2015 Motions and Questions

The following post details the Motions & Questions Raised by me in 2014:

  1. Tree Pruning Programme
  2. Playing Pitches at Elkwood
  3. Tree Pruning Programme – contractor suggestion
  4. Security of Firhouse to Tallaght Bridge
  5. Neighbourhood Watch and Dog Fouling Signage
  6. St. Colmcilles National School Parking Plans.
  7. Development Levy Revenues
  8. Neighbourhood Watch and Dog Fouling signage details
  9. Details on Tree Pruning Requests
  10. Reduce speed limits in housing estates.
  11. SDCC Customer Care query
  12. Neighbourhood watch signage installation timeframe query
  13. Status of Community Groups formed after PPN deadline.
  14. Query regarding number of accidents involving children in housing estates.
  15. Motion to suspend installation of water meters.
  16. Social housing units planned for site on Stocking Lane.
  17. Proposed new entrance to Knockcullen/Ashton/Elkwood
  18. Status of Dalriada Estate
  19. Barrier at the Gaelscoil Knocklyon
  20. Request for a cycle track from Scholarstown Roundabout to St. Colmcilles National School
  21. Flood relief measures in Castlefield.
  22. Anti-illegal dumping measures being put in place in Bohernabreena, Glenasmole, Gunney
  23. Removal of trees and shrubs in Coolamber
  24. Regulations governing the installation of wood burning stoves and chimneys on properties
  25. The legal position regarding SDCC trees damaging property
  26. Tenancies of RAS clients.
  27. Reject Irish Water’s call for extortionist call-out charges and second-fix fees
  28. Steps for Church View, Rathfarnham.
  29. Erect metal palisade fence at the entrance off St Colmcilles Way
  30. Ballyboden Road and Willbrook Drive – shrubs/trees pruned.
  31. Ballyroan stone marker on Marian Road.
  32. Social housing units approved  within the Rathfarnham, Terenure, Templeogue areas?
  33. Community Centres in the Rathfarnham, Terenure, Templeogue areas
  34. Neglected abandoned properties.
  35. Criteria for inclusion/exclusion of estates in Tree Pruning
  36. Ban on the sale of spray paint cans to combat the graffiti problem.
  37. Plan for the lands on St. Colmcilles Way
  38. Plans for homeless accommodation in Rathfarnham
  39. Renting of two properties in Rathfarnham.
  40. Inspect and repair the broken laneways in the Butterfield and Marian areas of Rathfarnham.
  41. Rosemount Shopping Centre parking proposals

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

QUESTION NO. 12

QUESTION: Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive to outline the current situation with the tree pruning programme, outlining list of estates to be dealt with over the next 12 months?”

REPLY:

The 2014/2015 Tree Maintenance Programme is currently being compiled and will be presented to the November meeting of the Rathfarnham/Templeogue-Terenure Area Committee.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

QUESTION NO. 13

QUESTION: Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive what is the current situation with the playing pitches at Elkwood?  Can he please confirm what provision has been made for local sports club, Knocklyon United, and can he also please outline the future plans for the Elkwood Pitches?”

REPLY:

The football pitch at Elkwood has recently been let to juvenile soccer club under the Council’s Pitch Letting Process.  This pitch will continue to be one of the 165 pitches offered for letting by the Council under the pitch letting process for the 2014 /2015 season.

KUFC were allocated 4 pitches for 2014/2015 and alternative pitches to some of these locations are also being examined.

Separate to all of the above,  SDCC is committed to supporting KUFC’s continued growth and building on the club’s achievements. To this end, the Council will work with the club to advance a 5 year development plan for KUFC to ensure the club’s continued success and development.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

MOTION NO. 6

MOTION: Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan

“That South Dublin County Council employ outside contractors to help deal with the considerable backlog in their tree pruning programme to help ensure that the programme is complete within 12 months.”

REPORT:

Pruning, removal and planting of street trees is undertaken under the Council’s annual Tree Maintenance Programme which currently operates on a seasonal basis over a 4-month period between November and February. An annual Tree Maintenance Programme is compiled in response to requests for arboricultural works received from members of the public and public representatives via the Council’s Customer Care Contact System along with works identified by Council staff. In recent years, the programme has increasingly focussed on tree pruning and removal works on entire roads or whole estates as opposed to acting on isolated requests for arboricultural works. The objective of this approach is to increase the efficiency and productivity of the tree maintenance crews and to advance a proactive programme of cyclical pruning that is targeted at priority locations where intervention is most needed.

The Tree Maintenance Programme for 2014 was presented to the various Area Committee meetings during last autumn with progress updates provided at the March/April meetings of the Area Committees this year. The first phase of the 2014 Tree Maintenance programme was completed from January to February when Public Realm operations staff were then reassigned to primarily grass maintenance works during the growing season. The programme resumes again in November through to December. Any works not completed during the first phase of the programme are scheduled for completion during the second phase at the latter end of the year.

Since May 2014, a supplementary tree maintenance crew has been assembled from staff within the Public Realm section to undertake street tree pruning and removal works on a year round basis. This crew is particularly focussed on advancing the programme of cyclical pruning in whole estates whereby tree maintenance will be completed on every tree as required within a particular estate or road. Other measures to further enhance the delivery of the Council’s street tree maintenance service are currently being developed and include the preparation of a draft tree management policy to guide the Council’s approach to tree management throughout the county. In addition, in order to improve efficiency in handling requests for tree works from members of the public and public representatives as well as inform the development the annual tree maintenance programme, the Council is seeking to install a street tree management system to assist in managing the enquiry, inspection and work history of every street tree within the county.

