Dublin City Council

 

Question to City Manager               City Council Meeting 09/05/2011

 

Q67.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the City Manager request a viewing of the bricks removed from the
            17-18 Henry Place, Dublin 1, site in January on instruction of the Dangerous Buildings section?  Councillor Ring and myself wish to attend the viewing.  I have requested a viewing from the current owners of the site but they have informed me that they will only deal directly with Dublin City Council.

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The salvaged bricks removed from the walls of 17-18 Henry Place are the property of Chartered Land.  The Dangerous Buildings Section has no function in relation to those bricks.

The Area Dangerous Buildings Inspector has inspected the said bricks at the invitation of Chartered Land.

 

Q68.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager detail the conservation grants available to those who own houses on the Protected Structures List.

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government’s usual grants scheme has been suspended at national level for financial reasons.  A Structures at Risk Fund was introduced this year by the Department, but only two nominated buildings per local authority were allowed.  Dublin City Council has forwarded Aldborough House, Portland Row and 20-21 Parnell Square for consideration.  The former Hume Street Hospital was included as an extra nomination, in the event that extra monies are allocated.

 

Q69.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager confirm the amount of money available to the Housing Department for the purchase of “Buy Backs” not including those units purchased for de-tenanting? Can he provide a breakdown by area.

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The level of funding available nationally to support the Social Housing Investment Programme has been reduced significantly in 2011.  This is in part due to economic circumstances and partly due to the focus of social housing delivery shifting away from reliance on construction and acquisition towards a greater role for more flexible delivery mechanisms, including the Rental Accommodation Scheme and the Social Leasing Initiative.  Consequently Dublin City Council is not in a position to purchase “Buy Backs” in 2011 with the exception of acquisitions to facilitate the de-tenanting process and for exceptional cases.

 

Q70.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager confirm that DCC recognise the value of staff employed locally in council facilities such as our Sports and Community centres? Can the Manager confirm that it is not DCC policy to move locally based staff without good reason.

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
Dublin City Council has a long established and union agreed proactive staff mobility policy whereby all staff are subject to transfer at regular intervals.  This policy has benefits for the organisation with newly transferred staff in sections bringing their experience and new ideas to refresh services.  It also gives staff wider varied experience encouraging and promoting personal and career development.