Garda Youth Awards 2017

Dublin North Central Gardaí in association with Croke Park have today officially launched the first annual Dublin North Central Youth Awards.

These awards are being launched to celebrate outstanding young people between 13 and 21 years of age and will recognise the good work being done by young people throughout the communities of Dublin North Central.

Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live.

There will also be an award for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. All nominees and group members should be between 13 and 21 years of age.

An application form can be downloaded at https://crokepark.ie/youthawards

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St. Michan’s House Matters – Autumn 2017

SECURING FORMER TAX OFFICE BUILDING
Following on from serious concerns raised by the St. Michan’s House Residents’ Association, Minister Paschal Donohoe and I wrote to the owner of the site requesting that action be taken immediately to better secure the site. Robert Keran, Project Manager with Virtus, whose client are the owners responded to Minister Donohoe outlining what actions would be undertaken. I have attached a copy of this letter on the back of this leaflet. Furthermore, as your local Councillor, I met with Robert Keran, Superintendent Ann Markey from the Bridewell and John Downey, Planning Enforcement Manger with Dublin City Council on Wednesday last to ensure an action plan is put in place to deliver on these commitments. That meeting resulted in the following being agreed:
• G4S Security made their first patrol on Wednesday and reported no visible activity on site. They are making two more visits overnight and the same pattern will continue for the foreseeable future.
• G4S Security erected on Thursday, a warning signage on the site perimeters and will secure the gate to Greek Street with a chain/padlock or similar.
• Stewart Construction have now made two visits to the site and are preparing a proposal to (i) clear the outdoor areas of rubbish and any dangerous items and (ii) erect a full perimeter hoarding of circa 2.5 / 3 metres high from footpath level. There will be a little lead in time with this, but we will progress it as quickly as possible.
Robert Keran has also offered to meet residents who may have further questions or queries arising from the proposed action steps that will be undertaken by VIRTUS on behalf of the site owner. Please let me know if you would like to take up this offer by emailing me at raymcadam@gmail.com or phone 086 847 1720.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION DEVELOPMENT
Dublin City Council has liaised with the contractor to ensure that works on site comply with the operative working hours as outlined in the planning permission granted by the Planning Department. I attended a meeting with St. Michan’s House Residents’ Association, a representative of Mortar Developments Properties Ltd and another public representative where it is accepted that some of the early start times were unacceptable and that Mortar Developments would follow up on that.

LIFFEY CYCLE ROUTE – PROJECT SUSPENDED!
Following the very unsatisfactory manner in how Dublin City Council advanced a variety of options for the delivery of the Liffey Cycle Route, the National Transport Authority has directed the Council to suspend all works on the project. The National Transport Authority has now indicated that an Independent Third Party will undertake a review of the entire project and the various proposals that have published with regards how the Liffey Cycle Route can be delivered. Over the past twelve months, I have reiterated my opposition to Option 7 given the potential impact this proposal would have on Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Arbour Hill, Smithfield and the wider north-west inner city. No timeline has been provided by the National Transport Authority for the completion of this independent review but as Chairman of the North Inner City Area Committee, I will be seeking a firm commitment from the National Transport Authority that the local community will be afforded the opportunity to input directly into this review. With that in mind, I have invited the Save our Streets Campaign to speak at the North Inner City Area Committee meeting in City Hall on October 10th next to begin that process.

REPORTING MAINTENANCE ISSUES
Over the past week or so, I have visited a number of homes in St. Michan’s House with regards to serious maintenance issues that have been raised with me. There is a need for Dublin City Council to respond to these issues quicker and more effectively and as the Chairman of the North Inner City Area Committee, I will be highlighting my concerns with the Executive Manager of the Housing Maintenance Department. I’ll report back to you and the St. Michan’s House Residents Association further.

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Traffic Management Plan for East Wall

Last Tuesday, an emergency motion I put forward along with Independent Councillor, Christy Burke, for a traffic management plan in East Wall to be established was successful.
The current situation being experienced by East Wallers in no longer acceptable and Senior Engineers in Dublin City Council need to start thinking outside the proverbial box in order to ensure that the increased volumes of traffic using local roads is better managed. Local householders and businesses have been in touch with me looking for action to be taken in a coordinated manner. The emergency motion which was successful on Tuesday called upon senior management in the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council to present a draft plan by year’s end that can form the basis of a public consultation across East Wall after Christmas.
As Chairman of the North Inner City Area Committee, I have sought to have the senior engineers to attend next month’s meeting to start work on developing this plan. It is my intention to keep this issue on the City Council’s agenda every month until an effective traffic management plan is put in place for East Wall. 

