Dublin City Council

 

Question to City Manager               City Council Meeting 06/12/2010

 

Q112.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Can the Manager report on the monetary amount of commercial rates currently outstanding to Dublin City Council and what monetary amount of outstanding commercial rates are expected to remain uncollected or written-off.

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
Rates discharged for the year to week ending 27th November 2010 was 80.59% which is 3% back on 2009.  The amount outstanding is €67m.  I estimate that by year end total write off of €20m (€12.6m already written off) and a debtor carried into 2011 of €45m.

 

Q113.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager provide a complete report on the activities/ meetings/ reports/ achievements/plans of the Creative Dublin Alliance?

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The Creative Dublin Alliance
The purpose of the Creative Dublin Alliance is to identify, discuss, recommend, distribute and implement solutions in response to the challenges that Dublin faces as an international competitive city region.  It is currently chaired by the Dublin City Manager and members include the Lord Mayor, the Chair of the Regional Authority, senior level staff from Dublin’s Local Authorities, Universities, State Agencies, and reps. from Business and the Not-for-Profit Sector. The Alliance meets approximately six times per year.  The first meeting of the Alliance was held on May 1st, 2008 and 17 meetings have been held since its establishment.

The secretariat of the Alliance is provided by the Economic Development Unit of Dublin City Council, who also co-ordinate the work programmes.  It does not have a dedicated executive or a budget assigned as it is a leadership group identifying synergies and innovative collaborations across organisations, rather than an operational organisation in its own right.  Budgets for projects come from within existing resources.

The Objectives of the Alliance:

  • Create a clear vision that unifies around the strengths and future potential of Dublin City Region
  • Build a Dublin Region that is supportive of its people by encouraging innovation and enterprise
  • Continue to grow an internationally renowned higher education and research sector
  • Communicate, show and engage people in the variety of entrepreneurial initiatives that are occurring in the Dublin City Region
  • Encourage an open, merit-based, tolerant and inclusive society that promotes well-being
  • Develop a high quality information, communications and transport network

 

Key Projects
The Alliance assists in developing creative solutions for the challenges Dublin faces by executing on and facilitating selected projects.  There are eleven projects currently:

Innovation Dublin: A festival showcasing, promoting and inspiring innovation and creativity in Dublin.  The first Innovation Dublin was held from October 14th to 20th 2009.  There were 465 events organised across the City Region by 54 partner organisations, companies (both local SME’s and Multi-National Corporations), universities and public sector bodies.  A website was created at www.innovationdublin.ie and an online social media network established. Innovation Dublin 2010 ran from November 10th to 21st.  Preparation on a full report on the festival is currently underway.

Economic Development Action Plan for the Dublin City Region: Positioning the Dublin City Region, the engine of Ireland’s economy, as a significant hub in the European knowledge economy with a network of thriving spatial and sectoral clusters and a magnet for creative talent and investment.  The cornerstone of the Action Plan is its delivery across the City Region which is the administrative area of the four Dublin Local Authorities.  Its framework is the delivery of actions across the three strands of developing Smart Leadership – Smart People – Smart City. The CDA proofed the plan prior to presentation to the four local authorities.  

City Identity – Discovering Dublin’s True Potential: An active research project by Marketing and Design students of UCD Smurfit Business School and DIT respectively working with the Creative Dublin Alliance and The Brand Union to give a focused rethink about what Dublin offers and what it can offer in the future. The research identifies what is valuable about the city that its businesses, institutions and residents want to retain, that will attract investors, visitors and talent and that will make commentators and influencers recommend the city.  The research culminated in an exhibition in the Civic Offices during Innovation Dublin, and over January – March will tour the three other Dublin Local Authorities.
 
Designing Dublin: A project that engages individuals in a design process that generates collaboration, invents solutions and builds entrepreneurship by giving individuals the opportunity to interact with Dublin City as a living laboratory.  The teams are made up of local authority staff working with volunteers in the City.  A pilot project ran from September – November 2009 called ‘Finding the Hidden Potential of Place’ in Clongriffin, which identified 3 projects - the Community Hub, Path to the Coast and Grown Local.  Phase two of the project, Love The City, is running for six months from September 2010 to March 2011 and is focusing on the City Centre.
  
