Central Area Committee

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 09th July 2013

 

 

Q72      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: could he ensure an inspection of Transit House, 5 / 5A East Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, takes place.  The Developer of this property has been in receivership since 2010, with the property remaining unfinished and unoccupied.  Residents have noticed a build-up of water within the development, and there are concerns that this may also include sewage.

 

            Reply:

 

The building was inspected from the outside.  On looking through the window, there is standing water inside one of the ground floor units.  There are re-inforcing bars in the water, which has coloured the water.  We have contacted those we believe may have an interest in the property and requested that they deal with the matter.

 

Q73      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to report on the following:-

In response to their continued failure to collect all waste as per their schedules, what steps does the Manager propose to tackle Greyhounds contribution to the proliferation of waste in the North Inner City?  Will the Manager instruct the Waste Inspectors to issue litter fines directly to Greyhound for each correctly presented bag that is not collected by the company on the scheduled day.

 

            Reply:

 

The responsibility for the control of waste lies with the holder until such time as it is collected by a waste operator. Therefore the option to issue fines to a waste operator is not available to the City Council in instances of missed or delayed collections which are a matter between the waste operator and the customer.

Q74      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to confirm whether Dublin City Council have any powers in relation to overgrown trees from a neighbouring garden in a private dwelling.

 

            Reply:

 

Dublin City Council can serve a notice under Section 70 of the Roads Act, 1993, where a tree or a shrub is a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public road.  Where a tree or shrub is growing from one private property to another it is a matter between the property owners to agree that the tree can be cut back to the boundary of the property.  Civil proceedings can be initiated if agreement cannot be reached.

Q75      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: can he confirm the Fire Regulations required legally for an apartment block which is due a refurbishment in the near future.

            Reply:

 

The Building Regulations, including Part B-Fire Safety apply to the material alteration of a building containing a flat, but excluding a material alteration consisting solely of minor works.

Minor works means work consisting of the installation, alteration or removal of a fixture, or works of a decorative nature.

A material alteration means an alteration, other than repair or renewal, where the works, or any part of the works, carried out by itself would be subject to the requirement of Part A or B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations.

A Fire Safety Certificate shall be required in respect of all works or buildings as described above.

Advice and guidance should be sought from a competent Professional in relation to the requirements of the Building Control Regulations and Building Regulations prior to the carrying out of any works to a building.

Q76      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: can he confirm if Dublin City Council subsidise or pay the wages of any Trade Union representative.

            Reply:

The City Council subsidises the wages costs of five Convenors, each of whom represent the interests of Dublin City Council employees who are members of the following trade unions: IMPACT, SIPTU and various Craft Unions.

The role of the Convenor is to represent employees’ interests in engagement with management.  Having regard to the size and range of functions of the City Council workforce and the complexity of City Council practices and service delivery, the Convenor role enables staff to engage with management on a wide range of change management issues, that ensure the delivery of the local government reform agenda.

 

Q77      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: In the original expansion plan for the Dublin Bikes scheme Cabra, Phibsboro and Stoneybatter were mentioned as some of the areas to be covered by the expanded scheme. Can the Manager explain why this did not happen and what were the criteria for choosing the locations which were eventually selected?

 

 

            Reply:

The dublinbikes scheme is being expanded in accordance with the dublinbikes longer-term strategy. This dublinbikes longer-term strategy was adopted by the elected representatives of the City Council in late 2010 and provides for a 14 phase incremental expansion of the dublinbikes scheme. The recently announced expansion relates to phase 2 of the expansion strategy which will extend the scheme into the Heuston/Kilmainham areas and further into the Docklands area. The Cabra, Phibsboro and Stoneybatter areas form part of phase 4 of the expansion strategy. Upon completion of the phase 2 expansion it is then intended to review the impact/integration of this expansion phase and then look at the next phase(s) of the adopted expansion programme.

The phase 2 expansion provides for 58 new stations and in identifying the new stations a significant number of sites were assessed and evaluated. The selection criteria followed the same principles as the original scheme: (a) Stations to be within 400m of each other; (b) as close as possible to places of employment; (c) public transport nodes (d) residential areas; and (e) cultural destinations. The detailed site selection was governed by the following criteria: suitability in terms of station size and capacity; absence of underground services; suitability to provide access for service vehicles; future traffic management plans; and health and safety requirements. The aforementioned design criteria will also be used in designing any future expansion phases which would include the Cabra, Phibsboro and Stoneybatter expansion phase.

 

Q78      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: confirm when the applications for Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability, Mobility Aids Grant and Housing Aid for Older People will reopen?

            Reply:

Dublin City Council’s three Housing Grants Schemes, as mentioned above, currently remain open.  The Schemes are, however, restricted on the basis of applicants meeting the criteria for highest medical priority status due to the cuts to Dublin City Council’s budget allocation.

 

Item     5668

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

That this Committee supports the request by the Manager of the Sean O'Casey community centre / Theatre for signage providing directions to the centre and asks that the refusal to provide signage be re-considered. I do not believe that facilitating this reasonable request would lead to similar requests or contribute to street clutter, as there is no comparable amenity in the locale and the request should be judged on its own merits. 
The Sean O'Casey Theatre is an important amenity located in the docklands area and is unique in being a fully equipped and functional Theatre space situated in an inner city setting. Since its opening the theatre has hosted numerous performances, including some plays which were receiving their Irish premiers. The presence of such a substantial performance space in this unique setting is testimony to the commitment of local community to the arts and culture. I believe Dublin City Council should be facilitating it's operation in every way possible. To continue to thrive, the Sean O'Casey Theatre needs to attract productions and audiences from all quarters. It has been noted by visitors that it is a bit difficult to find, and I have no doubt that the simple signage as requested could address this problem and would be of immense benefit to the Centre.

 

Report

Dublin City Council received numerous requests for the provision of directional signage for various locations, such as community, educational, tourism, heritage and cultural premises and venues.  While there are benefits such as improved public information, there are other matters to take into account such as proliferation of signs, obscuring of traffic signs and standardisation.  In order to ensure a consistent and appropriate approach in respect of such signage, while taking account of current Dublin City Council policies in relation to the public realm, Dublin City Council is updating its procedures with regard to consideration of such requests.  This request will be held for consideration in light of this exercise.

 

Item     5669

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

That this Committee calls for Stack A at Georges Dock to be developed for cultural use.  This should be developed in an inclusive manner, and the local history and cultural groups active in the area (particularly the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society) should be invited to contribute ideas, and to become involved in the planning process. The history and heritage of this section of the city has not been properly preserved and there is now an opportunity to address this failure.

 

Report

The CHQ Building is in the ownership of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, and it is understood a price has now been agreed for its disposal.  The future use of the building would be a matter for the new owner.