Central Area Committee

 

CENTRAL AREA COMMITTEE 12th January, 2010

 

Item 4636

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

That this Area Committee supports the call for a dedicated Community Policing Forum for the Navan Road area to cater for the large population in this area. The proposed area to be covered would include the Navan Road from Ashtown to Cabra Cross, Blackhorse Avenue and all of Pelletstown.

Report

In accordance with the agreement made at the last meeting of the Central Area Joint Policing Committee a meeting in relation to the proposal was held on the 8th December 2009. The minutes of this meeting have been circulated to those who attended as well as to each member of the area Joint Policing Committee.

It will be a matter for the members of the area Joint Policing Committee to progress the matter at their next meeting on the 8th February as the formation of local policing for a is a function reserved to them in accordance with Section 1.1 of the guidelines issued in relation to this matter under the Garda Siochana Act 2005.

 

Q22 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager can he inform this Committee what repairs/renovations are necessary at 65 Merchants Road, East Wall, when these are scheduled to be undertaken and when will the property be available for allocation. The property was recently vacated and is now sealed up.

Reply:

This dwelling requires some refurbishment, painting, and a new bathroom. The local Area Maintenance Officer has confirmed that work is due to commence within the next week, and estimates an approximate timeframe of eight weeks before it will be available for re-letting.

 

Q23 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager In relation to the increasing number of events at the 02 venue, can the Manager inform this Committee if arrangements are in place for extra street cleaning by Dublin City Council in the area surrounding the venue following events. If extra clean up resources are allocated are the venue operators contributing to the cost?

Reply:

There is no extra street cleaning by Waste Management Services following events at the O2 venue. The venue operators look after the cleaning of the vicinity of the O2 venue following events there and as such are not liable for any costs.

 

Q24 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to explain the procedure for a tenant wishing to purchase their house or flat from Dublin City Council? Can he also inform this Committee how many units in the Central Area were sold to tenants in the past five years?

Reply:

What is the Tenant Purchase Scheme?

The Tenant Purchase Scheme (Sales Scheme) was introduced to enable Local Authority Tenants to purchase their homes at a reduced price. The present Sales Scheme was incorporated into legislation in 1995 and amended the previous 1993 Scheme.

Who is eligible to apply to purchase?

You must currently be a tenant of Dublin City Council and have been a Local Authority tenant for a minimum period of twelve months before you can apply to the Council to purchase your home. You do not have to be living in your present accommodation for twelve months before you can apply to purchase; you only need to have been a Dublin City Council tenant for a combined minimum period of twelve months.

How is the purchase price determined?

The price of the house will be its market value, as determined by the Valuer’s Office of Dublin City Council, in its existing state of repair and condition, less tenancy discount etc. (see below). Any increase in the market value due to improvements made at your own expense will be deducted from the market value prior to calculating the purchase price. Please note that the purchase price is valid for a period of six months from the date of issue. You cannot re-apply until it has expired.

What discounts are available?

You will be allowed a discount of 3% of the market value of the house for each year of tenancy (up to a maximum of 30%) in a Dublin City Council property. A Tenant Purchase Grant of €3,810 is also deducted.

Are any houses excluded from sale?

In general, all houses are included in the Sales Scheme with the exception of Senior Citizens’ dwellings. Maisonettes, duplexes and all flats and apartments are currently excluded from sale. The Housing Miscellaneous Bill 2009 makes provision for the sale of local authority flats, it is anticipated that a ministerial order will be signed in 2010 to allow local authorities proceed with a sale of flats scheme.

Dublin City Council may, at its discretion, exclude houses for reasons of good estate management, because of their structuralcondition or if it has proposals to carry out remedial works to them.

Can I apply to Dublin City Council for a mortgage loan?

Yes, but you must provide confirmation of inadequate loan offers or loan refusal by two financial institutions (Bank or Building Society lenders only). Please note that acceptance of a House Purchase Loan application form does not imply an acceptance by Dublin City Council of your eligibility for such a loan.

How many units in the Central Area were sold to tenants in the past five years?

A total of 52 houses were sold in the Central Area during period 2004/2009.

 

Q25 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to inform this Committee what the current situation is with regard to the opening and closing of Shandon Park due to the removal of the Warden Service?

Reply:

As a result of the Park Warden Service being withdrawn this Division has taken the decision to leave the park open. To date this arrangement would appear to be working well with no reported incidents or residential/park user concerns.

 

Q26 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to inform this Committee what plans Dublin City Council have to replace the damaged trees on the green spaces in Cabra which were lost during Halloween bonfires?

Reply:

The Parks Division shall arrange to plant a number of replacement trees in the Cabra area that were vandalised as a result of unauthorised Halloween activities on the public open spaces.

 

Q27 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to outline what is the planning status on the mobile phone antennae attached to the crane on the apartment development site at the North Circular Road/Summerhill junction.

