Central Area Committee

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 11th June 2013

 

 

Q48      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  

  • How many litter fines have been issued per month in each local area in Dublin for the last 3 years?
  • How many of these fines have been paid?
  • How many of these fines have been appealed?
  • How many prosecutions have been initiated?
  • How many convictions have taken place?

 

            Reply:

Please find attached spreadsheets with details of fines issued per Area per year for last 3 years.

Comparison of All Years
2012
2011
2010
2009

 

Q49      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to comment on the attached correspondence received by Councillors from the Great Western Square and District Residents Association?  What actions can Dublin City Council take in this common situation?

            Reply:

Calling the Litter Hotline is the best option, while the outcomes may not be perfect in stopping the practice of illegal dumping, it does allow the Council to investigate the dumped materials, inform the Council of where the materials are and allows the Council to arrange for the removal of the same in a timely manner.

3 fines were issued to residents of Castle Terrace and Phibsborough Avenue during April on foot of complaints to the Hotline.

We cannot issue fines to landlords for the activities of their tenants in the public domain.  While the report to the Litter Hotline gave quite detailed information it did not identify a named individual to issue a fine to and no information was recovered from the dumped material.

We do not have access to the local property tax register.  However, it is one of the recommendations of the NICLAG group that access to such information be granted to us in order to identify individuals and landlords who are known to be adding to the problems of illegal dumping.

 

Q50      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to provide the following details in relation to the theft from vehicles in the Cabra Parkside Sports and Community Centre Carpark:-

  • How many cars have been broken into in the last two years?
  • How many prosecutions have resulted from these thefts?
  • Can the Manager comment on Garda response times?
  • Is the quality of the CCTV sufficient to identify the culprits?
  • How to Dublin City Council intend to address this on-going issue?

 

            Reply:

 

  • A total of twenty cars have been broken into over the past two years, twelve cars in 2012 and eight cars in 2013.
  • Dublin City Council does not have information on how many prosecutions have resulted from these thefts.
  • The Garda have been contacted in each case and they requested CCTV footage of these incidents be copied and collected by the Garda to analyse.
  • There are six external cameras covering the car park with an extra high spec. traffic camera located at the entrance to the facility. In each case the culprit’s car type colour and registration details were obtained but in most cases their Identities were masked by the type of clothing they wore.
  • Dublin City Council have to date responded by installing four new cameras on the car park including one high spec. traffic camera erected at the entrance to the facility, two on site monitoring stations, one at reception and another in the manager’s office.

Both monitors have play back and recording facilities. Six extra car park flood lights were installed and all high level planting and trees removed from car park central area and replaced with low level bedding plants to ensure maximum coverage of CCTV.

 

Q51      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to confirm the areas officially part of the Dublin City Council Anti-Dog Fouling Awareness Campaign launched last year?  Is there any Dog Foul Removal Machines available in the Cabra/Glasnevin area or in the East Wall area?

            Reply:

            The anti-dog fouling campaign was officially launched in each of the following areas. 

  • Clontarf Promenade
  • Grattan Crescent, Inchicore
  • Mountjoy Square Park
  • Thorncastle Street, Inchicore

 

There is a dog fouling removal machine in the Central Area which operates in the Central Business District. 

Meanwhile Waste Management Staff are removing dog foul from areas such as Cabra / Glasnevin and East Wall during routine cleaning.

Q52      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to give an estimated cost of the installation of railings around the Senior Citizens Complex in St. Finbarr’s Court?  This information was sought as part of Q69 at the October 2012 Central Area Committee meeting.

            Reply:

Quotations for the supply and erection of railings and gates at this location have been sought.  While limited discretionary finance is available a decision in relation to the initiation of these works will largely depend on the quotations received and consideration of other priorities.

Previous quotations received are no longer valid and were not pursued at the time due to uncertainty over budgetary demands.

 

Q53      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to provide a comprehensive report on the on-going flood alleviation works taking place in Cabra East?

            Reply:

The flood events in Cabra East in August 2008 and October 2011 have led to Dublin City Council studying the catchment extensively with the aim of developing an engineering scheme that will alleviate the flood levels should a repeat of a similar thunder storm flood event occur. Four schemes have been studied by the Flood Defence Unit with varying positive and negative results. A summary of the options are summarised as follows, all of which are partial solutions:

  • Gravity partial solution from Dowth Avenue to unused railway line (New Luas Cross City Line).
  • This was considered in detail. Due to a potential increased risk to flooding in areas that have not experienced flooding in the past this option was eliminated.

 

  • Gravity partial solution from Leix Road to Bradogue Stream at Cabra Road.
  • This involves the construction of 160 metres of 600 millimetres of pipeline at a very preliminary estimated cost of €200,000. This is only a partial solution to the flooding problem.

 

  • Pumped partial solution from Leix Road to Bradogue Stream at Cabra Road.
  • This entails the construction of a pumping station together with 160 metres of rising main and an underground storage tank at a very preliminary estimated cost of €340,000. There may be operational issues with this proposal from noise and vibration perspectives.

 

  • Gravity partial solution from Leix Road to the Bradogue in Laneway south of Leix Road plus upgrading of Bradogue Stream downstream.
  • This involves the construction of up to 170 metres of up to 750 millimetre diameter pipelines in both private property and at the junction of Dowth Avenue and Cabra Road at a very preliminary estimated cost of €250,000 .
  • There are considerable traffic restrictions which would occur on the Cabra Road during construction of this new sewer.

The options are currently being further considered. Given that the area is prone to flooding, residents are advised to investigate the purchase of flood defences for their houses, in the meantime.

 

Q54      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to confirm the dates for the weed killing program in the various areas in Dublin Central.

            Reply:

The Weed Spraying Programme in the Central Area was completed in early May.  An inspection of the streets was carried out on 22nd May to confirm that the weeds had died back.  Some missed areas will be sprayed again by Knapsack.

It is planned to carry out a second spray of the entire Central Area in August 2013.

Item     5629

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

That this Committee requests the installation of railings around the Senior Citizens Complex in St. Finbarr’s Court.  Previous plans for the installation of railings were put on hold as this Complex was due to be renovated but renovation is unlikely to occur in the current economic climate.  Some of the residents of this Complex are very vulnerable and the continuing anti-social behaviour could be alleviated by the installation of the railings.

 

Report

Quotations for the supply and erection of railings and gates at this location have been sought.  While limited discretionary finance is available a decision in relation to the initiation of these works will largely depend on the quotations received and consideration of other priorities.

Previous quotations received are no longer valid and were not pursued at the time due to uncertainty over budgetary demands.

Item     5630

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

That this Committee requests that the Manager writes to the Presidents of the relevant Courts to highlight the difficulties being experienced by Dublin City Council in prosecuting individuals suspected of illegally dumping.

 

Report

It is not considered that any useful purpose would be served in writing to the Presidents of the relevant Courts in the absence of the Law Agent of Dublin City Council giving his considered view on the matter.

Accordingly, these views have now been sought and when received will be conveyed to the Councillor who will then be enabled to consider a potential resubmission of the motion having regard to the views of the Law Agent.

 

Item     5631

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

That this Committee calls on Dublin City Council to review the opening hours of the Grangegorman Recycling Centre to accommodate working people wishing to recycle.  Closing half day on Friday and particularly all day Saturday is unacceptable in this day and age.  User friendly opening hours on weekends will encourage recycling and discourage illegal dumping.

 

Report

We are making arrangements to open the Grangegorman Recycling Centre on Saturdays during the Summer months as and from Saturday 15th June and we will then review Saturday arrangements going forward at the end of August.