Central Area Committee January

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 10th January 2012

 

Q31      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide a full breakdown of all unoccupied housing units under the remit of Dublin City Council in the Cabra area detailing the following:-

  1. The address of each unit under repair
  2. How long each unit under repair has been in Dublin City Council possession
  3. When they are likely to be ready for letting

 

 

            Reply:

The attached spreadsheet details voids in the Central Area as requested. Please note that at present new voids are not being refurbished by private contractors pending confirmation of this year’s budget from the DoE.

Q32      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager in relation to the CCTV at the bottle bank on Carnlough Road

  1. How long has the CCTV been installed?
  2. When was it removed?
  3. How many fines were issued as a result of the location of the CCTV?
  4. Given the sensitive nature of the site of the bottle bank, would Dublin City Council consider installing CCTV at this location permanently?

 

 

            Reply:

A CCTV Camera was installed at bottle bank at Carnlough Road in February 2011 and removed in June 2011 as the number of offences had decreased.
As a result of further complaints a CCTV camera was installed again on 19th
October 2011 and remains in place to date.

 A total of 31 litter fines were issued, 19 fines paid, 4 cancelled on appeal, 4 prosecutions initiated and 4 lapsed.

It would not be Dublin City Councils intention to install a permanent CCTV at this location as there are other bottle bank locations throughout the city which will require the use of a mobile CCTV system.

One direct prosecution was initiated.

 

Q33      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager if Iarnród Éireann are obliged to inform Dublin City Council when carrying out engineering works in a particular area.  Was Dublin City Council informed prior to the engineering works beginning on the old CIE site at Carnlough Road at the end of November?

 

            Reply:

Additional information has been requested from the Councillor and a reply will issue in due course.

Q34      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to confirm whether the current position of Park Warden in John Paul Park in Cabra is a permanent or temporary position

 

            Reply:

           
The current position of Park Warden in John Paul Park, Cabra is a permanent position.

 

Q35      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager in relation to the Waste Management Service: -

  1. Will the bag collection areas in Dublin Central continue to have no standing charge under Greyhound Recycling and Recovery?

 

  1. How much did the sale of the Council’s commercial and domestic waste collection business to Greyhound Recycling and Recovery garner for Dublin City Council and was the value of the outstanding arrears included in the sale?
  1. Do Greyhound Recycling and Recovery now have the right to pursue all outstanding arrears in Dublin Central?

 

            Reply:

 

The domestic and commercial kerbside waste collection will transfer from Dublin City Council (DCC) to Greyhound Recycling and Recovery (GRR) with effect from Monday 16th January 2012. The terms of the sale are commercially sensitive and therefore confidential.
However, as part of the arrangement, GRR will be collecting outstanding charges on behalf of DCC. In addition, there will be no increase in charges for the first 6 months of 2012. I am not in a position to indicate what may happen thereafter.
City Council customers will be contacted by Greyhound Recycling and Recovery to establish accounts which will ensure continuity of collection of all bins. Customers are, however, free to choose any other service provider if they are not satisfied with the service to be offered by GRR.

 

Q36      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide details of the ten highest levels of rainfall in the Dublin Central area over the past five years and also to confirm average rainfall during this period

 

            Reply:

 

            A letter requesting this information has been forwarded to Met Éireann.

 

Q37      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to detail the number of households currently on the various Dublin City Council housing lists in the Dublin Central area

 

            Reply:
Dublin Central includes Area E (Ashtown, Santry, Whitehall, Finglas, Blackhorse Ave., Cabra, Glasnevin), Area H (Ballybough, East Wall, North Strand, Phibsborough, Sheriff St., Summerhill, Dorset St./Dominick St.) and Area P (North King St., Church St., O'Devaney Gardens, Ormond Quay).

The table below sets out the number of applicants on each category of the City Council’s Housing List in Area E, H and P.    
     
     

 

List Category

E

H

P

Grand Total

Housing List

Homeless

108

163

28

299

Points

2517

1646

376

4539

Medical

22

19

4

45

Welfare

8

5

2

15

Other

37

1

2

40

Totals

2692

1834

412

4938

 

 

 

 

 

Transfer List

Points

946

812

221

1979

Medical

31

56

11

98

Welfare

36

18

8

62

Other

36

25

10

71

Totals

1049

911

250

2210

 

 

Q38      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide details of the CCTV system in operation in Drumalee and confirm where the system is monitored and verify that the system is functioning correctly

 

            Reply:

 

There are two separate CCTV systems currently operating in the Drumalee Estate. One covers Drumalee Court exclusively. Cameras on this system are connected to a digital recorder based on site. When incidents are reported any relevant footage is downloaded from the recorder. This system is operating as intended and has provided the Gardai with information on a number of incidents.

The second system was installed some years ago and is concentrated on the wider Drumalee Estate. Problems have been experienced with this system and it has, in the past, been the subject of some vandalism. In order to provide more consistent coverage it is now proposed to integrate this system with other local systems and a full report on how best to achieve this integration is currently being prepared.

Q39      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to detail the procedure and criteria for applying for an event licence

 

            Reply:

The procedure and criteria for applying for a Public Event licence is set out under
             Part XVI Section 229-238 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 and the Associated Regulations in Part 16 of the Planning and DevelopmentRegulations 2001. (Attached is Events advisory handbook which gives summarises the Public Event Licensing procedure in detail on page 14).

Event to be held in outdoor space with less than 5,000 people attending:
           
When an application is received to hold an event in an outdoor space with less than 5,000 people attending, the event organiser is requested to forward to the Events Unit, an Event Management Plan and a copy of their Public Liability Insurance indemnifying Dublin City Council.  Information required includes a site specific risk assessment/ health and safety statement; litter management plan; details of any road closures/any suspension of parking; temporary structures and signage; any positioning of vehicles.   The Plan is circulated to all relevant statutory agencies, internal and external co-ordinators for their comments.  Any issues/comments arising are forwarded to the event organiser for their attention and resolution.  Only when all issues have been resolved will the Events Unit issue a decision notice with conditions attached, to allow the event to take place.  The request for use of the public space is only acceptable if the event is suitable for the space.