Reply:

Planning permission has neither been sought not granted for the attachment of antennae to the crane concerned. Nor is this use of the crane considered exempt. A Warning Letter pursuant to Section 152 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 has issued to the developers of the lands in question. Their response is awaited.

 

Q28 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to inform this Committee of the number of cases involving anti-social activities and drug dealing that Dublin City Council are currently “pursuing” in the Dublin Central area and what are the individual statuses of these cases?

Reply:

Cabra – One complaint at initial stages of investigation and one in relation to which information from the Gardai is awaited.

O’Devaney Gardens – Three cases under investigation.

Drumalee Estate – One case under investigation.

Please note that none of the above include any cases which have either been resolved or in respect of which action has been taken.

Currently the Estate Management Section in the NEIC is investigating 23 cases of alleged anti-social behaviour. This figure includes 8 drug related cases.

17 cases are at the investigation stage, four more cases have resulted in the granting of Exclusion Orders against individuals and an Exclusion Order has been requested in one further case. A Notice to Quit has also been served in one of the cases.

The NWIC area office is currently pursuing one case for drugs related anti social behaviour issues. We are seeking A Notice to quit in this case and it is currently with our serious antisocial unit

This office also has 39 ongoing cases of noise and disturbance related anti social behaviour that are being investigated andmonitored on a regular basis.

Two evictions took place in the NWIC area in 2009.

 

Q29 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to provide a report from a Senior Engineer, Roads and Traffic Section, outlining their expert views on the proposed road re-alignment of the existing site, the new proposed pedestrian crossing and traffic signal adaptation with regard to the planning application no. 3382/09 for use by Tesco Ireland at the rear of the Maple Centre.

Reply:

The Navan Road/Rosecourt Way junction is a signal controlled t-junction and provide access to the site. A five-arm roundabout on Rosecourt Way provides access to the Maple Shopping Centre, MSL Park Motors Car Showrooms, Dublin City Council Public Library, the Social Welfare Office and the site.

As part of the development it is proposed to upgrade the existing junction of the Navan Road and Rosecourt Way, and install an additional traffic lane. The new road layout will provide for one access lane and two egress lanes. The two egress lanes will facilitate a left and right hand turning lane. A minimum of 1.8m wide footpath will be required to be maintained on either side of Rosecourt Way.

The upgrade of the existing junction will also include an additional staggered pedestrian crossing on the Navan Road to the east of the existing junction.

The proposed works as part of the application 3382/09 are considered acceptable to this division. The works will allow for safer access to Rosecourt Way/Navan Road for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic including service vehicles. A new segregated footpath will be provided from the Navan Road/Rosecourt junction to the foodstore.

As part of the planning permission the applicant was required to submit final details of the proposed layout of Rosecourt Way and pedestrian crossing at the Navan Road to the Roads and Traffic Department for written agreement.

The final date for lodgement of an appeal against the decision to grant permission is Friday 8th January.

 

Q30 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to organise the erection of specific high visibility signs at the Ratoath Road/Nephin Road roundabout (Bogies roundabout) and the Ballyboggan/Ratoath Road junction reminding drivers of trucks over 3 tonne and HGV’s that use of Reilly’s Bridge is illegal.

Reply:

This matter will be investigated by the Area Traffic Team and a reply will be issued directly to the Councillor.

 

Q31 Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to inform this Committee of the number and type of Priority Housing allocations made in the Cabra area over the last five years?

Reply:

The Area referred to in the question is included within Area E (Ashtown, Santry, Whitehall, Finglas, Blackhorse Avenue, Cabra and Glasnevin). The table below sets out the number and type of priority applicants housed in Area E in the past five years.

Count of Year
Area Housed
Year
Priority
E
2004
Homeless
18
 
Medical
31
 
Welfare
30
 
ISO
3
 
Surr Lgr Accom
6
 
Unfit
1
 
Detenanting
5
  Total
94

 

Count of Year
Area Housed
Year
Priority
E
 2005
Homeless
21
 
Medical
 38
 
Welfare
 26
 
ISO
 5
 
Surr Lgr Accom
 10
 
Unfit
 2
 
Detenanting
 6
  Total
108

 

Count of Year
Area Housed
Year
Priority
E
 2006
Homeless
13
 
Medical
 27
 
Welfare
 15
 
ISO
 3
 
Surr Lgr Accom
 5
 
Unfit
 6
 
Detenanting
 1
  Total
70

 

Count of Year
Area Housed
Year
Priority
E
 2007
Homeless
12
 
Medical
 37
 
Welfare
 19
 
ISO
 1
 
Surr Lgr Accom
 9
 
Unfit
 16
 
Detenanting
 2
 
Tied
1
 
Total
97

 

Count of Year
Area Housed
Year
Priority
E
 2008
Homeless
20
 
Medical
 38
 
Welfare
 32
 
ISO
 3
 
Surr Lgr Accom
 9
 
Unfit
 1
 
Detenanting
 79
 
Unable to Afford
8
 
Total
190
 
Grand Total
559