Funding for works in 497 Dublin schools

Fine Gael Councillor for the North Inner City & Leader of the Fine Gael group on Dublin City Council, Ray McAdam, has announced that funding has been granted to 497 Dublin primary schools under the Minor Works Scheme.

“My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, has confirmed to me that the Minor Works Grant will be paid to all primary schools throughout the country next week.

“Schoolchildren in Dublin are set to benefit from this Government funding; all 497 primary schools are to receive the grant.

“They will receive a flat rate Minor Works Grant of €5,500 plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil attending a special school or special class. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and over €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.

“I know that our local schools really depend on this grant. The funds can be used for improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, the purchase of floor coverings and window blinds, and the purchase of IT related equipment.”

Speaking at the announcement, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton said:  “The demographic pressures at both primary and post-primary level mean that our school building programme must continue to focus on delivering additional school places.

“In 2017, we have successfully delivered nearly 19,000 permanent school places, of which more than 13,000 are additional places, with the completion of 46 major school building projects.

“Looking ahead to 2018, the building programme will continue to be challenged to ensure the availability of a school place for every child. In these circumstances, it will be late next year or January 2019 before we are in a position to determine the prospects of a 2018/2019 Minor Works Grant.”

Councillor McAdam continued: “Fine Gael is working in Government to strengthen communities and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Ensuring that our children are learning in a quality environment is a major part of this. This grant will go a long way towards improving the physical condition of our school buildings to the benefit of both pupils and the teachers who work there.

“Furthermore I know from talking to teachers and principals across Dublin and the North Inner City, in particular, that primary schools need more certainty with regard to the availability of the Minor Works Grant on an annual basis. I am pleased to hear Minister Bruton confirm that this will be reviewed in the context of the Department’s long term infrastructural planning and the level of resources available under the Government’s 10 Year Public Capital Investment Plan, which is currently under development. This will allow schools to plan better for the future.”

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Stoneybatter Matters – Winter 2017

STONEYBATTER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING – December 6th!
This year’s lighting of the Stoneybatter Christmas Tree will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, December 6th next! As, has been the case in recent years, the Christmas Tree will be located beside the Millennium Stone on Manor Street at the junction with Aughrim Street and Prussia Street. Dublin City Council will provide complimentary refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre on Prussia Street. As Chairman of the North Inner City Area Committee, I and my colleagues hope you will be able to join us on December 6th!

PROGRESS REPORT ON GRANGEGORMAN REDEVELOPMENT
The Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) is working to advance the various building projects on Grangegorman campus. In terms of the main new build aspects of the redevelopment project, contractors are currently carrying out testing on the site in preparation for the start of construction works begin on the Central and East Quads, early in the new year. Assessment of the tenders submitted by possible Design Teams for the Residential Care Neighbourhood is ongoing with a preferred Design Team to be selected by years’ end. A planning application is likely to be submitted to Dublin City Council this month for permission to construct the Library in the new Academic Hub. The new Primary Care Centre is nearing completion and the aim is to have the Audiology and Ophthalmology facilities installed by Christmas. If you have further questions or queries arising from the details provided above, please contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

LUAS CROSS CITY – OPENS ON December 9th!
Major construction work on delivering the new LUAS Cross City has concluded. However, finishing works on the public realm and platforms are nearing completion as is the trialling of the new LUAS network and timetable, before the official opening takes place on December 9th next! Given how beneficial LUAS Cross City will be for Stoneybatter residents, especially in the run-in to Christmas, I thought it useful to share with you the LUAS Cross City timetable for both northbound and southbound trams including the Phibsborough, Grangegorman and Broadstone stops.

STONEYBATTER FIRE BRIGADE DEPOT TO REMAIN….FOR NOW!
Local residents have contacted me expressing concern about the possibility of the Dublin Fire Brigade Depot on Stable Lane, just off North Brunswick Street being sold by Dublin City Council. These concerns arose because of the level of development taking place on sites located near to the City Council owned site. In order to address these concerns, I sought certainty on the matter from the Chief Executive and raised the issue at the November meeting of the Council. The Chief Executive’s response advised that Dublin Fire Brigade uses the site on Stable Lane for its workshop, garage, stores, laundry. The Fire Brigade also uses it for the sterilisation of its equipment and Ambulances. The reserve fleet is located at this facility. The Chief Executive has now confirmed to me that Dublin Fire Brigade will continue to use these vital facilities “until alternative arrangements are made”. I will continue to monitor developments in this regard across the coming months and will keep local residents fully updated.

