Central Area Committee

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 12th November 2013

 

 

Q65      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: for a report on the progress of the refurbishment works for the Sean McDermott Street swimming pool and provide estimated re-opening dates

 

Reply:

Dublin City Council approved the engagement of the contractor who submitted the lowest           tender in September 2013. This contractor subsequently withdrew their tender in October         2013. Dublin City Council then approved the engagement of the contractor with the next         lowest tender. Following the appointment of this contractor on the 23rd October 2013 there is    a requirement that the contractor submit documentation including the following - tax clearance     cert, insurance cert, health and safety statement, a bond and other relevant documents. This   contractor is currently in the process of complying with these requirements.

 

   

 

Q66      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: for a report on any dealing Dublin City Council has had with Dublin Bus in relation to the bus terminus on Infirmary Road

 

Reply:

A letter was forwarded to Dublin Bus regarding the matter.  Please see attached copy of the reply received from them.

 

 

Q67      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to provide an update on the Shared Ownership Scheme and whether there are any proposed changes to the current situation

 

Reply:

 

The Shared Ownership Scheme was introduced in 1991 and was designed to facilitate access to home ownership to those who were unable to buy a home outright with a conventional mortgage.  The Scheme was successful in achieving its main objective of making homeownership more accessible.  However, the Scheme’s structure and operation has resulted in longer term difficulties for some borrowers in repaying and clearing their loans.  New loans under the Shared Ownership Scheme are no longer provided by Dublin City Council.

The Housing Agency was requested by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to carry out a review of the Scheme. The purpose of the review is to highlight the difficulties for borrowers and to make proposals for amendments to the Scheme so that the existing Scheme is more affordable to borrowers without having a major impact financial impact for the local authorities.  The review is ongoing.

 

           

 

Q68      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to confirm whether there is a legal requirement to provide signage indicating the presence of CCTV monitoring illegal dumping in a public area

 

Reply:

 

            In accordance with Dublin City Council’s CCTV Code of Practice:-

Signs should be placed so that the public are aware that they are entering an area which is covered by a CCTV system.  These signs should be clearly visible and legible to members of the public.  Such signs should contain the following information:-

  • The identity of the person or organisation responsible for the CCTV scheme.
  • The purpose of the scheme.
  • Details of who to contact regarding the scheme.

 

 

 

Q69      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to provide a report on the Halloween festivities in the Cabra area.  Did Dublin City Council provide funding for any activities in the area over the Halloween period

 

Reply:

 

            During the Halloween period DCC staff worked with community groups and organisations to deliver and co-ordinate activities in Cabra and offer assistance with events. This year activities took place from Tuesday 29th  of October to Friday 1st November catering for families, young people and seniors. Events were held in Cabra Parkside, Finbarrs G.A.A. Club and Santa Maria Day Care Centre. There was a Parade from John Paul Park to St Finbarrs on Halloween at 5.30. Other activities included Kayaking, Fishing, Drop- ins and scary movies night  with Cabra for Youth, Seniors Halloween Party, Fun Quiz, Family  Fun Day, Scary Mountain Trip  and Annamoe Youth Club ran activities for their group including visits to the Axis Centre and the Circus.

DCC through its community development small grant scheme provide funding to community groups and organisations for activities and events. Some of the groups benefiting from grants and hosted events events are:  Cabra CDP, St Finbarrs G.A.A. Club, Cabra History Group, Santa Maria Day Care Centre, Annamoe Youth and Cabra Bowls Club. Approximately €1500 is given specifically for Halloween.

 

 

Q70      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to detail the expenditure by Dublin City Council on Halloween festivities in any other area

Reply:

North West Area Office
The Finglas Halloween Festival costs €34,000 to stage.  Just under 5,000 people attended the event which included activities from 11.00am to 9.30 pm.

Ballymun “Otherworld Festival” 2013.

