Central Area Committee October

 

Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 09th October 2012

 

 

Q65      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide a comprehensive reply to the following questions relating to the difficulties with the drains on Jarlath Road in Cabra? I have been raising this issue since November 2010 (Q.45)
a)  How many callouts to resolve the drainage issue have taken place this year?
b)  How many callouts to resolve the drainage issue have taken place in 2011?
c)  How many callouts to resolve the drainage issue have taken place in 2010?
d)  What alleviation work has been carried out previously?
e)  What is the plan to resolve this problem permanently?

 

               

 

            Reply:

  • Drainage Maintenance have visited St. Jarlath’s Road four times in 2012, twice for sewer cleaning, once to check sewer and once for gully cleaning.
  • Drainage Maintenance visited 3 times in 2011, once for sewer cleaning, once to investigate private drain for housing, and one follow up visit.
  • Drainage Maintenance visited 11 times in 2010, seven times to check mains, once for gully cleaning, twice for sewer cleaning, once to check sewer and once to lay rat poison.

d)&e)    The public sewer here is operating normally, and Drainage Maintenance do
not propose to carry out further works.  Drainage Maintenance attends approx 11,000 locations on public sewers a year (excluding scheduled gully cleaning) on the northside.  The above figures would be roughly average for residential street.

The issue of ponding on the cul-de-sac has been referred to Road Maintenance.  The area between 17-55 St.Jarlath’s Road does not have any gullies installed at present.  Recent re-instatements on the cul-de-sac have prevented some rainwater from running off onto the main road, causing ponding.  Issues concerning private drains are the responsibility of the property owner to resolve. 

 

Q66      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to report on the issue of water lodging within the cul de sac between 17 and 55 St. Jarlath Road.  The problem has increased since reinstatement work was carried out. I raised this issue at the December 2011 CAC meeting (Q.65)

 

               

 

            Reply:

The cul-de-sac between 17 – 55 St. Jarlath’s Road does not have any gullies installed at present, therefore there is no drainage infrastructure on the road for Drainage to maintain.  Recent re-instatements on the cul-de-sac have prevented some rainwater from running off onto the main road, causing ponding.

Roads Maintenance will inspect this location within the next two weeks and a report will issue to the Councillor directly.

 

Q67      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to detail the procedure for the residents of Enniskerry Road to extend the current Pay and Display, from Monday to Friday 7.00-19.00, to also cover the weekend

 

                Reply:

 

A request for examination of the pay and display and permit parking operational hours on Enniskerry Road has been received and is currently listed on the Traffic Advisory Groups agenda for examination and reply.

 

 

Q68      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager in terms of planning can the Manager explain the difference between a Class 1 shop and a Class 2 shop? Can he also detail the number and location of outlets granted planning permission for Financial Services in the Dublin Central area over the last three years?

 

            Reply:
         

Class 1 relates to use of a premises as a shop. Examples of this would be a newsagent, grocery store, clothes shop or any other retail type shop.

Class 2 relates to any premises in use for the provision of -,

  • Financial services (examples would be use as a bank, building society or credit union)

 

  • Professional services, other than health or medical services (examples would be use by solicitors or architects)
  • Any other service (including use as a betting office) where the services are provided principally to visiting members of the public.

 

From carrying out a search of DCC Planning Register for permissions granted for Financial Services in the Dublin Central Area in 2010,2011 and 2012, there is only one application showing up on this search the details of which are outlined below.

Planning Application 2542/10 at 6-8 GPO Arcade, Dublin 1final grant issued on 8/07/2012 for “change of use of part of the first floor accommodation from retail storage space to financial services office (money transfer) with direct access from the Arcade at ground floor level. Works to include a new entrance door and roller shutter to be installed at the ground floor front entrance.

 

Q69      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to request 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. Can the Manager give an estimated cost of this installation?

 

               

 

            Reply:

Installing railings at this location without the installation of gates/locks etc would be of limited value.  Costings for the installation of gates and railings are currently being sought, however initial indications are that the costings will be prohibitive.  Our Electrical Services Section have been requested to check all lighting in this complex.

A further response will issue directly to the Councillor

 

 

Q70      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to detail the actions Dublin City Council intend to take to tackle the consistent illegal dumping at a single spot at McKee Barracks facing Dunard Estate on Blackhorse Avenue

 

               

 

            Reply:

Litter Wardens have removed bags from this location and have searched them for evidence.  No evidence was found.  We will continue to remove and search bags from this location with a view to finding evidence to facilitate a prosecution.

 

 

 

 

Q71      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to detail the cost of the installation of the swales on Drumcliffe Green and Killala Green

 

               

 

            Reply:

 

The total cost of the installation of the swales in Killala and Drumcliffe as well as the alteration to the existing swale at Glendu Park is €342,560.

This involved:

  • Installation of over 200m of surface water sewers of varying sizes.
  • Construction of 6 No. manholes
  • Excavation and disposal of 3500m3 of subsoil/topsoil
  • Installation of 300m of filter drains
  • 3500m2 of grass seeding, levelling, topsoiling and landscaping works
  • Fabrication of 4 No. galvanised steel grills
  • Site security for the duration of the works
  • Site clean up

 

 

 

Q72      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide an update on the proposed use of Chester House

 

               

 

            Reply:

 

Dublin City Council re-iterates its confirmation that Chester House will not be used for the purpose of homeless services. As has been planned for some considerable time, the use of Chester House will be for the purpose of long-term tenancies with support to assist the tenants.  This service will be operated by Dublin Simon as a Housing Association.

As agreed, a communications process will recommence once matters have concluded in terms of taking possession of the building, this will include liaison with the elected representatives and local area residents groups

 

Q73      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager are Dublin City Council responsible for the Office of the Returning Officer?

 

               

 

            Reply:

 

             
The City Sheriff is the Returning Officer for General Elections, Referenda and Presidential Elections.  The City Manager appoints a Returning Officer for the Local Elections in Dublin City.

The City Sheriff is not an employee of Dublin City Council.

 

 

Q74      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide a full breakdown of all unoccupied housing units under the remit of Dublin Council in the Cabra area detailing the following:-

a)         The address of each unit under repair
b)         How long each unit under repair has been in Dublin City Council
             possession.
c)         When they are likely to be ready for letting

 

               

 

            Reply:

 

A breakdown of void units in the Cabra area will be sent directly to Cllr. Perry, within one week.