As the Council is taking active measures to enhance the productivity of our tree maintenance service, it is not proposed to employ outside tree maintenance contractors at this time.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

MOTION NO. 11

MOTION: Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan

“That the Chief Executive report that the new bridge joining Firhouse and Tallaght to form part of the new Tallaght to Ballyboden and Dodder Valley Greenway cycle route will be securely lit and will have 24hour cctv linked to the local Garda Station.”

REPORT:

Phase One of the Tallaght to Ballyboden Cycle Route; the Pedestrian and cycle route and bridges at Dodder Valley Park commenced on site on the 19th March 2014. This is the first phase of a significant new project by South Dublin County Council, funded by the National Transport Authority, which will form part of a wider network of new high quality cycle ways proposed throughout the Dublin region.

The Tallaght to Ballyboden Cycle Route achieved Part 8 planning permission at the end of 2012. The portion of the route currently on site links Firhouse Road with Old Bawn Road and Seskin View Road via the Dodder Valley. The project will provide two new pedestrian and cycle bridges, one over the Dodder and the second over the Ballycullen stream and will increase links between the existing communities of Tallaght and Firhouse, by providing more direct routes for cyclists and pedestrians. The bridges will join Firhouse and Tallaght mid-way between Old Bawn and the M50 and will form part of both the Tallaght to Ballyboden and Dodder Valley Greenway proposed cycle routes.

The project includes for both public lighting and CCTV. The CCTV footage will be linked to both the monitoring station at County Hall and Tallaght Garda Station.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

QUESTION NO. 32

QUESTION: Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive how many estates in the Rathfarnham area have applied for and are still awaiting Neighbourhood Watch and No Dog Fouling signs from SDCC?”

REPLY:

Applications for 5 Neighbourhood watch signs in the Knocklyon area have been received. The requested sites are being inspected. The applicants will be advised of the cost of the signs and their installation in the coming weeks. Once payment is received the signs will be ordered and installed as soon as practical.

A Dublin Regional Committee was formed in 2013 to tackle the dog fouling issue, part of the agreed campaign involves anti dog fouling signage. The agreed signage has been received and arrangements are currently being made for the installation of these signs. To date there have been 14 requests from estates in the Rathfarnham area.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

QUESTION NO. 33

QUESTION: Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive to outline what parking plan he has put in place for St. Colmcilles National School in Knocklyon.  There will be over 1,600 students on campus from September with only one entrance/exit, what traffic relief options is he considering?”

REPLY:

The congestion at the school junction will be monitored in September. The relevant monitoring equipment is being installed. The junction at Knocklyon Road, Idrone Avenue and Scholarstown Road is a staggered cross road, a signal controller which reacts to traffic conditions is installed. It is configured to insure that the entire junction is prevented from gridlock and the maximum amount of traffic is accommodated given the layout of the roads in and approaching the junction. The junction is operating to maximise traffic throughput consistent with the safety of vulnerable road users.

In addition, in 2014 the National Transport Authority granted funding to South Dublin County Council for a ‘Green Schools Cluster’ project. This project involves liaison between a number of schools at Ballyroan in the Rathfarnham area, An Taisce Green Schools, the NTA Green Schools Coordinator and South Dublin County Council. The aim of the project is to engage with the schools, assess current levels of walking and cycling to the schools and identify measures that could encourage walking and cycling to the school. The NTA have provided funding to implement the programme and also to carry out improvements to pedestrian and cycle facilities and improve permeability in the vicinity of the schools. Please note the project description is specifically tailored to facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. The schools that are part of the programme were the schools based within the Ballyroan / Ballyboden cluster as follows:

  • St. Colmcilles Senior National School
  • Sancta Maria College
  • Coláiste Éanna CBS
  • Scoil Naomh Padraig

Ballyroan Boys National School were also surveyed as they were in close proximity to the schools in question. As St. Colmcilles are returning this year to Idrone Avenue, the survey was changed to allow them to feed back information about their new location. The surveys are currently being collated and examined and a report will follow. However preliminary examination shows a number of issues reported in relation to walking and cycling to St. Colmcilles new location at Idrone Avenue, in particular from Orlagh Roundabout to the new school location.

South Dublin County Council are undertaking detailed design for a section of the Tallaght to Ballyboden Cycle Route which passes close to the school on Knocklyon Road. The National Transport Authority have agreed to extend funding, so South Dublin County Council have requested the consulting engineers to extend their brief to examine and upgrade as required, the provision of walking and cycling facilities north and south from Knocklyon Road from Orlagh Roundabout to the school. Topographical survey is currently underway. It is envisaged that the detailed design of these walking and cycling facilities will be complete by year end. Once completed a further application for funding can be made for tender and construction phases.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, September 22, 2014

QUESTION NO.32

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive how much revenue has been generated from development levies in South Dublin over the past five years?

REPLY:

The following table shows the Revenue collected from Development Levies in the past 5 years

Year Receipts & Transfers(€m)
2009 8.6
2010 4.5
2011 2.7
2012 4.6
2013 11.2

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MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, September 22, 2014

QUESTION NO.33

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive how many requests for dog fouling and Neighbourhood Watch signs have been received by the Council for the past three years and how many such signs have been erected?

REPLY:

The four Dublin Local Authorities joined forces over the summer to urge dog owners to leave only their paw prints behind after taking their dog for walks and currently Anti – Dog Fouling signs are being erected.

It is expected that 500 of these signs will be visible throughout the county by 2015.

According to the Environment Complaints system there were 26 requests for dog foul signs in 2014. Social Credits received 25 expressions of interest when a pilot scheme was ran between September 2013 and March 2014 (community agreed to erect the signs), and there are 52 requests for the new signage which was recently launched.

In total there is record of 103 requests for the erection of Dod Fouling signs.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, September 22, 2014

QUESTION NO.34

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive how many requests for tree pruning and tree removal the Council have received over the past three years and how many trees have been pruned and removed throughout the area during the past three years?