DUBLIN 7 EDUCATE TOGETHER N.S. – UPDATE
Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Education & Skills has advised me that following the decision of An Bord Pleanala to agree to a three stream school or twenty-four classroom, building on the Grangegorman campus, the school building project is being advanced. The project has been devolved to the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) for delivery. Currently, the project is at Stage 2(a) of the architectural planning process, which is the detailed design stage. From the information shared with me by the Department of Education, I understand that a planning application is being worked on by the Grangegorman Development Agency. A draft planning application will be submitted to the Department for Education for examination and approval later this year. Before that application is lodged with the Planning Department of Dublin City Council, I will work to update you further.

ADELPHI HOUSE – 153 NORTH CIRCULAR ROAD
Health Minister, Simon Harris T.D. and officials in the HSE have confirmed to local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. and I about advancing the refurbishment of Adelphi House for autism services. The HSE has begun the tendering process to select a design team which will be responsible for finalising the planned refurbishment of this protected structure. We expect that final designs and costings will be agreed by late Spring 2018 which will allow the HSE advance a planning application with Dublin City Council. Both Minister Donohoe and I are continuing to work with local residents groups to ensure that they are fully updated and informed of progress with this project.

DUBLIN CITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN – STUDENT ACCOMMODATION AMENDMENT
Earlier this year, I was a co-signatory to a motion that sought to amend the Dublin City Development Plan 2016 – 2022 with regards to guidelines for the development of student accommodation within the city. This amendment contained a proposal to widen the area within which, applicants for purpose built student accommodation should submit evidence demonstrating that there is not an over-concentration of student accommodation within an area, including a map showing all such facilities within 1km of a proposed development site. The purpose of the amendment to the Development Plan was to provide clarity and enhanced level of information on the existing and proposed number of students living in the area. Despite, some opposition by political parties not representing the North Inner City, the amendment was successful. Therefore, future planning applications seeking permission for the construction of purpose built student accommodation will have to comply with the amended Section 16.10.7 of the City’s Development Plan, otherwise known as the planning rule book.

NEW CITY COUNCIL ONLINE HOUSING APPLICATION SYSTEM
Since October 24th last, Dublin City Council has established a new online system to allow applicants for alternative housing to track the progress of their application. This new online system enables applicants to view their position on the housing waiting list. If you have applied for alternative housing with Dublin City Council, you will be able to view your position on the relevant area list you applied for or whether you have a priority status on either medical or welfare grounds. Applicants can access this new system at http://www.dublincity.ie/HousingOnline by logging on using your Housing Application Number and your Date of Birth. Officials in the Housing Allocations Section of the Council have begun notifying all applicants that the new online system has gone live. If you have any questions or queries arising from the details above, please email me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

DUBLIN BIKES – CONFIRMATION OF WORKS TO BEGIN!
Since October last year, I have sought on four separate occasions, an update from Dublin City Council on the delivery of the Dublin Bikes Stations in and around Grangegorman, following the allocation of €1.5m in funding by local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. in Budget 2015. Huge work has been done by a small number of Council officials to finalise locations for the installation of 15 stations. Works were to begin later this month but I have now been informed that the timeline for construction and installation has slipped to the second week of January. This delay has been caused by the difficulty in achieving an acceptable design solution for stations 1-3 at Grangegorman Lower, given the complexity of traffic management changes necessary to accommodate all users in this area into the future (such as taxi, bus, mobility impaired parking, etc) at the college campus. Between now and mid-January, the Council will undertake Road Safety Audits of the remaining preferred sites. Therefore, the current proposed locations are as follows:
1. Grangegorman Lower No1, Dublin 7
2. Grangegorman Lower No2, Dublin 7
3. Grangegorman Lower No3, Dublin 7
4. Rathdown Road, Dublin 7
5. Charleville Road, Dublin 7
6. Avondale Road, Dublin 7
7. Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7
8. George’s Lane, Dublin 7
9. Western Way, Dublin 7
10. North Circular Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 1
11. Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1
12. Killarney Street, Dublin 1
13. Buckingham Street Lower, Dublin 1 (West side)
14. Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
15. Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2
16. Buckingham Street Lower, Dublin 1 (East side) [contingency]

