Central Area Committee

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 13th May 2014

 

 

Q33      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to arrange to have the footpath at 28 Plunkett Avenue, Finglas, inspected.  Damage to the path has been reported to me.

 

 

            Reply:

 

Road Maintenance Services have inspected the footpath and no repairs are required at the location at the present time.

 

Q34      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to arrange to have the footpath at 27 Erris Road, Cabra, inspected.  Damage to the path has been reported to me.

 

            Reply:

This has been added to the Roads Maintenance Sharepoint system for appropriate action having regard to the relevant criteria for repairs prioritisation.

 

Q35      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to confirm the procedure to remove the immobile damaged car outside 110 Fassaugh Road?  The car has been there for over a year.

 

            Reply:

 

This vehicle was inspected on 6th May 2014.  The vehicle was found to be parked in the vicinity of the registered owner’s address and appeared to be criminally damaged.  The vehicle has valid tax and insurance details on record with Dublin Motor Tax Office.  The tax disc was applied for and issued on 29th April 2014 with no gaps in its tax history.  This vehicle was also inspected on 6th February 2014, 24th February 2104 and 13th March 2014 and it was found that it could not be dealt with under the abandoned vehicle legislation.  In this regard this is not a matter for the abandoned vehicle section.

Q36      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to confirm the number of trucks using the Old Cabra Road to transport spoil from the Grangegorman site?  Given the current damaged state of the road is there any requirement for the developers to contribute to the repair of the road?  Can the Manager also confirm the developers cleaning schedule for the Old Cabra Road?

 

            Reply:

            A letter has been forwarded to the Grangegorman Development Authority            regarding the matter and a reply will issue to the Councillor in due course.

 

Q37      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  can he organise for the pruning of the trees outside 73a Ashington Avenue?

            Reply:

The tree in question at the above address will be pruned in the coming weeks.

 

Q38      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  provide a report on the major water leak on Bannow Road on the 16th April?  The leak was left unrepaired for almost 24 hours, wasting gallons of treated water.

            Reply:

 

Dublin City Council Water Division received reports of a leak near An Post on Bannow Road on the afternoon of the 16th April 2014.  Our Inspector attended to the location and noted that the leak was not causing any interruption to the water supply in the area nor causing any damage to adjacent properties.  Our Maintenance crews were undertaking and completing other necessary works at this time and a crew were detailed to attend on the morning of the 17th April 2014.

 

Q39      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  to provide a comprehensive report on the ongoing litter blitz in the North Inner City, including:-

  • How many house calls have been made
  • How many responses
  • How many proofs of service provider

 

            Reply:

 

These statistics are as the report to the Central Area Committee meeting of March 2014. No further surveys have been undertaken in the intervening period.

670 Surveys carried out to date

427 No answer at door

243 Answers

219 Gave details

    7 Refused to give any details

  17 Gave partial details

  44 Provided evidence of ongoing collection when requested

199 Were unable to provide evidence of ongoing collection

Q40      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied:  can he confirm that the Environmental Health Section will continue to be funded by the Central Area Office for their inspections of private rented houses to compliment the enforcement and waste management campaign in the Central Area and can he confirm the streets to be targeted?

            Reply:

 

The Central Area Office will continue to fund the Environmental Health Section to carry out inspections on private rental accommodation and to target houses that were surveyed and were found to have no waste management arrangements in place.  The streets that will be targeted are Ballybough Road, Summerhill Parade, North Circular Road, Charles Street North, Sherrard Street, Belvedere Road and Place and Portland Street.

Item     5880

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

This Committee calls for the retention of the Dublin City Council local area office in Cabra.

Report

In December 2013 the City Manager established a group to review the area structure (Area Review Group) and the functions carried out at area level.

Among the terms of reference for the group were :-

To review the current area boundaries and make proposals taking account of

  • the experience with the operation of the current areas
  • the new local electoral area boundaries that will come into operation
  • the need to ensure that the workload of the areas is broadly equivalent taking account of the needs of the areas.

To review the human and financial resource cost of the areas and to make recommendations for an appropriate structure for the areas.

To review the area office arrangements mindful of the costs of maintaining and operating area offices, to make recommendations for which offices should be retained  and the services to be offered at different offices. The issue of appropriate number, location and functions of area offices should be considered in the context of the proposed new area boundaries.

The review group in carrying out its work had to be mindful of the budgetary constraints the Council is operating under and the inevitability that the staff numbers  will continue to decline over the medium term. Delivery of service and associated resources must be driven primarily by service quality and value for money considerations.

Following consideration of the matter by the Area Review Group their report to the City Manager(which he has accepted) recommended an examination be carried out  to reduce the number of  area offices which would  be progressed in 2014 and in that context functions provided from the Cabra office are currently being examined.

The consultation phase of the Review Report  in so far as it relates to the Cabra office has now commenced with both staff and the relevant union.

Item     5884

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

This Committee calls on Payzone to instruct the shops using their service to cease imposing a charge on their customers – some retailers implement an additional charge per bill for those using the service.

 

Report

 

A letter will be forwarded to Payzone if the members agree the terms of the motion.