            The Ballymun Otherworld Festival is managed by the Ballymun Festival Steering Committee. This group is made up of representatives form the various youth project, axis and the members of the public. The group is chaired by the Senior Community Officer who is also the Festival Director for Otherworld. The festival is funded by the Dublin City Council with assistance from BRL, BLDTF and Poppintree Youth Project. The group works in close partnership with An Garda Síochana for this event. Dublin City Council provides the core “Event Management” Staff and Festival Administration staff. The Festival costs €45,000 to produce

The Otherworld festival opened on the 1st October with a series of work shops in Schools and Youth Centres through out the area.

  • 1,000 art pieces where produced in primary schools,
  • Large scale art pieces where produced by BRYR, Ballymun Women’s Resource centre and Poppintree Youth Project. PYP held a series of work shops for 18 to 25 year olds who assembled 20 special bikes for the event.
  • Axis held a series of dance work shops for young women who performed on festival night. Over 400 people performed on the night.

 

Stage 1.            This was a large covered stage displaying Music and Dance from 6:15 until 8:45. This stage was linked to our Pop up TV Station, Mun TV and featured a group of young people who travelled from Holland to take part in the event along side young people from Ballymun
Stage 2             This was a large covered stage displaying Music and Dance from 6:15 until 8:45. The stage featured a range of entertainment including a dance troupe from Santry.
Stage 3             Open air circus ring displaying Circus acts (Circus Gerbola)
Stage 4             Small covered stage Displaying Music 6:15 until 8:30
Stage 5             Small covered stage Displaying Magician (Silly Billy)
Stage 6             Small covered stage Displaying Music (Mexican musicians)

There were three entertainment installations

  • Haunted house produced and managed by BRYR
  • Arts and Crafts, produced and managed by BRYR
  • Arts and Crafts, produced and managed by the rediscovery Centre

An estimated 4,500 crossed through the festival village on Halloween night. An additional 2,500 congregated in the shopping centre car parks to view the fire works display.

 

South Central Area Office
The Crumlin Area Office made a contribution of €2,500 towards a 'Halloween Fright Night' at Drimnagh Castle on 30th October 2013.

The Community Section made a contribution of €150 towards a Halloween parade including music and zombie dancing which took place on 29th October 2013.  The parade started and finished in Brú Crumlin, St. Agnes Road, Crumlin Village.

A total of €5,800 was spent by the Ballyfermot Area Office in support of Halloween         festivities.

Expenditure for other activities in the South Central Area included: -

€300 for the Mexican Ambassador's visit and Mexican Festival in Basin Lane.

€150 for Halloween Haunted Walk and Talk through the Liberties area.

€150 for St. Catherine's Church Family Event on Halloween night.

€150 for the Back of the Pipes Pumpkin Festival.

€350 for Fountain Resource Group week long Halloween activities.

€300 for Family Resource Centre, Inchicore, for week long Halloween activities.

South East Area Office
The South East Area spent €1,000 on Halloween Festivities for 2013.

The South East Area Office Multi-Sport Event in Cabbage Patch Pitch was cost neutral as the income from hiring the pitch to a number of groups covers the cost of this Event.

The Community Recreation Department also subsidised some Multi-Sport Events in Irishtown Stadium and Pearse Area Recreation Centre which cost approximately €300 for the hire of some sporting coaches and the facilities were provided free of charge.

North Central Area Office
Five fireworks displays took place on Halloween night in the North Central Area at a total cost of €11,000 inclusive of VAT.

Darndale Park – Fireworks display (run in conjunction with Darndale Belcamp Resource Centre, the Village Centre, Sphere 17, the New Life Centre, Darndale Belcamp Playground Project (DBPP) live with Samba music.  This was the culmination of a series of events running all day, i.e. junior witch walk; final of Darndale’s got Talent, Thriller, fire eaters, goodie bags etc.  We also had a visit from “Predator”, “Iron Man”, “Transformer” and “Terminator”, followed by a fancy dress parade, which was escorted by 30 volunteers up to the fireworks.

