Dublin City Council

 

Question to City Manager                           City Council Meeting 14/01/2013

 

Q130.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            In relation to Q102 for the December City Council meeting can the Manager detail the 35 locations where CPO’s were implemented since 2000?

            CITY MANAGERS REPLY
The locations where the 35 CPO’s were implemented since 2000 are itemised below

Rathmines Road / Maxwell Road

Pigeon House Road Foreshore Area Compulsory.

Summerhill Place Area

Ballybough Road

Finglas Village Finglas Village-Seamus Ennis Road-Mellows Road-North Road Area

Howth Road Brookwood Avenue Area

Chapelizod Road Springvale area

Darthmouth Square Area

Grangegorman 

Westmoreland Street College Green College Green area

Finglas Road /Tolka Valley Road

O'Devaney Gardens

Richmond Street South Area

Usher Street no 3[part of]

Ballybough Rd/Sackville Ave

East Wall Rd (No. 1)

East Wall Rd (No. 2)

James Street Bow Lane

Terenure Rd North/ Whitton Rd Area

Ashtown Grove / Kinvara Grove / Park Road

Braithwaite St.(Nos. 29, 30 & 31)

Church St. / Hammond Lane

Dolphin's Barn/St. James's Tce./Dolphin's Barn St.

Dorset St. Upr. / Wellington St. Lr. / Mountjoy St. / St. Mary's Place

Pigeon House Rd. / Shellybanks Rd.

Bridgefoot St. / Usher's Island / Island St.

Cork St. (Premises No. 87)

Killeen Road

Kylemore Rd./Jamestown Rd.

O'Connell St. Upr./Moore St./O'Rahilly Pde/Henry Place

Silloge Road (Esso Filling Station)

Clonshaugh Rd./Newbury Estate/Riverside Park Area

Gardiner St. Middle/Belmont Place/Langrishe Place

Lourdes Rd./Emerald Sq./St.James' Walk

Ormond Quay Upr./Charles St. West

           
Q131.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager provide a detailed report on the consultation process for the proposed SDZ for the Docklands area? Can he include the following?
a) A list of all organisations or groups involved in the consultation process and the level of involvement
b) A list of all individuals involved in the consultation process and their level of involvement
c) How were the above organisations, groups or individuals chosen to participate in the consultation process?  
d) Local Councillor input to the consultation process
e) Public consultation events and the method of advertising such events
f)  Copies of any material advertising any consultation events.

 

            CITY MANAGERS REPLY
            A comprehensive public consultation process has been undertaken to date (and is continuing) in relation to the proposed SDZ, and in advance of the statutory consultation process envisaged to be carried out in the Spring of 2013, which will afford further opportunities to engage with the process.  The consultation to date includes the following:

  • 3 Docklands Board meetings, 2 City Council meetings, 2 Community Liaison Council Meetings and 2 progress reports to the South East and Central Area Committees, in addition to an update to TD’s and Senators. Here
  • Well attended workshops took place during November in relation to Infrastructure, Economy, Social Regeneration and Urban Design. Here
  • A street survey was carried out 27th October - 7th November by The Studio which involved validated responses from 537 people at 7 locations in the Docklands. Here
  • 8 half day sessions have been held, during October-December 2012, covering topics ranging from housing policy to experiences from other SDZ’s. Here
  • 4 special sessions are currently being undertaken in relation to the Seniors Forum, Youth Forum, Youth Care and Residents Associations.

 

In relation to the specific requests :

a) A list of all organisations or groups involved in the consultation process and the level of involvement
A summary of the consultation programme is attached which details the type and date of consultation held. The invitees are indicated on the attached consultation programme and a list of all organisations invited to participate is also appended.

b) A list of all individuals involved in the consultation process and their level of involvement
Apart from the On-Street Conversations where individuals were specifically targeted as representative of the general public, individuals attending consultation events were invited in their capacity as representing their organisation. Therefore, the list of organisations is considered appropriate in this regard.