REPLY:

The Council receives requests for tree maintenance work from Public Representatives and members of the public via the Council’s Customer Care Contact System.  The following is an analysis of tree enquiries received over the 3-year period August 31, 2011 to September 1, 2014.

ANALYSIS OF TREE ENQUIRES ON CUSTOMER CARE CONTACT SYSTEM 2011-2014
Aug 31.2011 -Sept 1.2012 Aug 31.2012 -Sept 1.2013 Aug 31.2013 -Sept 1.2014
Total Requests 1596 2113 4220
Tree Planting 85 99 147
Tree Pruning 852 1309 2882
Tree Removal 659 706 1191

The increasing number of requests for tree maintenance work is a reflection of the increasing maturity of the street tree population in certain parts of the Council’s administrative area such as the long established neighbourhoods of Rathfarnham, Terenure, Templeogue, Clondalkin, Palmerstown and Lucan, coupled more recently with public reaction to the unprecedented storm damage to trees early in 2014.  It is however important to recognise that not all of the requests for tree maintenance received by the Council require action and that not all trees require management intervention during their lifecycle.  Priority for tree maintenance work is given to trees that are dead or damaged, in very close proximity to public lighting columns (less than 1.8m), trees associated with lifting footpaths or in conflict with overhead utility cables.

The following is a summary of the annual figures for trees pruned or removed from 2012 to date:

Tree Maintenance Works Completed 2012-2014
2012 2013 2014 to date
Total no. of trees pruned or removed 954 1148 1528

The additional numbers achieved during the current year are largely attributable to the deployment since May 2014 of a tree maintenance crew, assembled from staff within the Public Realm Section, to undertake street tree pruning and removal works on a year round basis.  This crew is opertating in addition to the seasonal tree maintenance crews who operate over a 4-month period between November to February.

The Tree Maintenance Programme for the latter part of the 2014 and 2015 is currently being compiled in tandem with a review of the Council’s approach to tree management to ensure increased productivity of our tree maintenance operations in line with the increase in requests for tree maintenance works.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, September 22, 2014

MOTION NO.26

MOTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

That this Council agrees to reduce the speed limit from 50kph to 20kph within housing estates in support of Jake’s Legacy Campaign, together with speed bumps to be placed in all existing residential estates.  Jake Brennan was struck by the car in a cul de sac near his Kilkenny home in June and his family believe if the speed limit was lower, he would still be here today.

REPORT:

The speed limits in across South Dublin County Council are drafted in accordance with RSA / DOE guidelines. The lowest permissible speed limit under current Road Traffic Law  is 30km/h. The 30 km/h speed limit is applied in locations across the county where significant numbers of vulnerable road users are present such as at schools. The reduction of traffic speed throughout South Dublin County is also achieved through the wide spread introduction traffic calming and in future the provision of roads in accordance with the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, October 13, 2014

QUESTION NO. 27

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive what is the duty of care owed by SDCC to it’s customers?  What instructions do staff receive regarding answering queries and emails raised by the public?  How often do emails/phonecalls go unanswered?  Are there plans to improve customer relations?

REPLY:

South Dublin County Council’s Customer Service Action Plan is based on the principle of serving the customer better. It sets out a framework for South Dublin County Council and the work of its Elected Members and staff. It is the Council’s Plan for a standard of excellence in public service which our citizens and customers deserve.The Plan seeks to better facilitate interaction between the Council and those we serve.

Customers can submit their queries to the council through a variety of platforms including:

Council Website/Social Media Pages

Through our website www.sdcc.ie , customers can make an enquiry, a comment / suggestion or complaint about our operations; by contacting us online through the Customer Care section of our website or on our Social Media Platforms. If customers use the  Customer Contact Form, we aim to reply with an acknowledgment within 2 working days.

Customers can forward their enquiry by email to info@sdublincoco.ie , 7,942emails were received since the 1st January 2014, at the time of writing this reply, 7,762 have been listed as closed off with 180 open: 142 overdue and 38 open and within time deadline.

Fix your street

Issues relating to the criteria below can be submitted directly to www.fixyourstreet.ie and we will reply with an acknowledgment through the Fix your street website to these reports within 2 working days.  Since January 2014, 2,731 queries have been received.

  • Road and footpath maintenance
  • Litter and graffiti removal
  • Drainage or leaks
  • Tree and grass maintenance,

Customer Care Centres

Customers can talk to us in person; we operate Customer Care Centres at County Hall, Tallaght and the Clondalkin Civic Centre. A dedicated team of staff are available to help members of the public with their enquiries. Usually we can deal with an enquiry without the need for onward referral. However, if the enquiry is of a specialised nature, we can of course arrange for customers to meet with appropriate staff.  Since January 2014 to present we have dealt with 22,642 customers at our customer care centres

Telephone

A dedicated team of staff is available to answer telephone enquiries without onward referral. The contact telephone number for all our services is 01-4149000. The Council since January 2014 has received 122,490 incoming calls with 2.42% of calls dropped during this period, this figure is higher than in previous years due to Industrial Action throughout May and June and the high volume of calls generated by the Non Principal Private Residence deadline for registration at the end of August beginning of September 2014.

An emergency contact number is also available after hours and weekends. The number is 01 4574907.