Donnycarney – May Park (run in conjunction with Donnycarney West Community Association & other local groups).  This was the first time this location was used for such an event and it was organised over a short period of time with local community groups.

Kilbarrack – Fireworks display, Roseglen Football Pitch (run in conjunction with the Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme KCCP).

Donaghmede Park – Fireworks display (run in conjunction with the Donaghmede Estate Residents Association).

Edenmore Crescent Park – Fireworks display (run in conjunction with the Safety Assoication for Edenmore SAFE) at 8.15pm.  This followed events in Saint Monica’s Youth Club and a parade to the venue.

Approximately €1,000 was also spent on supporting Halloween Children’s parties, bringing the total spend on Halloween festivities in the North Central Area to approximately €12,000.

Central Area Office
There are 7 City Council Recreation Centres in the Central Area which ran major Halloween Programmes with significant financial support from the City Council.

In addition, the City Council supported the major Halloween festivals in East Wall and North Wall.  As well as the Cabra area activities were also promoted in the MACRO Centre.  (For details re Halloween festivities in Cabra, please see reply to Q.69).

Total financial contribution in the Central Area was approximately €10,000.

 

 

Q71      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to provide an update on the application for a house extension to alleviate overcrowding for Jean Marshall, 87 Drumcliffe Road, Cabra, Dublin 7

 

Reply:

            This tenant's application for an extension to alleviate overcrowding has been placed        on our waiting list. There are currently three cases ahead of this tenant on the waiting list.
           
No further extensions to alleviate overcrowding can be considered until the extent of
            the funding for extensions for 2014 has been ascertained.

            It should be noted that due to the constraints on funding for our extensions        programme priority is given to applications for extensions on grounds of          disability/medical/mobility.

 

 

Q72      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager (details supplied).

Details supplied: to answer the following questions in relation to grants for Overcrowding and Disabled Extension applications?

  • How many extensions to alleviate overcrowding and extensions for disabled tenants have been carried out in the last 5 years?
  • How many applications for extensions to alleviate overcrowding and extensions for disabled tenants are currently live?
  • How many applications for extensions to alleviate overcrowding and extensions for disabled tenants have been approved?
  • How many applications for extensions to alleviate overcrowding and extensions for disabled tenants are currently on hold?
  • What budget has been made available from Department of the Environment for extensions to alleviate overcrowding and extensions for disabled tenants for the last 5 years?

 

Reply:

a)         A total of 30 extensions to alleviate overcrowding have been carried out in the last 5 years.
                        A total of 48 extensions for disabled tenants have been carried out in the last
                        5 years.

b)         There are currently 303 live applications for extensions to alleviate overcrowding.
                        There are currently 104 live applications for extensions for disabled people.
               
c)         263 applications for extensions to alleviate overcrowding have been approved in principle and put on the waiting list. A further 40 applications have yet to be approved.
                        104 applications for extensions for disabled people have been approved in                    principle.
14 high priory medical cases are on the waiting list for works to be carried out.  A further 6 disabled persons extensions are at the planning or tendering stage due to commence in the coming months.
90 of the 104 Disabled Extensions have been awarded a moderate or low priority and are not being considered in the medium to long term due to ongoing budgetary constraints.  

d)         263 applications for extension to alleviate overcrowding are currently on hold due to budgetary constraints and the fact that priority within our budget is given to medical/disabled persons applications.
90 applications for extensions for disabled people are on hold due to the moderate and low medical priority status allocated to these cases.

  •       The budgets are set out below:

 

2012     €1,661,596
2011     €430,587
2010     €711,120
2009     €3,147,026
2008     €0

                        The budget to date for 2013 is €300,000.

An assessment and review of all applications for extensions on grounds of overcrowding and on medical grounds is scheduled to commence in December 2013.