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Over €550,000 for North Inner City Sports Capital funding – McAdam

North Inner City Councillor & Leader of the Fine Gael Group on Dublin City Council, Ray McAdam has said that over €550,000 in funding will greatly benefit sports clubs across the Inner City over the coming year.

The Fine Gael Councillor was speaking in Arbour Hill Boxing Club as the successful applications under the Sports Capital Grants were announced by Minister for Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D. and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Councillor McAdam said: “I am delighted to see this much needed funding going to the places it will really make a big difference, our local sports clubs.

“This funding will benefit 11 clubs and organisations all across the North Inner City, including:
• Arbour Hill Boxing Club
• Ballybough Boxing Club
• Sheriff Street Multi Use Games Area
• Smithfield Multi Use Games Area
• Dublin Docklands Boxing Club
• Lourdes Youth & Community Services Outdoor Education Project
• Sheriff Youth Club
• St. Joseph’s / OCB GAA Club
• St. Mary’s Youth Club Ltd, East Wall
• The Cavan Centre Ltd
• Aughrim Street 9th / 10th Scout Group
Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building.

“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash.

“It represents an excellent value for money investment. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity on the rise.

“Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically,” said the Fine Gael Councillor for the North Inner City.

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CITY CENTRE MATTERS – Winter 2017

NEW CITY COUNCIL ONLINE HOUSING APPLICATION SYSTEM
Since October 24th last, Dublin City Council has established a new online system to allow applicants for alternative housing to track the progress of their application. This new online system enables applicants to view their position on the housing waiting list. If you have applied for alternative housing with Dublin City Council, you will be able to view your position on the relevant area list you applied for or whether you have a priority status on either medical or welfare grounds. Applicants can access this new system at http://www.dublincity.ie/HousingOnline by logging on using your Housing Application Number and your Date of Birth. Officials in the Housing Allocations Section of the Council have begun notifying all applicants that the new online system has gone live. If you have any questions or queries arising from the details above, please email me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

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St. Michan’s House Matters – Winter 2017

M.U.G.A. WORKS START DEFERRED TO JANUARY 2018
Dublin City Council has selected a contractor, KN Networks to undertake works on the redevelopment of the Fish Market site and to build the new Multi Use Games Area (M.U.G.A.). A significant aspect of these works will see the boundary wall between the Fish Market site and the courtyard in Blocks A & B in St. Michan’s House being demolished and rebuilt. At the City Council meeting on November 6th last, Council officials confirmed to me that the selected contractor “is expected on site in November with a 10 month build programme”. The purpose of the early start to the works was to ensure that the new play facility would be ready for the school holidays in June! However, the Markets Committee of Dublin City Council determined on Wednesday to defer these works beginning until after Christmas and agreed to open the car-park on Sundays throughout December. The Council has now agreed with KN Networks to begin on site on January 2nd next. The contract with KN Networks involves:
• The total removal of the boundary wall between the courtyard of Block A & B and the Fish Market site.
• Laying of new foundations.
• Rebuilding the wall with public lighting built into the wall.
The Multi Use Games Area (M.U.G.A.) will be situated against the St. Michan’s House boundary wall. Improvements to the quality of local footpaths along Mary’s Lane and the public realm will be carried out in conjunction with a revised layout for St. Michan’s Road. As Chairman of the North Inner City Area Committee, I have been assured that Council officials will meet residents in advance of Christmas to detail how the works will proceed and the arrangements that will be put in place for the duration of the construction work.

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Dublin Bikes – confirmation of works to begin!