Standards of Service

The standards of service outlined in our Customer Service Action Plan aim to insure that  whether your business is conducted in person, by e-mail, by telephone or by post the Council acknowledges that Customers are at all times entitled to be served:

  • Without delay and in a polite manner
  • With due regard to privacy and confidentiality
  • By friendly and helpful staff

 E-Mail / Web / Fix Your Street Enquires

 We aim to

  • Acknowledge immediately and issue a response within 2 working days. If this is not possible, we will state when we hope to be able to do so. We will also explain the reason for the delay
  • Write as clearly as possible
  • Only use technical terms where it is absolutely necessary
  • Ensure that all interactions give contact name and details
  • Respond in Irish to queries submitted in Irish

 Telephone

We aim to:

  • Answer quickly and courteously
  • Provide the information required in a helpful manner
  • Deal with the enquiry without passing the call to another extension
  • Take your enquiry, e-mail address and telephone number and write or call back if the enquiry cannot be answered quickly
  • Indicate when you can expect to hear from us and arrange to call at a time, which is convenient to you
  • Give contact names in all telephone communications to ensure ease of ongoing transactions
  • Provide a voice mail service for staff who are out of their office

Through all of the procedures and initiatives contained in our Customer Service Action Plan, we aim to empower and encourage our staff to deliver excellence in customer service delivery. However we acknowledge that sometimes the system may not function as well as expected and included in the plan we have an accessible, transparent and user-friendly customer complaints procedure for people who are dissatisfied with our quality of service. It is important that we learn from our mistakes and we quickly resolve difficulties and improve the services we offer by reviewing our business processes to ensure we enhance the customer’s experience of dealing with South Dublin County Council. We have a facility for our Citizens and Elected Members to provide comments or suggestions to help us improve our services by completing the Comment Form  on our webpage.

The current Customer Service Action Plan was drafted to reflect the Council’s commitment to customer service as outlined in our Corporate Plan 2010- 2014 and the plan will shortly be reviewed as part of the new Corporate Plan 2015- 2019 process in consultation with our citizens, elected members and staff.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, October 13, 2014

QUESTION NO. 28

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive how many requests have SDCC received in the past three years for Neighbourhood Watch signs, broken down by electoral area.  How long is the average wait time for the erection of Neighbourhood Watch signs from initial application to actual installation?  How many estates are currently waiting on the erection of Neighbourhood Watch signs, countywide?

REPLY:

 

The application process for the provision of neighbourhood watch signs commences with discussions between local residents and Community Gardai. A completed [Garda] application form is then submitted to the Council indicating the number and location of signs required. The application is brought to the next available Traffic Correspondence Meeting following which a technician checks the proposed locations for suitability etc and costs the provision of signs at. The relevant residents [association] are notified of cost, submit payment. Signs are then ordered and installed at the agreed locations.

In the last three years 12 applications have been received. There are currently three applications in progress [on agenda for October 16th TCM] of these 2 are for the Tallaght Central Area and 1 for Rathfarnham. In 2013 5 applications were received, 4 for the Templeogue-Terenure area and 1 for Rathfarnham. In 2012 1 application was in Clondalkin area, 2 in Templeogue Terenure and 2 in Rathfarnham. The average wait time would be 3 months.

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MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, October 13, 2014

QUESTION NO. 29

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive what is the position with community groups formed after the deadline for PPN membership?  How do they get involved going forward?

REPLY:

Existing Community Groups are requested to register before 10th October,  2014 in order to secure voting rights on the Plenary.  The Plenary is the ruling body of the Public Participation Network.  New and existing groups can register after this date but will not be eligible to vote until the year later.   They will however receive information, newsletters etc.  from the Public Participation Network.

If they wish to remain in the PPN they will have full membership from October 2015.

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MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, October 13, 2014

QUESTION NO. 30

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive how many children have been injured in road traffic accidents within the county within the past five years.  How many of those accidents were in housing estates?  What is the speed limit in housing estates across the county and what constitutes a housing estate.  What is the scope for reducing the speed limit within housing estates?

REPLY:

There is no breakdown of the number of children injured in road traffic collisions in South Dublin readily available however statistics are available on the RSA website from the year 2005 to 2012 These are reported on a full county basis and South Dublin is not considered separately. Analysis of vulnerable road users’ collisions (pedestrians and cyclist) during this period indicates that Dublin was in line with national figures, 1,365 serious and fatal collisions of which 26.6% (363) were in Dublin (27.7% of the National population). However it is also observed that in Dublin fatal collisions for vulnerable road users occurred in 21% of these collisions compared fatality incidence of 32% in such collisions nationally.

The default speed limit in a built up area is identified in legislation is 50 km/h and this applies to residential areas such as housing estates which have continuous frontage development. The speed limit bye laws currently in place in South Dublin County area provides for such a speed limit in the general built up area and higher speed limits on non-residential roads (where housing does not generally exit directly onto the road). There is provision legally to have a special speed limit of 30 km/h which is only recommended at specific locations. In South Dublin County Council area a 30 km/h speed limit applies at particular schools during school times where such a need exists particularly on the busier roads. It is not the norm at all schools and it is not certain that its provision in residential estates would necessarily produce the required reduction in speed. The control of speed in residential areas is better performed by the provision of traffic calming which has proved beneficial over the past 20 years.

Due to the many demands on the Council’s resources, the Council has only limited funding for the installation of traffic calming measures in 2014. The focus will be concentrating on spinal roads in residential areas. Discussions are taking place with the relevant Area Committees with a view to selecting four/five roads in each of the Council’s six electoral areas. As with previous traffic calming schemes, the selection of individual roads will be a matter for the relevant Area Committee. A number of such schemes have been provided in 2014

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MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, October 13, 2014

MOTION NO. 23

MOTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

That the CEO seeks immediate suspension of installation of water meters within the County because the supply is unsafe due to Irish Water’s failure to supply tamper-proof meters to each household.  Residents are being asked to pay for a food source which is open to contamination.  You cannot buy a jar of pasta sauce without a tamper-proof lid on it so the residents of this County deserve the same, most basis safety standard in relation to their water supply.

