Dublin City Council


Question to City Manager                           City Council Meeting 05/12/2011

            To ask the Manager to confirm the timescale for completion of work on the
            playground at Fairview Park scheduled to begin in December.
            Could details be provided of exactly what works are due to take place?
Could the Manager outline lines of communication that exist (or could be created) to ensure that the local community and park users are updated on the progress of the works, possible delays and/or changes to the planned works?
While Fairview Park is situated in the North Central Area a large proportion of users live in neighbourhoods covered by the Central Area Committee. Can the Manager ensure that Councillors in the Central Area are kept fully informed of issues relating to the park, and that community groups in areas such as East Wall, North Strand and Ballybough are recognised as having a role to play in developing Fairview as a suitable amenity for all.


The schedule for completion of the Fairview Park Improvements project is mid May 2012.  The features included in the design of this park improvement work include the playground, performance area, seasonal bedding and passive recreational area and are based on requirements identified through the course of the public consultation events and interaction with the public at the park in 2010, subject to the availability of specific resources. 

The site is that area of the park north of the main avenue which was directly impacted when the open cut works of the Dublin Port Tunnel Project were located in Fairview Park.  The extent of the area of works, approximately 7380 sq. metres and the main playground is approximately 2020 sq. metres.  The work included in the contract consists of the supply and installation of specified play equipment, safety surface, ancillary items, and associated circulation and open space areas including Skate Area, Interactive Play Area and Open Air Performance Area, with materials, seating and lighting as included in the specifications of contract.  Contact can be made with Parks and Landscape Services Division or with the consultants supervising the contract on behalf of Dublin City Council (Brady Shipman, Martin), during the course of works.  With the specification of the contract in place changes to the planned works are not currently envisaged and any modification to the schedule should it occur must be fully clarified to the project supervisors.

Councillors through the area structures for both North Central Area and the Central Area will be advised of any changes that may be required during the project as they arise.  Communities from the area indicated in the council question are recognised in having a role and view with regard to improvements to the neighbourhood park of Fairview Park.


            Can the Manager outline the Fire Safety Certification process for new developments as conducted by Dublin City Council?
Can the Manager detail, on an annual basis, the number of developments requiring Fire Safety Certification over the last 5 years?
Can the Manager detail, on an annual basis, the number of developments which had a physical inspection by Fire Officer prior to occupation to ensure compliance with Fire Safety Certification over the last 5 years?
Can the Manager list any developments which failed Fire Safety Certification and detail the resulting actions? 

            The Fire Safety Certification process is laid down under the Building Control Acts and associated regulations.  The Building Control System is essentially pre-emptive.  It is based on the principle of identifying problems at design stage, so that the   building can be built to a set of plans, which have been approved and for which a Fire Safety Certificate is granted.  Fire Safety Certificate applications when submitted are validated and assessed by the Fire Authority, and having considered the application a recommendation is made to the manager to grant the certificate, grant the certificate with conditions or refuse the certificate, as the case may be.

            A fire safety certificate granted shall only be construed as certifying that the building
            or works, if constructed in accordance with the plans, documents and information
            submitted, would comply with the requirements with Part B of the Second Schedule
            to the Building Regulations.

            There were 3,236 fire safety certificate applications received from 2007 to-date. 
            There is no requirement in the building control system for the fire officer to be notified
            of either the construction, or the completion and occupation of the building. 
            However, there were 801 inspections of building work in progress to June 2011. 
            The building control function in connection with all buildings under construction,
            including the delivery of approved fire safety design, is a function of the Building
            Control Section. The total figures mentioned above are broken down on an annual basis as follows:






















            There were 153 refusals.  In cases where an application fails to show compliance
            with the requirements with Part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations
            the certificate is refused.  Subsequent to discussions with the designer, a new Fire
            Safety             Certificate application may be submitted.


            To ask the Manager if the protected structure of the Shriver Bridge at Sheriff Street is structurally sound, in particular if the structural integrity of the gantry and the iron supports are maintained.  Can the Manager confirm if any works are needed to maintain the structural integrity of the protected structure in particular the iron gantry.


An inspection and structural assessment of Spencer Bridge over Royal Canal at   Sheriff Street was carried out in October 2008.  In general the bridge was found to be             structurally sound and capable of carrying permitted loads.  There is some localised      corrosion to the machinery platform but the machinery was removed some years     ago      and does not present a structural problem.  The bridge is not a protected structure.            This year the Road Maintenance Division carried out repairs to the timber          footways         on the bridge and also secured some of the palisade fencing on the bridge that was           dislodged during a period of windy weather.


            To ask the Manager can he confirm if any commitment had been received from Central Government to provide the funding required to address the serious flooding issues in the Dublin area?
Can the Manager also provide me with a copy of the current Major Emergency Plan?


The Government has made available additional funding through the Department of Social Protection subject to complying with certain eligibility requirements.  All applications are made via the Department of Social Protection representatives (formerly known as Community Welfare Officers).  Flooding locations known to Dublin City Council have been forwarded to the Department of Social Protection to assist the Department of Social Protection representatives.

A flooding review meeting has taken place between Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW) following the October 24th flooding.  At that meeting the OPW were informed that a more detailed report will be presented to the December Environment & Engineering Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) meeting.  They are aware of a number of areas where funding for schemes is required and are prepared to consider funding applications.

The Major Emergency Plan is available for download from Dublin City Council’s website and from Dubnet.  A hard copy is available to the Councillor, if required.