Since October last year, I have sought on four separate occasions, an update from Dublin City Council on the delivery of the Dublin Bikes Stations in and around Grangegorman, following the allocation of €1.5m in funding by local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. in Budget 2015. Huge work has been done by a small number of Council officials to finalise locations for the installation of 15 stations.

Works were to begin later this month but I have now been informed that the timeline for construction and installation has slipped to the second week of January. This delay is caused by the difficulty in achieving an acceptable design solution for stations 1-3 at Grangegorman Lower, given the complexity of traffic management changes necessary to accommodate all users in this area into the future (such as taxi, bus, mobility impaired parking, etc) at the college campus. Between now and mid January, the Council will undertake Road Safety Audits of the remaining preferred sites.

Therefore, the current proposed locations are as follows:

1.           Grangegorman Lower No1, Dublin 7

2.            Grangegorman Lower No2, Dublin 7

3.            Grangegorman Lower No3, Dublin 7

4.            Rathdown Road, Dublin 7

5.            Charleville Road, Dublin 7

6.            Avondale Road, Dublin 7

7.            Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7

8.            George’s Lane, Dublin 7

9.            Western Way, Dublin 7

10.          North Circular Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 1

11.          Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1

12.          Killarney Street, Dublin 1

13.          Buckingham Street Lower, Dublin 1 (West side)

14.          Merrion Square South, Dublin 2

15.          Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2

16.          Buckingham Street Lower, Dublin 1 (East side) [contingency]

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North Wall Matters – Winter 2017

NORTH WALL PUBLIC LIGHTING UPGRADES

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, through the North East Inner City Project Board, has provided funding to Dublin City Council for the upgrading of public lighting across the north-east inner city. As a result of the allocation of this money, Dublin City Council undertaken works, including:

Painting of Lamp Standards,

Replacement of existing Brackets,

Installation of lanterns with new Brackets and LED lights.

To date, the City Council has completed the painting of Lamp Standards on Amiens Street, between Connolly Station and Seville Place. Similar works have taken place along the North Circular Road, between Seville Place and Poplar Row. The Public Lighting is now seeking to progress LED upgrades on streets across the North Wall, including Coburg Place, Emerald Place, First Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Mariners Port, Oriel Street Lower, Oriel Street Upper, Second Avenue and Third Avenue. Importantly, the Council intends to act on an issue that I have consistently raised in recent years regarding the quality of lighting on the walkway under the Seville Place Bridge. Both myself and Minister Paschal Donohoe will work to update you of further progress in respect of this upgrade Programme.

ROADS IMPROVEMENT WORKS 2017

I am delighted that the Roads Maintenance Division of Dublin City Council has now carried repairs to damaged speed ramps across the North Wall which I worked to secure funding for earlier this year. Repairs and improvements have been undertaken to ramps at the junctions of Seville Place with Fourth Avenue, Third Avenue, Second Avenue and First Avenue. Across the coming weeks, I will be meeting Roads Maintenance officials to identify streets across the North Wall that require resurfacing and should be included in the 2018 North Inner City works programme.

TEMPORARY SCHOOL RELOCATION – PLANNING APPLICATION LODGED

The Planning Department of Dublin City Council is considering an application for planning to enable the temporary relocation of St. Laurence O’Toole’s Girls and Boys National Schools during the planned refurbishment works. In the event that planning permission is granted by Dublin City Council both the girls and boys national schools will be relocated into a two storey ten classroom facility for the duration of the refurbishment and amalgamation of the schools in the existing building on St. Laurence’s Place. The planning application was lodged on October 23rd last and I anticipate that a decision will be made by the middle of December. Both Minister Donohoe and I will work to keep local residents updated of developments in this regard.