REPORT:

Irish Water is the National Water Authority. The national water meter installation programme being undertaken is the responsibility of Irish Water. If the motion is passed by the members the sentiments of the motion will be conveyed to Irish Water.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QUESTION NO. 3

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive how many social housing units are included in the planning permission on the site recently sold on Stocking Lane, known as Dickie Rock’s Field?”

REPLY:

This site is referenced under Planning permission SD05A/0872 which provided for the development of 426 residential units. However this planning permission has expired and an application to extend the permission was refused in June 2012.

In the event that a further planning application is lodged for residential development on this site, it will be examined for application of all appropriate Part V compliance requirements in respect of the delivery of social housing units having regard to all prevailing legislative requirements at this time.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QUESTION NO. 10

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive when are the works starting on the proposed new entrance to Knockcullen/Ashton/Elkwood?”

REPLY:

The contract for the work at Knocklyon Road / Knockcullen Rise junction has been awarded to Priority Construction Ltd. They intend to commence on site week commencing Monday 13th October 2014 and have undertaken to resource and programme the work in order to achieve completion before the end of November 2014.

As there is likely to be some localised traffic disruption during these improvement works, SDCC greatly appreciates the tolerance and patience of residents until the work is complete.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QUESTION NO. 12

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive to provide us with the up to date situation with the Dalriada estate and if the developer has engaged with SDCC?”

REPLY:

The Developer of Dalriada is Ellier Developments and they are still trading.

They recently indicated that they intend to resume development shortly. SDCC Building Control section are maintaining an active interest in this scheme and will be pursuing Elliers if activities do not recommence shortly.

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QUESTION NO. 13

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive what is the current situation with the Gaelscoil in Knocklyon, what is the barrier to their new school being built?”

REPLY:

Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna is located in temporary accommodation on a South Dublin County Council owned site at Knocklyon Road, Dublin 16. The Council agreed to dispose of this site to the Department of Education and Skills in February 2007 to enable permanent school accommodation to be provided on the site.

Due to a land registration anomaly, the disposal has not been completed due to a strip of unregistered land that comprised part of the former (i.e. pre M50) Knocklyon Road that now forms part of the site. Without regularisation of the property registration status of this strip of former road, the Council can’t offer clean title to the Department. Given that the school has been in operation on the site this would seem like a matter that should have been resolved without significant delay, however the strip of land in question has never been registered and the Property Registration Authority has to date, queried the options put forward by our legal advisors to register the property.We have sought to bring matters to a head, including, inter alia, an extant attempt at adverse possession. The Council has advised the Department of Education and Skills that it is unlikely that a legal resoultion can be found to the Title anomaly and the Department is seeking legal advice in relation to this.

Funding and delivery of a permanent school at this location is a matter for the Department of Education and Skills capital funding programme, however in keeping with the spirit of the MoU for School Site Identification and Acquisition, the planning department is liaising closely with the Department regarding the delivery of a permanent school at this site.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MOTION NO. 6

MOTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“That the Chief Executive installs a cycle track on the stretch of road from Scholarstown Roundabout to St. Colmcilles National School as a matter of urgency.  Given that there are 1,600 students attending the school, any measure that would keep traffic off the site must be encouraged.  And obviously cycling offers enormous health benefits to the students but at the moment this stretch of road is extremely narrow and dangerous.”

REPORT:

In 2014 the National Transport Authority granted funding to South Dublin County Council for a ‘Green Schools Cluster’ project. This project involves liaison between a number of schools at Ballyroan in the Rathfarnham area, An Taisce Green Schools, the NTA Green Schools Coordinator and South Dublin County Council. The aim of the project is to engage with the schools, assess current levels of walking and cycling to the schools and identify measures that could encourage walking and cycling to the school. The NTA have provided funding to implement the programme and to identify any improvements that may be made to pedestrian and cycle facilities and to improve permeability in the vicinity of the schools. The project description is specifically tailored to examine facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. The schools that are part of the programme were the schools based within the Ballyroan / Ballyboden cluster as follows:

  • St. Colmcilles Senior National School
  • Sancta Maria College
  • Coláiste Éanna CBS
  • Scoil Naomh Padraig

Ballyroan Boys National School were also surveyed as they were in close proximity to the schools in question.  As St. Colmcilles returned this year to Idrone Avenue, the survey was changed to allow them to feed back information about their new location. The surveys are currently being collated and examined and a report will follow. However preliminary examination shows a number of issues reported in relation to walking and cycling to St. Colmcilles new location at Idrone Avenue, in particular from Orlagh Roundabout and Scholarstown Road down to the new school location.

South Dublin County Council are undertaking detailed design for a section of the Tallaght to Ballyboden Cycle Route which passes close to the school on Knocklyon Road. The National Transport Authority have agreed to extend funding, so South Dublin County Council have requested the consulting engineers to extend their brief to examine and upgrade as required, the provision of walking and cycling facilities north and south from Knocklyon Road from Orlagh Roundabout to the school. Topographical survey is currently underway. It is envisaged that the detailed design of these walking and cycling facilities will be complete by year end. Once completed a further application for funding to the National Transport Authority can be made for tender and construction phases.

In the meantime the Roads Traffic Section have monitored the congestion at the school junction at Knocklyon Road. The junction at Knocklyon Road, Idrone Avenue and Scholarstown Road is a staggered cross road, a signal controller which reacts to traffic conditions is installed. It is configured to insure that the entire junction is prevented from gridlock and the maximum amount of traffic is accommodated given the layout of the roads in and approaching the junction. The junction is operating to maximise traffic throughput consistent with the safety of vulnerable road users. The Traffic section will also examine other issues that were raised by the school-going community in relation to the existing traffic signals and phasing, ‘green man’ times etc.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS

SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QUESTION NO. 16

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive when residents of Castlefield can expect to have the vital flood relief measures in place?”