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Stoneybatter Matters – Autumn 2017


LIFFEY CYCLE ROUTE – PROJECT SUSPENDED!

Following the very unsatisfactory manner in how Dublin City Council advanced a variety of options for the delivery of the Liffey Cycle Route, the National Transport Authority has directed the Council to suspend all works on the project. The National Transport Authority has now indicated that an Independent Third Party will undertake a review of the entire project and the various proposals that have published with regards how the Liffey Cycle Route can be delivered. Over the past twelve months, I have reiterated my opposition to Option 7 given the potential impact this proposal would have on Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Arbour Hill, Smithfield and the wider north-west inner city. No timeline has been provided by the National Transport Authority for the completion of this independent review but as Chairman of the North Inner City Area Committee, I will be seeking a firm commitment from the National Transport Authority that the local community will be afforded the opportunity to input directly into this review. With that in mind, I have invited the Save our Streets Campaign to speak at the North Inner City Area Committee meeting in City Hall on October 10th next to begin that process.

 
STONEYBATTER SUCCESS IN NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARDS

Stoneybatter enjoyed great success at the local and city-wide Neighbourhood Awards recently. Among the local winners were IUNVA, Infirmary Road & District Environmental & Community Group, Stoneybatter Pride of Place, Gerard Scully, Manor Street/Stoneybatter Residents & Traders’ Association, St. Gabriel’s National School, Kirwan Street and Kirwan Street Cottages and Bi Urban. These winners went on represent the North Inner City at the City Neighbourhood Awards in Croke Park last week where Stoneybatter had another successful evening, where:

  • Pride of Place was the Joint Winner of the Team Dublin Clean-up.
  • Manor Street and Stoneybatter Residents & Business Association came 2nd for the Best Urban Village.
  • Kirwan Street & Cottages Residents Association were 2nd in the Under 150 Dwellings Category.
  • Infirmary Road & District Environmental and Community Group finished 3rd in the Over 150 Dwellings Category.
  • Gerard Scully, Ashford Cottages deservedly won 2nd place in the Individual Endeavour Category.

Congratulations to everyone involved and to each of the winners and for the huge work you do to further enhance your own ‘little patch’!

 

ED SHEERAN CONCERTS – MAY 2018

Aiken Promotions has formally lodged an application with Dublin City Council to secure an Event Licence to enable the Ed Sheeran concerts in the Phoenix Park to take place next summer. The three concerts are take place on Wednesday 16th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May 2018. Aiken Promotions, in their application, have sought permission to begin setting up the concert area within the Phoenix Park from April 26th next. Construction works will be completed between 8am and 10pm daily, with the exception of concert days when it is intended for works to continue until 1am. The formal Event Licence application was lodged with the City Council on Tuesday, September 26th last. Stoneybatter residents and other interested stakeholders will have the opportunity to view the application as well as to lodge observations and submissions with the Council by Tuesday, October 17th next. All observations should be submitted in writing to: Event Licencing Section, Planning Department, Block 4, Floor 2, Civic Offices Wood Quay, Dublin 8 or alternatively to the following email addresses john.downey@dublincity.ie , graham.kiersey@dublincity.ie.

 

STONEYBATTER GRAFFITI REMOVAL

The Public Domain Unit of Dublin City Council has been removing incidents of graffiti from various buildings and locations across Stoneybatter in recent weeks. The Council’s Corporate Contractor and its own Waste Management Services have removed graffiti along Kirwan Street, Palatine Square, Kirwan Street Cottages and Arbour Hill. If there are items of graffiti on your street or avenue, please contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com and I will arrange for its removal.

