Central Area Committee

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 14th January 2014

 

 

Item     5804

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

This Committee calls on all the service providers in the Central area to assume responsibility for the collection and disposal of used syringe needles discarded by clients. Particular areas regularly have large amounts of discarded needles. The danger to Dublin City Council employees and the cost of compensation to staff is unacceptable.
            Report:
All service providers are supplied with the appropriate equipment and trained with regard to the collection / disposal of used syringe needles.  Contractors working on behalf of the Dublin City Business Improvement District remove sharps and drug paraphernalia from sites around the city.  The location of these sites, have been passed to the Ana Liffey drug project, for outreach workers to engage with the people congregating at those locations.
Q49      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
                                   
Details supplied: In relation to number 53 Merchants Road, East Wall which has been vacant for a number of years now, can the Manager confirm the current time-frame to refurbish and re-allocate this property, as that previously stated has not occurred?  While we are waiting on this progress can the appearance of the property be improved, as it is contributing to the negative appearance of this residential street?

 

Reply:

            There is a problem with the combined drain at the rear of this dwelling, which is a             small back garden area, causing flooding during heavy rain. Our Executive Engineer        is investigating the best solution to this issue before we can proceed with     refurbishment of this dwelling.
            Our Area Maintenance Officer will inspect the front appearance of the dwelling and          enhance it where possible until such time as the refurbishment commences.

Q50      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
                                   
Details supplied: to clarify when the yellow box on the East Wall Road, outside St Josephs School (at entrance to Port Tunnel access road), will be re-instated? This was erased during road works and has not been restored as of yet.

 

Reply:

 

The Traffic Officer has advised that the area will be inspected and placed on list for renewal if required.  Unfortunately, due to the heavy rainfall, poor forecast and dropping night-time temperatures, we are unable to give a date but it will be at least a number of months.

Q51      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
                                   
Details supplied: to examine the possibility of a yellow box being introduced at the junction of East Road / East Wall Road (opp. Seabank House)? During peak traffic times this location can be quite problematical.

Reply:

 

This matter is listed at present for examination by the Traffic Advisory Group.  The Councillor will be advised of the recommendation in due course.

Q52      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
                                   
Details supplied: to confirm who decides on the amount of money allocated per area for the Halloween festivities?

Reply:

 

Where specific activities are identified in the various areas, funding is provided from the combined available financial resources of the particular area and the Community Development Section.

Q53      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
                                   
Details supplied: to provide a full breakdown of all unoccupied housing units, including senior citizens units, under the remit of Dublin City Council in the Cabra area (including Dunard, McKee Park and Blackhorse Grove) detailing the following: -
a)            The address of each unit under repair
b)            How long each unit under repair has been in Dublin City Council possession
c)            When they are likely to be ready for letting

Reply:

 

Please find attached a list of all current vacant units in the Cabra Area:

21 of these units are one-room studio apartments and are therefore low demand units.
2 units are ready to let.
1 unit is due for refurbishment under the framework and work will commence when funding becomes available.
1 unit is under consideration for disposal due to its’ condition and the estimated cost of refurbishment.
The remaining units are being refurbished by direct labour.  Due to budgetary and resource restrictions it is difficult to give a timeframe as to when the units currently being refurbished by direct labour will become available for letting.

Q54      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
                                   
Details supplied: To confirm whether an Environmental Impact Study for the Shandon area has been carried out in relation to the planned LUAS project?

Reply:

A letter will be sent to the RPA in relation to this matter. The reply will be sent to the Councillor.

 

Q55      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
                                   
Details supplied: to confirm who paid the cost of removing the waste materials from 121 Blackhorse Aveune?

Reply:

 

The cost of removal of the hazardous waste from this property was borne by the receiver following enforcement action taken by both Dangerous Buildings and Waste Enforcement Departments.

Q56      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).
                                   
Details supplied: to detail, by section, any staff in the Central Area who availed of the Voluntary Redundancy Scheme for employees of Local Authorities?

Reply:

 

In total 3 members of staff from the Central Area availed of the Voluntary Redundancy Scheme:-

1 Staff Member from Community
1 Staff member from Housing
1 Porter/Messenger.