REPLY:

The Drainage Section of the Council has examined the flooding problem in the Castlefield area and after reviewing various options it has concluded that a duplication of the existing culvert is the preferred solution to alleviate flooding in the area.

The proposed solution is estimated to cost in the region of €1.6million. As resources from within the Council are limited and the Council has sought partial funding from the OPW and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

A meeting with Ministers Hogan and Hayes amongst others was held in Leinster House on the 26th February 2014 and the Council stated it would put up one third of the funding if this was matched with one third from the OPW and one third from the Department.

The OPW indicated that they would fund one third of the scheme but there has been no response from the Department which can only be interpreted as a negative response. This means the Council will have to find over €1 million to fund this scheme.

It is proposed to include a financial provision in the 2015 capital budget, every effort will be made to expedite the scheme and it is planned to procure an engineering consultant this year so that detailed surveys can commence as soon as possible to enable the detailed design and contract documents to be completed which will then enable a construction contract to be entered into.

Unless there is a significant change to the scheme presented to the Flood Committee it is not proposed to engage in further public consultation in order to expedite the scheme.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QUESTION NO. 24

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive what anti-illegal dumping measures are being put in place in Bohernabreena/Glenasmole/Gunney Hill areas to deal with the ongoing issues in these areas?  Residents in Bohernabreena cannot put out their green bins without persons unknown filling their bins?”

REPLY:

South Dublin County Council’s team of five (5) Litter Wardens investigate all complaints of illegal dumping and littering as well as patrolling all areas within the Council’s administrative area, focusing on illegal dumping black spots.

The Litter Warden patrols the areas of Bohernabreena, Glenasmole and Gunny Hill regularly and all incidents of illegal dumping are interrogated for evidence and appropriate enforcement action is taken, where possible. The matter is then referred to the Public Realm Section for removal of the dumped material.

To date in 2014, the Council has received thirty (30) complaints of illegal dumping in relation to the areas of Bohernabreena, Glenasmole and Gunny Hill, all of which have been investigated by the Litter Warden, resulting in the issuing of four (4) litter fines. It is proving increasingly difficult to secure evidence in relation to the identify of polluters as personal information is often removed or shredded.

Members of the public are urged and encouraged to support the Council in taking the appropriate enforcement action by making reports to the Litter Warden for investigation and by providing evidence where possible.

The matter of unauthorised users / third parties filling bins of others is outside the remit of the council.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS

SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QUESTION NO. 25

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive when will the trees and shrubs be removed from the Coolamber Estate following the recent arrest in the area due to the criminal activity taking place in the area?”

REPLY:

The areas in question are due to be cut by staff from the Council’s Public Realm section during the current week.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, November 10, 2014

QUESTION NO.12

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive what are the current regulations governing the installation of wood burning stoves and chimneys on properties – particularly onto single-storey extensions?

REPLY:

Where the works or change of use commence or takes place on or after the 1St September 2014, Technical Guidance Document J – Heat Producing Appliances, dated 2014 is applicable.

However Technical Guidance Document J – Heat Producing Appliances, dated 1997 is applicable where works have commenced before the 1st September 2014;

In addition, anybody carrying out alterations to any part of a building is obliged to comply with all aspects of the Building Regulations. In the case of Part J, there would be an obvious close relationship with Parts A (Structure) and B (Fire) to be considered.

Copies of the Technical Guidance Documents are available on Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government websitewww.environ.ie

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, November 10, 2014

QUESTION NO.13

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive what is the legal position regarding SDCC trees damaging property?  Does SDCC have a legal responsibility if a member of the public complains about a particular tree and the tree then causes damage?  Does SDCC have a legal responsibility if a member of the public gets an arborist report which details a dangerous and unsuitable tree/trees which then causes damage to property?

REPLY:

South Dublin County Council maintains a street tree population of approximately sixty thousand street trees. In addition, the Council maintains trees in the public park system and on other Council owned lands. As a general principle, in law, the landowner has primary responsibility for the maintenance and management of any trees on the property. Where the Council becomes aware of trees on private property that may be considered to be a hazard to a public road, the Council has powers under the Roads Acts to direct the landowner to attend to the tree in question.

In the case of trees under the Council’s own control, staff in the Public Realm Division who have horticultural/arboricultural qualifications, are primarily involved with the maintenance and inspection of the street trees in the county. The main reason trees cause damage is during storms as experienced in the recent storm on 5th / 6th October which resulted in over one hundred calls to the Council in relation to fallen trees and branches. Some property damage occurred mainly to parked cars and front garden walls. Such damage is normally considered to be a natural event and damage to property would generally be covered by insurance policies held by the property owner.

The Council receives reports from the public regularly, many of which claim that the tree is in someway dangerous or hazardous, upon inspection this does not always turn out to be the case. Other than where some evidence is submitted with the report such as an expert’s report, the claim that the tree is dangerous can only be substantiated through inspection by persons with the relevant expertise.

As the circumstances for each case would be different, every case would have to be treated on its own merits. It is not therefore possible to provide generic guidance. If the Member has some particular case / incident in mind, if details could be provided to the Council, it will be examined and a response issued.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, November 10, 2014

QUESTION NO.14

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive how many RAS clients throughout the county have had their tenancies ended early because the landlord has put the rental property up for sale in the past 12 months.  Could you break this down by electoral area please?

REPLY:

In the 12 month period ending 31/10/14, a total of 81 properties were no longer available for inclusion in the Rental Accommodation Scheme as landlords served notice that the property was to be sold. The breakdown is as follows:

Clondalkin      28

Lucan            42

Rathfarnham    1

Tallaght          10

In all but two of the tenancies, alternative accommodation has been sourced for the tenants. The Council’s  RAS Team  continues to engage proactively and extensively with effected tenants to source and secure alternative accommodation within available resources.

