Central Area Committee February
Questions to City Manager
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?
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?
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.
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:-
No fines were issued under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Acts in 2011.
Q44 Councillor Cieran Perry
To ask the Manager To reconsider the decision to stop erecting dog fouling signage and the provision of poop scoops.
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
Section 22 (2) Subsection (1) applies to a place that is—
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.
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:-
To ask the Manager can he confirm that all Dublin City Council housing complexes have green bins or alternative recycling facilities.
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.