UniverCities: Establishing a ‘creativity and innovation’ alliance between local government, universities and research institutions to trade experience, opinion, research and share outputs that are of tangible value to both the universities and the City, to align the teaching and research programmes of the universities and institutes with the needs of the city, and to ventilate research ideas and provide exposure for student work.  The partners of the alliance are Dublin City Council and the seven 7 Universities and Colleges in the Dublin Region (DIT / DCU/ UCD/ NCAD / GradCAM/ NUIM / Trinity).  It is aligned with the UK based Academy of Urbanism.

City Indicators & International Benchmarking: Identifying measurements of the city’s performance that will inform future policies, including the Economic Action Plan, and enable the benchmarking of Dublin with other cities worldwide.

Network Mapping: To identify the formal and informal cross-agency / cross-sectoral alliances and linkages that exist across key players in Dublin in order to capture existing and potential knowledge networks and information flows and benefits that accrue as well as weaknesses or gaps in participation of the networks.  DIT is the lead partner in this project and a working group is currently being formed.

The Fifth Province Citizen Engagement Project: A multi-platform project to engage Dubliners in contributing to their city via discussion forums events, web presence and project initiatives.  The purpose is to develop a clear vision of unique strengths and future potential of the city; to articulate a model of engaged cultural citizenship; to engage critically and reflexively with citizens; this project is at early planning stage which DCU are leading on and a working group is currently being established to scope out the methodology, time span, necessary participants and the resources necessary to deliver this project.

DataDublin: DataDublin is developing an Open Data Framework for public sector data to be made available to entrepreneurs, researchers and individuals to support the developing innovation eco-system.  The lead drivers of the initiative are Dublin City Council and Maynooth University, working in partnership with the MNC and SME business sectors.  DataDublin is still in planning stages and will be publicly launched in early 2011.

IBM Smart City Collaboration: In March 2010, IBM announced it had chosen Dublin to set up its first ‘Smarter Cities Technology Centre’, where IBM researchers will work with the city authorities, universities, small and large businesses to research, develop and commercialise new ways of making city systems more connected, sustainable and intelligent.  This was coupled with the four Dublin Local Authorities signing a Memorandum of Understanding to provide access to city data in the areas of Energy, Transport and Movement and making the city available as a Test-Bed for the development of new prototypes for more efficient and effective solutions to city challenges.  IBM has also become key partners with the Dublin Local Authorities and our Universities in the evolution of Innovation Dublin.  SmartCamp has been a key event within Innovation Dublin for both 2009 and 2010, and its expansion from an Irish to a Global competition over those two years is the essence of the festival, which showcases, promotes and supports the innovation that happens in Dublin to a growing international audience.

Sustainable Dublin Ventures: This initiative was launched during Innovation Dublin 2010 and creates a green network of researchers and entrepreneurs through Dublin’s universities, local government and businesses, both multi-nationals and small /medium enterprises.  The ambition is to leverage strong network players in Dublin GreenTech sector to brand Dublin as a Green Hub as an internationally competitive Green/CleanTech Network.  It is aligned to National Policy for Smart Green Economy and will link to the economic corridors and clustering plans in Economic Development Action Plan for the Dublin City Region

 

Q114.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Can the Manager provide a complete list of all premises which Dublin City Council rent, the duration of the leaseholds on these premises and the period of rental agreement for all these premises?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:

 

 

 

 

 

Term

Start

expiry

Local Area office

NW Inner City Housing

97-97A

Cabra Road

D. 7

  500 yrs

  25/03/1937

24/03/2437

Art Gallery

Hugh Lane Gallery

22

Parnell Square

D.1

  500 yrs

01/05/2006

30/04/2506

Local Area office

NEIC Regional Office

51/53

Sean Mc Dermott  Street Lower

D.1

  500 yrs

01/05/1843

30/04/2343

Local Area office

Crumlin Area Office

13

St. Agnes Road (Crumlin Village)

D.12

150 yrs

 29/09/1954

28/09/2104

Offices

Coroner's Office

3

Store Street

D. 1

500 yrs

00/00/1844

01/01/2344

Local Area office

Dorset St/Canal Area Office

53

Dorset Street Upr

D. 7

9,997 yrs

 12/05/1806

11/05/11803

Local Area office

Kilbarrack/Donaghmede Area Office

 

Unit 18 Greendale SC Greendale Road

D. 5

10 yrs

 01/03/2002

28/02/2012

Leisure Complex

Part of basement & part of Grd Flr only- Markievicz Leisure complex.& retail unit

 