 

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, November 10, 2014

MOTION NO.31

MOTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

That the Chief Executive write to the Energy Regulator calling on him to consider the hardship already faced by families in this County and to reject Irish Water’s call for extortionist call-out charges and second-fix fees as families cannot be held responsible for the lack of investment in the country’s water infrastructure.

REPORT:

Irish Water is the now the Water Authority for all matters associated with water and foul wastewater in Ireland. Queries from individual councillors are dealt with via the dedicated Local Representative Support Desk which has been set up for this purpose.  For this reason, if a councillor wishes to progress a query, we would ask that you advise him/her to submit same directly to the Local Representative Support Desk where it will be dealt with appropriately. This can be done via email localrepsupport@water.ie  or calling 1890 278 278 and asking for the Local Representative Support Desk.

If the motion is passed the terms of the motion will be forwarded to Irish Water and the Commissioner for Energy Regulation CER, and, when received, a copy of the reply will be circulated to the Members.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

QUESTION NO. 6

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive to construct suitable steps at Church View, Rathfarnham as a matter of urgency.  The current steps are much too high and steep, making it impossible for elderly residents to use this access path across from Bushy Park, especially in icy conditions?”

REPLY:

The existing access consists of a ramp and any replacement will have to allow for buggies etc.  The area will be included as part of a footpath/cycletrack that is currently being considered for the area.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MOTION NO. 2

MOTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“That the Chief Executive moves immediately to erect metal palisade fence at the entrance off St Colmcilles Way and that additional fencing be placed along the entire wall so as to deny access from the M50 off ramp at Knocklyon.  The area runs parallel to Orlagh Park, and is located behind the timber fencing and between the Orlagh Park/ Beverly Estate Wall. The area can be easily accessed from St Colmcilles Way or if you walk down the M50 off ramp at the south bound exit this area can be similarly accessed. A hut had been constructed in the area  and is ideally suited for anyone who wishes to engage in any criminal behaviour and Gardai have found evidence of drug use in the area.  This also needs to be removed as a matter of urgency.”

REPORT:

The maintenance repair and upkeep of the boundary treatment at this location is a matter for the National Roads Authority.  Should the Motion be passed the matter will be referred to the National Roads Authority and when a response is received the Members will be notified.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

QUESTION NO. 13

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive to have the area surrounding the bridge between Ballyboden Road & Willbrook Drive cut back as a matter of urgency.  The area is very overgrown with trees and shrubs and local residents are concerned about people not being able to use it in its current state?”

REPLY:

The area in question will be cut back by staff from the Public Realm maintenance section in the coming two weeks approximately.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

QUESTION NO. 14

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive to have stone markers with the words, ´Ballyroan´ to be placed on the top and bottom of the Marian Road, with stone supplied by SDCC, but agreed by the Butterfield & District Residents Association?”

REPLY:

The Council will liaise with the Butterfield and District Residents Association on this proposal. It should be noted that all Namestones must have the wording in Irish on top and the English underneath.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

QUESTION NO. 17

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive to advise how many social housing units are contained within the current planning approved developments within the Rathfarnham/Terenure/Templeogue areas?”

REPLY:

At this point in time there are no signed Part V agreements in place which provide for the delivery of designated social units in the Rathfarnham/Terenure/Templeogue area.

Negotiations to agree Part V arrangements continue to be conducted in respect of all residential developments for which there is a requirement for Part V compliance as part of the planning permission.

Part 8 approval under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations 2001-2003 has been obtained inrespect of 96 social housing units at Stocking Lane, Ballycullen, Co. Dublin.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

QUESTION NO. 18

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive, regarding Community Centres in the Rathfarnham/Terenure/Templeogue areas.  Many of these were built with funds raised from within the community.  What is the current situation with these as some of them are being paid rent from, amongst others, the Department of Education.  How much profit are they making and who benefits from these profits, if any?”

REPLY:

Community Centres owned and built on Council lands are managed by voluntary management committees comprising of representatives from the respective local communities and representatives from statutory agencies and are structured as stand alone companies, registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO). They are usually Companies with Limited Guarantee and follow CRO guidelines in relation to having Memorandum and Articles of Association, Audited Annual Accounts and an Annual General Meeting.

The funds used to finance the construction of individual community centres varied from centre to centre, depending on what funding streams were open at the time of their construction, but usually consisted of contributions both from local community fund raising efforts and from significant Government and/or Local Authority Funding streams.

These local committees / companies are tasked with the running and management of the local facilities in a sustainable manner, providing activities and services to help meet local community needs and to generate an income to meet centre running costs. Any profits made, which are usually very limited are re-invested back into the facilities and the provision of services within the facilities. A significant element of cross subsidisation generally takes place across the broad spectrum of activities and events. Information regarding the financial affairs of these committees / companies are usually available to respective communities / members and the presentation of Audit Annual Accounts at the respective AGM’s provides specific detail as to annual income and expenditure and any surplus / deficits that respective centres may have.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, December 08, 2014

QUESTION NO. 27

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive what is the situation with private properties throughout the County which have been abandoned by their owners and where such neglect causes distress and damage to neighbouring properties?

REPLY:

All reports of dereliction or abandonment are referred to the Architectural Services Department for inspection. Enforcement action, where deemed appropriate, is taken on foot of that inspection report, as quickly as possible.

Where a site is found to be non-derelict but at risk of becoming derelict, a statutory notice, pursuant to Section 11 of the Derelict Sites Act 1990 (the Act), is served on the registered owner requiring that works specified in the Notice are carried out within a period specified by the Council, which in accordance with the Act, cannot be less than one month from the expiration of fourteen days from the date of service of the Notice.