 

HALLOWEEN PREPARATIONS 2017

Dublin City Council Approach:

As Halloween approaches, the Public Domain Office of Dublin City Council will direct Litter Wardens to visit tyre retail premises to ensure that tyres are properly disposed. Furthermore, litter wardens will seek to ensure that premises reduce waste tyre stock in. Litter wardens will also contact Market businesses regarding the storage of pallets within markets located across the North Inner City. Environmental Services officers will also monitor and inspect sites or properties that have ‘traditionally’ been used as storage areas for tyres and pallets. If you come across any materials for bonfires being stored nearby, please contact either myself or the Public Domain Officer at 1800 248 348 or litter.central@dublincity.ie.

Garda Operation Tombola:

An Garda Siochana’s operation to police the Halloween period has kicked into effect. The approach undertaken by the Gardai centres on:

  • Deploying hi-visibility patrols throughout the North Inner City to tackle any anti-social behaviour, or other criminal behaviour.
  • Deploying an overt Public Order Unit capability on Halloween night across the North Inner City.
  • Establishing a liaison with City Council Area Managers and other agencies to ensure there is a co-ordinated approach to help reduce the availability and prevent the use of tyres as combustible material.
  • Intelligence led operations to prevent and detect the organised importation for the sale of fireworks, between now and Halloween.
  • Auditing areas across the North Inner City for skips and ensure that all skips are removed or properly secured to prevent the contents being set alight.

These plans are designed to ensure public safety and an environment conducive to the public’s enjoyment of this holiday period.

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS SCHEME 2018 – APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN!

The Dublin City Council Community Grant Scheme is now open for applications. The closing date is the 27th October 2017. All applicants for the 2017 scheme will be sent an application form for next year’s scheme. ALL APPLICATIONS should be returned to: Community and Social Development, Block 3, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. More information can be accessed through http://www.dublincity.ie or by contacting the Community & Social Section of the Council at Tel:2222148or by email at doce@dublincity.ie.

 

UPDATE ON STONEYBATTER VACANT SITE PLANNING APPLICATION

Earlier this summer, Bartra Real Estate Ltd lodged an application with Dublin City Council seeking planning permission for the redevelopment of the vacant site on Stoneybatter, next to Lloyds Pharmacy. The application was submitted on July 28th and the proposed development included plans for the construction of a seven storey/ four storey building consisting of 23 apartments. The breakdown of new homes will be 6x 1 bedroom units, 14x 2 bedroom units and 3x 3 bedroom units. Balconies will be provided on the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth floor levels. Twenty-four bicycle spaces are also proposed within the application and facilities including a communal open space, play space and other development works. Eleven observations were lodged with the Planning Department which resulted in Additional Information being sought off the applicant in respect of five separate areas, including:

  1. The Council has ‘serious concern’ over the proposed height, scale and massing of the proposed development.
  2. Further ‘concerns’ were raised by the Planning Department regarding potential over-looking and loss of privacy.
  3. The site, in question, is zoned Z3 which seeks to provide for and improve neighbourhood facilities.
  4. Provide extra information about the proposed boundary treatment.
  5. Extra details about the proposed render finish and long-term maintenance concerns.

The applicant will now have, up to six months, to lodge that additional information with Dublin City Council. Residents who have already lodged an observation on the original plans will have an opportunity to submit further views and opinions on the extra documentation requested by the Council. I will work to keep you updated of further developments in respect of this planning application.

 

LOCAL NEWS IN BRIEF…

  • The City Council has appointed a contractor to complete Phase III of the St. Bricin’s Court refurbishment works. Unacceptable delays have occurred with the completion of Phase II which the Council is endeavouring to resolve as best it can.
  • A Contractor for the construction of the first 56 homes in O’Devaney Gardens will now be agreed by early January with works to begin by the end of March at the latest. Further meetings of the Consultative Forum, which I co-chair have been taking place.
  • The request for Pay & Display and Permit Parking to be introduced on Arklow Street was defeated in a ballot of residents.
  • I have asked Dublin City Council to examine the potential for a Bicycle Hangar system to be trialled in Stoneybatter. Such a system would allow for between 10 and 15 bicycles to be parked in such a hangar. When the Council has completed its assessment work, I will update you further.
  • Despite this year’s weed spraying programme being more effective than last year’s, it did not take place until very late in the spring. Therefore, I have asked the City Council to consider carrying out an earlier round of spraying across March or April. Again, when a final decision is taken, I’ll let you know the outcome.
  • As Chairman of the Dublin Central Policing District, I have been liaising with the Assistant Garda Commissioner for Dublin to secure further Garda transport for the Division. I am pleased to report that a new Garda Public Order Van for the Bridewell will be in place across the coming weeks to further compliment the proactive policing by local officers.
  • Tuath Housing Association has lodged an application to redevelop the Ellis Court on Benburb Street in order to build 22 new homes. The public consultation aspect of the planning process will conclude on October 23rd next.
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Ellis Court planning application – LODGED


Tuath Housing Association lodged its planning application with Dublin City Council last week to seek permission to refurbish the vacant Ellis Court building. 

