue into the future.

 

     
Q47      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager can he confirm that all Dublin City Council housing complexes have green bins or alternative recycling facilities.

 

 

            Reply:

Green bins have been installed in the majority of Older Persons complexes in the city, and in some of the smaller flat complexes with other recycling facilities.  Previous attempts to install green bins and/or recycling facilities have been unsuccessful due to vandalism and misuse.  It is a priority of Greyhound to install green bins in all City Council complexes on a phased basis.  However it is not possible to give a timeframe for this at this point.