Where a site is found to be derelict, a statutory notice, pursuant to Section 8 (2) of the Act, is served on the registered owner advising them of the Council’s intention to enter the particulars of the site on the Derelict Sites Register and allowing a reasonable period of time for the making of representations, in accordance with the Act. The Council, having considered any such representation, will have the site re-inspected and decide whether the site should be entered on the Register. Where a decision is taken to enter the particulars of a site on the Register, a statutory notice pursuant to Section 8 (7) of the Act is served on the owner, advising them of the entry.

There can be delays in establishing ownership of a site/property, particularly over the past couple of years where numerous properties have been abandoned and loans have become dysfunctional. It can be a very protracted process where a bank has begun proceedings to repossess a property, a loan has been taken over by NAMA or banks have applied to have assets placed in receivership. In other cases, it has proven very difficult to establish the current location of the registered owner of a site/property or very difficult personal circumstances have pertained, which have to be handled very sensitively.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, December 08, 2014

QUESTION NO. 28

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

To ask the Chief Executive what criteria was used by the council when choosing which estates with written confirmation of their inclusion in the tree pruning programme, would be excluded from this years’s amended tree pruning programme?

REPLY:

The Tree Maintenance Programme for Winter 2014 / 2015 as presented to the November meetings of the four Area Committees represents the completion of outstanding works from 2014 with the addition of commitments given high priority for action during 2014 and tree works committed for 2015. Priority in 2015 is particularly being given to completing tree maintenance works on individual street trees where commitments have been outstanding over a prolonged period. As outlined in the recent presentations to the Area Committees, when the backlog of outstanding commitments for tree maintenance of individual trees has been addressed, the Council’s aim is to move towards more efficient, cost effective proactive management of the County’s street tree population. The focus of tree maintenance works will be on advancing a programme of planned cyclical tree maintenance on an estate by estate basis rather than reacting to isolated individual requests. Individual trees will only be dealt with if deemed to be a priority category or emergency situation.

In compiling the Tree Maintenance Programme for 2015, a review of the lists of individual trees and of whole estates outstanding from 2014 was undertaken having regard to the reality of available resources. Within the Terenure/Templeogue, Rathfarnham and Tallaght Central electoral areas, there is a particularly high number of commitments for tree maintenance on individual trees. The whole estates prioritised for inclusion in the 2015 Programme for all electoral areas were those where there is a concentration of individual trees requiring maintenance. In consideration of available resources and the Health & Safety and Traffic Management procedures that must be put in place to undertake work on individual trees, the completion of tree maintenance in an entire estate where there is a number of existing commitments for works on individual trees, represents a more efficient use of the Council’s tree maintenance resources. In the context of the above, there were a small number of estates outstanding from 2014 which have not been carried forward and prioritised for pruning in 2015. These estates will be prioritised for tree maintenance in line with the Council’s planned move towards completing trees on an estate by estate basis as soon as the outstanding commitments for maintenance of individual trees as listed in the Tree Maintenance Programme for 2015 has been completed.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, December 08, 2014

MOTION NO. 25

MOTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

That the Chief Executive write to the Minister for the Environment seeking a ban on the sale of spray paint cans to try and combat the graffiti problem which is costing this Council thousands of euro every year.

REPORT:

If the motion is passed the sentiments of the members will be forwarded to the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS

SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

QUESTION NO. 5

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive what is the longterm plan for the lands on St. Colmcilles Way where Knocklyon United have their club ground?”

REPLY:

The pitch on the land on St. Colmcilles Way is currently allocated to Knocklyon United FC under the annual pitch letting process.  KUFC also have the use of an additional temporary pitch at this location.

The lands in question are zoned F, the objective of which is to preserve and provide for Open Space and Recreational Amenities.

At this time the Council has no specific plans for the site.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

QUESTION NO. 6

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive what plans SDCC have for providing homeless accommodation in the Rathfarnham area, specifically in the Fonthill area.  What type of accommodation is being planned and can the Chief Executive give assurances that there will be consultation with residents and proper management of the facility?”

REPLY:

The owner of a house, that was originally used to accommodate homeless families in the area, has offered to lease it to the Council subject to agreeing terms.  The Council are currently examining the property to see if it is up to the required standards and/or what works might be necessary to bring it to such standards.

It is expected that this examination will be completed in the coming weeks.  At that stage it will be possible to inform a decision on reaching terms in respect of a lease.

If it is possible to reach agreement in respect of a lease it is intended to provide emergency accommodation to families in the house.  It is expected that the number of families provided with accommodation will be in the region of 5.

Following the completion of the examination of the house a meeting with the local elected members and residents will be organised.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS

SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

MOTION NO. 1

MOTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“That the Chief Executive investigates the possibility of renting two properties –

163 Ballyboden Road & no 3 Taylor’s Lane – in Rathfarnham under the RAS scheme to help with the homelessness crisis in the County.”

REPORT:

The Council will examine both properties with a view to determining their suitability or otherwise for social housing purposes.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

QUESTION NO. 10

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive to inspect and repair the broken laneways in the Butterfield and Marian areas of Rathfarnham.  There are many elderly residents who use these laneways to access the shops and Church yet find it extremely treacherous because of the broken surfaces.  It also causes issues for people with limited mobility as the broken surfaces are unsuitable for residents using walking sticks?”

REPLY:

If an exact location is identified, repair works will be carried out as required.

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF RATHFARNHAM/TEMPLEOGUE-TERENURE AREA COMMITTEE

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Rosemount Parking

QUESTION: Councillor D. O’Donovan

“To ask the Chief Executive what is the up to date position with the Rosemount Shopping Centre parking proposals?”

REPLY:

The matter is progressing and the Councillor will be provided with an update as soon as possible.

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