The application was registered on September 19th last and the Planning Reference Number is 3885/17.


MAIN ASPECTS OF PLANNING APPLICATION:

  • Refurbishment and deep retrofit of both Blocks A & B. 
  • Provision of 22 homes, including 6x 1 bedroom apartments, 13x 2 bedroom apartments, 2x 2 bedroom townhouses and 1x 3 bedroom townhouse. 
  • The existing rear return to Block A will be demolished. 
  • Construction of a new 4x storey extension to Block A. 
  • All existing railings and gates at the entrance to Ellis Court will be removed. 
  • Provision of no car-parking spaces but 22x bicycle parking spaces within the courtyard. 
  • Installation of new foul and surface water drainage infrastructure. 

The public consultation period for interested parties to lodge an observation ends on October 23rd 2017.
If you would like to meet with the Planners in Dublin City Council to discuss the particulars of the application, please let me know and I will arrange such a meeting. 


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Expansion of CCTV in North-East Inner City 

As Chairman of the Dublin Central Policing District, I have been working with the Gardai and the Government’s Taskforce Implementation Board to ensure that commitments to widen the roll-out of CCTV in the north-east inner city is delivered. €300,000 has been allocated by the Implementation Board to enable the expansion of the CCTV scheme. 

I am happy to announce that a number of potential locations have now been identified in the Store Street and Mountjoy Districts by the Gardai. Some preparatory work is currently ongoing and it is recommended that a further 12 cameras are installed, 5 in the Store Street District and 7 in the Mountjoy District (maps attached), listed below: 

Mountjoy District 

1. Junction of Summerhill and Gardiner St. 

2. Junction of Glouster Diamond and Sean Mc Dermott St. (cover Corporation St.) 

3. Rutland St. Preference would be half way up (near Bella St.)  

4. Junction of Sean Mc Dermott St. and Killarney St. 

5. Five lamps to cover Portland Row 

6. Junction of NCR and Summerhill (Near the Brendan Behan pub)  

7. Top of Buckingham St. and Summerhill   

 

Store Street District 

1. Amiens Street / Buckingham Street Lower Junction 

2. Railway Street / James Joyce Street Junction 

3. Seville Place / Oriel Street Junction 

4. Sheriff Street / Seville Place Junction  

5. Commons Street / Sheriff Street Junction  
It is intended that an application for approval of the scheme extension will be made to the Garda Commissioner (Garda CCTV Advisory Board) under HQ Directive 24/2008. A requirement of this directive and application is a written approval from the Local Authority following consultation with the Joint Policing Committee of the CCTV scheme.  

It is my intention to seek the support of my Council colleagues to ensure that this proposal is advanced as quickly as possible. 

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Update on future use of Readymix site, East Wall Road


During the summer, many North Strand residents contacted me about the potential use of the Readymix Site along East Wall Road. As indicated in my North Strand Matters newsletter, I followed up with the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, requesting clarification from the Council as to what it intended to do with the site. 

Senior Planners responded to my representations at the September meeting of the City Council. Those officials advised that:

The former Readymix site is located at 5 – 23 North Strand Road. There is no current planning permission on the site. The last planning application reg. ref: 4426/05 for a development of 130 apartments was refused by Dublin City Council. The site is currently in the ownership of Dublin City Council and was placed on the Vacant Sites Register, established under the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act, 2015. The site is zoned Z4 (To provide for and improve mixed-services facilities). 

The Readymix site is one of the few remaining sites of significant scale within the City Centre in the ownership of Dublin City Council. It is conceivable, in my view, that proposals for the delivery of housing on the site could be presented to Councillors. Let me, however, assure North Strand residents that I will work to keep you updated of developments in this respect. 

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