Central Area Committee November

Question to City Manager
Meeting 9th November 2010

Q28      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to provide a report on the current status of the negotiations in relation to Gaelscoil Bharra in Cabra.

Reply:

By way of letter dated 5th October 2010 Solicitors acting on behalf of St. Finbarrs GAA Club advised Dublin City Council that their client had agreed to the proposal known as “Option 2” which had been the subject of intensive discussion between St. Finbarrs GAA Club, the Department of Education and Skills and Dublin City Council.

Option 2 involves the surrender of all lands back to Dublin City Council.  It is then proposed that Dublin City Council will grant a lease of a portion of the site at the eastern boundary (Quarry Road end) to the Minister for Education and Skills for the erection of a permanent gaelscoil.  The remainder of the site will be granted back to St. Finbarrs GAA Club by way of one lease and the all weather pitch currently in situ will be realigned.  It is also proposed to include a portion of the strip of open space to the front of the lands (on Faussagh Avenue) to allow the redevelopment to take place.

The matter has now been referred to the Council’s Chief Valuers Office to agree terms and conditions with both the Department and St. Finbarrs GAA Club.  Once terms and conditions have been agreed the matter will be put before the elected members in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001.

 

Q38      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to provide a breakdown of all costs incurred by Dublin City Council in the Central Area through booking the Croke Park facilities over the past 5 years?

Reply:

The Central Area Office has hired the facilities in Croke Park on nine occasions over the last five years.  Croke Park is mainly used for events with an invitation list of over 200 or in situations where the attendance is unknown before the event (e.g. an event opens to the general public).  The main considerations in choosing Croke Park as a venue are availability (school halls are usually booked out years in advance), price, suitability (size of rooms and facilities available), centrality (equidistant from most parts of the Central Area) and accessibility (wheelchairs etc.).  The prices quoted below include room hire, catering (tea and coffee and in some cases equipment, projectors, address systems etc.)

Croke Park centre hire Central Area

 

Invoice Date:

 

Amt.:

Reference:

06-Feb-06

 

2,732.25

Community : City of Neighbourhoods

26-May-07

 

2,099.00

Phibsboro/Mountjoy LAP public consultation meeting of 26th May 2007

31-Mar-08

 

1,485.00

Phibsboro/Mountjoy LAP public consultation meeting 29th March 2008

30-Apr-08

 

2,088.77

Phibsboro/Mountjoy LAP public consultation meeting 5th April 2008

22-May-08

 

2,280.00

Parking Controls for Major Events (Croke Park) Byelaws public consultation 7th June 2008 (organised through Roads and Traffic)

31-May-08

 

1,576.90

Staff Training All Day 6th May 2008

30-Jun-08

 

2,349.96

Maximising the city's potential public consultation meeting 19th June 2008 (Organised through Planning Department)

18-Aug-08

 

   780.00

Comhairle Na nOg Seminar Central Area (Marion Finglas).  (Organised through Community Development Section)

24-Aug-10

 

 1,584.70

Central Area JPC Public information meeting held  29th Sept 2010

 

Q39      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to provide a breakdown of all costs, including current works, associated with the roadworks from Baggot Road to the Cabra Gate on Blackhorse Avenue?

Reply:

Blackhorse Avenue (Baggot Road to the Cabra Gate) – costs to date:-

Design and Supervision                                                             ........€169,622.90
Land Acquisition (including legal costs)                                      .......€209,012.00
Construction (Site investigation, move services and remove wall)    €196,313.94
Other (public lighting and utilities)                                               .......€  92,946.43

                                                                                                ...........€667,895.27

 

A grant of €492,759 has been received from the Department of Transport for this Scheme.

Work has now commenced on the main contract.

In addition, the Road Maintenance Division has spent approximately €2000 in routine maintenance on this section of road.

 

Q40      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to provide a report on the current status of the Environmental Impact Study due for Reilly’s Bridge on Ratoath Road.

Reply:

It is intended to submit the Environmental Impact Statement for the Realignment of the Ratoath Road at Reilly’s Bridge to An Bord Pleanala by the end of November.

 

Q42      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager can he confirm that the Warden Service in Mount Bernard Park is still operational.

Reply:

Due to current financial constraints and given the fact that the Parks close early during the winter months the 2010 Park Warden Service contract ended on 15th October 2010.  The 2011 Park Warden Service is due to start in March 2011 to coincide with the longer park opening hours.

 

Q43      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager can he provide a report on the current staffing levels on Dublin Central compared to staffing levels over the past 5 years.

Reply:

 

Year

Staff Numbers

Explanation

2006

62

 

2007

66

4 Vacancies filled in the Central Area

2008

64

Dorset Street Housing Office is closed and 2 staff are redeployed.

2009

63

Staff member redeployed

2010

60

2 staff members who retire are not replaced.  Staff member redeployed.

  

            Currently the Community Development Staff in the Central Area are as follows:-        

Assistant Community Development Officer 1
Senior Community Officers        3
Community Officers Assistant Community Officers 3
Sheltered Housing Liaison Officers   2
Recreation Workers in 7 Recreation Centres 31
Total 46

 

 

 

 

 

5 years ago we had 27 Recreation Workers in 5 Recreation Centres.  In general community, the staffing situation was the same.

 

Q44      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to provide a breakdown of all unoccupied housing units under the remit of Dublin City Council in the Cabra area.

Reply:

Total number of unoccupied housing units in the Cabra Area 54 as follows:-

3 Bed – 3.  Two are under repair and one on offer.

2 Bed – 12.  Eleven are under repair and one ready for letting.

1 Bed – 17.  Tenants have been selected for seven units and the remainder are under repair.

Bedsits – 22.  Tenants have been selected for 10 units and the remainder are under repair.

 

Q45      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to finally resolve the drainage problem on St. Jarlath Road in Cabra.  The blockage affects no. 23 St. Jarlath Road and has necessitated at least 12 callouts over the past 6 months.  The last callout was on the 27th October 2010.

Reply:

The Area Maintenance Officer will investigate the blockage and carry out the necessary repairs to rectify the problem.

 

Q46      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the City Manager to provide the minutes of all meetings between Dublin City Council and Iarnrod Eireann in relation to the Dart Underground and the Tolka River Pedestrian Cycle Bridge and Route.

Reply:

We are compiling the information at present and a reply will issue to the Councillor in due course.