 

c) How were the above organisations, groups or individuals chosen to participate in the consultation process?  
The City Council combined its own databases of organisations used for consultation from the Planning Department and Area Offices with the databases of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.

d) Local Councillor input to the consultation process
3 local Councillors are nominated to the Advisory Group for the Docklands SDZ Planning Scheme, which is established to oversee progress on the making of the Planning Scheme. This Group is also chaired by the Lord Mayor.

The attached consultation programme outlines presentations to the City Council, Area Committees and TDs/Senator meetings. In addition, the City Council is represented by 5 local Councillors on the Docklands Council who have received regular briefings on progress on consultation to date.

e) Public consultation events and the method of advertising such events
As per attached and above.

f)  Copies of material advertising any consultation events (attached).

 

Q132.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager comment on the decision by Greyhound Recycling to begin charging for the previously free recyclable waste material collection in the bag collection areas in Dublin city? Does he consider this an abuse of the monopoly situation Greyhound has in these areas? Is this action in contravention of DCC policy of reuse/recycle as there is now less incentive to recycle for residents in bag collection areas?

 

CITY MANAGERS REPLY
The City Council transferred the waste collection service to Greyhound Recycling and Recovery via an Asset Purchase Agreement on 16th January 2012. As part of the Asset Purchase Agreement, Greyhound agreed to maintain the waste collection charges for 2012 at the same level charged by the City Council on 16th January 2012, with the proviso that an increase would be applied to take account of the landfill levy increase imposed by legislation from 1st July 2012. Thereafter, the setting of charges for the waste collection service provided by Greyhound is a matter between the company and their customers.

Greyhound recently notified its customers of the range and cost of services available for 2013 which included a notification to bag customers. This notification indicated a charge of €1.50 per recycling bag with the charge for residual black bag waste remaining at €3.50 per bag. Greyhound has indicated that the charge was necessary from a commercial basis due to the cost of providing a bag collection service with specific reference to the continuing high cost of distribution of bags compounded by a fall in the market value of recyclables. An alternative to the charge imposed for the recycling bags was to increase the charge for the black bag to cover the entire service. However this was not considered appropriate as it would not deal with situations where households make use of the recycling collection service without contributing to the cost of the service through the purchase of black bags.

 

Q133.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager provide a detailed report on the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Complaints Hotline which is advertised on the Dublin City Council website? How many calls have been passed to DCC from this service since its inception? What is the relationship between this service and the DCC Litter Hotline?

 

CITY MANAGERS REPLY
The Environmental Protection Agency has recently expanded the national waste line (a confidential telephone service) to a full national environmental complaints line. This will serve to encourage reporting of environmental pollution, including water and air pollution, fly-tipping, and illegal dumping of waste.  Members of the public can report pollution or illegal dumping via this 24 hour lo-call telephone number 1850 365 121. Local authorities and/or the Gardaí and the EPA will follow up on the information provided by the public.
When a member of the public calls the line, he/she is answered by a person, round the clock, seven days a week. The details of the complaint, such as location, nature of the complaint, and the complainant's contact details are recorded and passed to the relevant local authority. The Council then assesses and investigates the complaint as appropriate. This national environmental complaints line is the latest initiative by NIECE (the Network for Irelands Environmental Compliance and Enforcement) which includes the EPA, all Local Authorities, the Gardaí and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. 
It is important to remember that members of the public should contact their local Council directly with their complaints in the first instance. However, the new national environmental complaints line is particularly beneficial during out of office hours as the caller will reach a person who can take the details of their complaint and pass it on to the Council. It is worth noting that almost 40% of calls to the EPA Hotline are received outside office hours.
The development of this national environmental complaints line leads on from the success of the ‘Dump the Dumpers’ phoneline, set up specifically to handle complaints relating to large scale dumping and other illegal waste activities; and the See Something? Say Something environmental complaints campaigns. The wider scope of this line was tested during a pilot project involving 4 local authorities which included Dublin City Council. This proved successful and has been therefore expanded to all 34 local authorities and extended to incorporate all environmental complaints. 
The City Council has received details of approx 1,700 environmental complaints over the last 2 years with the majority relating to waste issues. The EPA hotline is considered a beneficial complimentary service to our own Litter Hotline which is operated during office hours.