Central Area Committee March

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 13th March 2012

 

                Item      5262

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

This Area Committee insists that any changes to the Passport for Leisure Scheme must be approved by the full City Council and not just the Arts, Culture, Leisure and Youth Affairs SPC.

 

Report

The Passport for Leisure scheme was introduced in 2007 as part of the Lord Mayors initiative. The scheme is still in operation. Operational matters in relation to the scheme are currently being reviewed at the Arts, Culture, Leisure and Youth Affairs SPC Sports Sub-Group. Proposals in relation to the scheme will be brought from the Sub Group to the SPC in due course. 

Item      5263

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

This Area Committee calls for the overhead structure on Spencer Bridge at Sheriff Street to be preserved.  It should be recognised as a significant historical feature of heritage value for the area.  We call for the visual appearance of this to be addressed and improved in the style of similar structures on North Wall quay.  This should be done without haste, but certainly in advance of the Tall Ship event 2012.

 

Report

 

The bridge at Sheriff Street Upper crossing the Royal Canal at Spencer Dock is in Dublin City Council ownership. The bridge was constructed in 1941 as a lifting bridge but hasn’t functioned in that capacity for many years. Due to the low clearance under the bridge deck it is a barrier to canal traffic. It would not be viable to restore the lifting function to the bridge due to the cost of the work involved and also due to the long term cost of operation and maintenance. In order to provide enough clearance for canal traffic a new fixed bridge with a thinner deck will be required at this location.

                A cost estimate to paint the bridge (and carry out repairs to the carriageway and              expansion joints) was prepared in 2008. The estimated cost of this work was   €348,000. Unfortunately there are no funds available to carry out this work. 

               
Q32        Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager in relation to the CCTV at the bottle bank on Carnlough Road, can the Manager confirm when the CCTV was removed?  In reply to Q32 at the January Central Area Committee Meeting it was claimed that the CCTV was still in situ but residents have informed me that it had been removed prior to this.

 

                Reply:

                At the time of replying to Q32 on 23/12/2011 (noon) I was informed by the
                security firm that the CCTV camera was in place at Carnlough Road, Cabra. On
             checking with the security firm again today, 08/03/2012 at 17:24hrs I was
                informed the  CCTV camera was removed from Carnlough Road in November
                2011.  I have checked payment records and no payment has been made to the
                security firm re Carnlough Road since December 2011 which related to activity
                in November 2011.

Q33        Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager can he confirm if the window blinds and the 24 hour lighting advertising the Dental Service at no. 82 New Cobra Road requires planning permission.

                Reply:

The internal window blinds and use of lighting in the premises do not require planning permission under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2010 and the Regulations hereunder.

 

Q34        Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide a detailed report of the progress of the Community Flood Resilience pilot scheme in East Wall including membership of the Scheme?

 

                Reply:

Personnel from the Drainage Department will address the above issue at today’s meeting of the Central Area Committee.

Q35        Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager in relation to the Passport for Leisure Scheme operating in the Parkside Community Centre, can the Manager provide answers to the following questions:-

a)            How long has Countdown had the contract for operating the Passport for Leisure Scheme?  January 2010 redesigned and put sound footing
b)            How much has Countdown been paid annually for operating the Scheme
c)            What is the average waiting time for a membership card?
d)            What is the rationale for having a private company operate the Scheme?

                Reply:

The Passport for Leisure scheme was established under a Lord Mayor’s Special Initiative on Older Persons 2007 for the over 55’s to have discounted use of DCC facilities.  The scheme was extended to offer discounts on a range of cultural, travel, health and recreational activities.  Limelight Communications were engaged to project manage the scheme including liasing with Countdown, which is the discount card provider. 

In order to put the scheme on a sustainable footing a new agreement was signed by Dublin City Council, Limelight Communications and Countdown in March 2010.  The agreement is for 5 years and will be reviewed in 2013 under contract.

From the date of the new agreement 2010 to end of 2011 Countdown has received €70,121.30.

The average waiting time for a card is 3 weeks with applicants advised that it may take 28 days.

Dublin City Council has no expertise in the development, operation and management of a discount scheme.  The operation of Passport for Leisure by Limelight Communication is administratively cost neutral to Dublin City Council.

 

Q36        Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager in relation to the works on the path outside no. 84 New Cabra Road can the Manager provide answers to the following questions:-

a)            What works were carried out at this location?
b)            Who carried out the works?
c)            When were the works complete?
d)            When will the path be repaired?

 

                Reply:

 

The opening outside 84 / 86 Cabra Road is a Water Services repair to a burst supply. The work was carried out on 24/09/11 and the opening was returned to Road Maintenance on 25/09/11. The opening was taken back in charge by Road Maintenance on 27/09/11.

This opening shall be reinstated when Road Maintenance have a crew available in the area, which is likely to be within the next 3 months.

 

Q37        Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager can he provide an answer to my Q33 at the January Central Area Committee Meeting on the subject of the Iarnrod Eireann works on the old CIE site at Carnlough.

 

                Reply:

We have contacted Iarnrod Eireann regarding the matter and a reply will issue directly to the Councillor.

 

Q38        Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager in relation to the local Fire Service and the panel from which Fire Fighters were previously recruited, can the Manager provide answers to the following questions:

a)            What was the reason for scrapping an expensively formed panel of people who met the initial criteria for such an important role?
b)            How does Dublin City Council propose to fill future vacancies within Dublin Fire Brigade?
c)            If this is a cost savings initiative, can you clarify where money will be saved in the long term?

 

                Reply:

 

The panel for firefighters was originally formed in 2007 and was almost five         years in existence having been extended a number of times.  In the past     panels would generally have lasted only two to three years.

It is not proposed to make further appointments to the Fire Service for a considerable period.  It is currently proposed to release full time firefighters from the East Regional Control Centre to fill operational vacancies; these will be replaced by dedicated Emergency Control Operators.

The purpose of the change is to achieve wage related savings and in the process achieve greater efficiencies.

Q39        Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager in relation to the unfinished road repairs at the entrance to McKee Court in McKee Park on Blackhorse Avenue, can the Manager provide answers to the following questions:-

a)            Who carried out the work which resulted in the rework to the road?
b)            What was the purpose of this work?
c)            Who carried out the temporary repairs?
d)            Who is responsible for repairing the road?
e)            When will this work be carried out?

 

                Reply:

 

a)            Dublin City Council Water Services
b)            Water connection to McKee Court Housing
c)            Dublin City Council Water Services
d)            Dublin City Council
e)            Within the next 3 months