NEW CITY COUNCIL ONLINE HOUSING APPLICATION SYSTEM

Since October 24th last, Dublin City Council has established a new online system to allow applicants for alternative housing to track the progress of their application. This new online system enables applicants to view their position on the housing waiting list. If you have applied for alternative housing with Dublin City Council, you will be able to view your position on the relevant area list you applied for or whether you have a priority status on either medical or welfare grounds. Applicants can access this new system at http://www.dublincity.ie/HousingOnline by logging on using your Housing Application Number and your Date of Birth. Officials in the Housing Allocations Section of the Council have begun notifying all applicants that the new online system has gone live. If you have any questions or queries arising from the details above, please email me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy. All adult residents in the city have the right to vote in Local, European and General Elections as well as Referenda. If you want your voice to be heard be voting, make sure that you are on the Electoral Register. Email me at raymcadam@gmail.com if you are uncertain as to whether you are registered and I can find that out for you. If you are not registered, I can send you a voter registration form which is easy to complete. The deadline for you to be registered at November 25th 2017. By making sure you are registered, you can ensure that your vote counts and your voice is heard at the next election or in forthcoming Referenda!

ROYAL CANAL GREENWAY – PROGRESS REPORT

Since my last update on the dedicated cycle and pedestrian route along the Royal Canal, Dublin City Council has made some changes to the planned programme of works, which has delayed the start of construction work. With regards the stretch between Sheriff Street Upper and the North Strand, the Transportation Department has added the upgrade of the Seville Place/Sheriff Street junction to the scheme. The detailing and agreement of additional elements of work with relevant parties, receipt of supplementary ground investigations information, the development of a rodent eradication specification and further work for addressing invasive species which had spread significantly since the previous survey undertaken by the City Council contributed to the delay. The initial phase of the tendering process has now been completed with Council officials expecting the second stage to start in November. In terms of Phase III of the project, between the North Strand Road and the Phibsborough Road, the Council has had to review the documentation surrounding the cost of the project, meaning that tender documents should now be issued in December 2017. Therefore, no construction work will begin on the site until mid-Spring 2018, which is disappointing.

SHERIFF STREET PLAYGROUND

A further tendering process to select a contractor to undertake the works to enhance the Rainbow Park playground has been completed. At the North Inner City Area Committee meeting this week, Council officials confirmed to me that a contractor has now been selected and approved and I expect these works to begin later this month. The works will incorporate a new play space design following on from the consultation process with local kids earlier this summer. The cost of these works are being covered by the Government through the North East Inner Project Office chaired by Michael Stone.

SHERIFF STREET LIFTING BRIDGE

Our Fine Gael-led Government committed to covering 50% of the cost to repaint the Sheriff Street Lifting Bridge. Dublin City Council recently sought tenders from interested contractors which resulted in a slightly higher than expected cost. This process has delayed works beginning and while it was intention of the North East Inner City Project Office to begin work straight away, the Gardaí and the Transportation Department of the City Council has requested that they be deferred until after Christmas. This decision was agreed upon as neither the Garda nor senior City Council officials wanted to close down a traffic lane on Sheriff Street for the duration of the works in the build-up to Christmas. I want to assure you that myself and Minister Paschal Donohoe will continue to liaise with the Project Office and Dublin City Council to make sure this work begins quickly in the new year.

CCTV EXPANSION – NORTH EAST INNER CITY

Funding made available by Minister Paschal Donohoe in the Budget for the North East Inner City Project office has allowed the Gardaí to expand the CCTV network across the North Wall and the wider north-east inner city. €300,000 has been allocated by the NEIC Project Implementattion Board to enable the Gardaí to install new cameras within the Store Street and Mountjoy Garda districts. These cameras will be installed in various locations within Summerhill, the Five Lamps, Sean McDermott Street Street, Amiens Street and Sheriff Street among others. The additional cameras will be monitored from Store Street Garda Station and will be used by Garda officers only. The expansion of the CCTV network across the North Wall and the City Centre, is in line with the recommendations of the Mulvey Report, and will be of huge help and reassurance to the local community and the Gardai.

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL HOUSING MAINTENANCE WORKS

As a member of the Dublin City Council’s Housing Committee, I can confirm that the Housing Maintenance Department have made changes to how repair works will be managed in the future. Maintenance Staff will now carry out repairs by a pre-arranged appointment. If you have made contact with the Housing Maintenance Department to arrange for a crew to undertake repair works in your home but if you miss the appointment or need to change it to an alternative date, you make those arrangements by calling Housing Maintenance directly on 01 222 2191 or 01 222 2222. If you experience any difficulties in securing an appointment for a maintenance crew to call to your home, please make sure to contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

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