Townsend Street

D. 2

988 yrs

01/01/1999

31/12/2987

Local Area office

Kilmainham/Inchichore Area Office

637-639

Circular Road South

D. 8

8 yrs

 01/07/2003

30/06/2011

Motor Tax Office

Clondalkin Motor Tax Office

 

Ninth Lock Road

D.22

20 yrs

 08/09/1999

07/09/2019

Motor Tax Office

Nutgrove Motor Tax Office

 

Nutgrove Ave

D.14

35 yrs

01/12/1985

30/11/2020

Re-cycling Depot

formerly Dublin Kerbside Re-cycling

 

Unit 8 Cookstown Industrial Estate

D.24

20 yrs

01/11/1999

31/10/2019

Rowing Centre

Municipal Rowing Centre

 

Chapelizod Road

D.8

21 yrs

 25/03/1992

24/03/2013

Local Area office

North West  Inner City Housing office

182 - 184

Ashleigh House - Flrs 1, 2 & 3 Parnell Street

D.1.

4 yrs & 9 mths

01/04/2006

01/01/2011

Offices

Waste Management office

2-3

Unit 1 Grd Flr & Flr 1 Parker Hill

D.6.

9 yrs & 6 mths

01/08/2004

31/01/2014

Offices

QBN Project Office

 

Flr 4 Verizon Building Pearse St/Erne St Lower

D. 2

4 yrs & 9 mths

01/01/2008

30/09/2012

Offices

Transport 21 Projects Liaison Office

2

Flr 3 Ocean House Arran Quay

D.7

10 yrs

 01/01/2008

01/01/2018

Offices

Procurement & Stores Management Unit

31-36

Flr 2 The Ormond Building Ormond Quay Upper

D.7

25 yrs

 01/01/2009

01/01/2034

Offices

DCC Staff Support Unit

 

Unit 2 Grd Flr Marshalsea Court Merchant's Quay

D.8

10 yrs

 01/01/2009

01/01/2019

Local Area office

 Ringsend & Pembroke Area office

 

Portview House- Unit B, Flr 1Thorncastle Street

D.4.

4 yrs & 9 mths

01/06/2006

28/02/2011

Offices

DCC PMDS Unit & Sports Section

 159-160

Capel Street

D.7

4 yrs & 9 mths

 01/09/2005

01/06/2010

Pumping Station

Sutton pumping station

 

Station Road,

n/a

999 yrs

01/01/1998

01/01/2997

Waste Management depot

 (Thornton's) Office and Warehouse Unit

 

Ballymun Industrial Estate

D.11

25 yrs

 03/04/2006

02/04/2031

Library

Donaghmede Library

 

Unit 48 Donaghmede Shopping Centre Donaghmede Road

D.13

35 yrs

30/06/1984

29/06/2019

Library

Finglas Library

 

Unit  14A Main Street

D.11

35 yrs

 01/11/1975

31/10/2010

Library

Ilac Library

 

Ilac Centre Henry Street

D.1.

35 yrs

01/11/1981

31/10/2016

Youth info Centre c/o E & C Dept. - vacant premises

 

 

Unit 1 -Sackville House Sackville Place

D.1.

35 yrs

01/10/1978

30/09/2013

Motor Tax office

 

 

Distillery Building Smithfield

D.7.

25 yrs

 01/07/2006

30/06/2031

Playschool

 

28

Stoneybatter

D.7.

300 yrs

01/06/1959

31/05/2259

Waterworks Depot

 

 

Islandbridge- part of Fabrizia Development South Circular Road

D.8.

500 yrs

 01/07/2002

30/06/2502

 

Q115.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
To ask the Manager, in relation to the swimming pools at Sean MacDermott Street, Crumlin and Coolock:

  • When it is expected that the finances available from the Department of Sport and Tourism for the pools will be drawn down,
  • Can an indication be given as to a timescale for the works to be completed using these funds,
  • Once the necessary works are completed will Dublin City Council undertake a campaign to promote greater pool use, highlighting the improvements,
  • Will the Manager outline how the community and user groups will be involved in partnership with DCC to use their local knowledge, expertise and commitment to ensure the pools are utilised to their full potential.

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
- The finance/grant has been received by Dublin City Council.
-  It is intended that all works will be completed in the first half of 2011.
- Initially, as soon as the revised hours are in place in January a promotion campaign will take place.  The local action groups and user groups / clubs will be contacted directly for their advice and to utilise their local knowledge and allow them participate in the campaign.  When the works are completed a further promotion campaign will be organised to advise the general public and groups that the pool works are complete.