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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROAD RE-SURFACING WORKS 2017
Throughout the past number of months, both myself and Minister Paschal Donohoe have been working to secure funding to upgrade the surface of local roads. Contractors recently re-surfaced Sherrard Street, Mountjoy Square, Great Charles Street, Gardiner Place, Denmark Street and Hill Street. Further works are to take place next week on re-surfacing Fitzgibbon Street. These works will result in the temporary closure of Fitzgibbon Street between Monday, November 20th and Monday, November 27th. Pedestrian and local access will be retained for the duration of the re-surfacing works. However, vehicular traffic on Mountjoy Square East wishing to travel on Fitzgibbon Street onto the North Circular Road will be diverted via Great Charles Street. Both Minister Donohoe and I will work to secure additional money over the coming months to ensure that more local streets are upgraded.
NORTH EAST INNER CITY PRIMARY CARE CENTRE – PROGRESS REPORT
Little over twelve months ago, local Minister Paschal Donohoe along with myself and Health Minister, Simon Harris T.D. turned the sod on the new Primary Care Centre on the former Mountainview Court site in Summerhill. Balfour Beatty contractors are making huge progress on advancing the building project. As you know the new facility will provide a base for a comprehensive range of health and social care services including:
– General Practice services
– Public Health / Community Nursing Services
– Occupational Therapy Services
– Physiotherapy Services
– Speech & Language Services
– Psychology Services
– Dietetic Services
– Social Work services
– Home Help services
– Dental services
– Mental Health Day Hospital & Community Mental Health services
– Early Intervention & School Age services for Children with Disabilities
– Ambulance services
Upon completion of the building project, the HSE will arrange for the fit out of the facility. This will then enable the new North East Inner City Primary Care Centre to open by next summer.
FITZGIBBON STREET GARDA STATION – NEXT STEPS
Funding has been approved for the refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station. Budget 2018, announced by local T.D. and Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe confirmed that the Department of Justice and Equality has been allocated an additional €157 million in capital expenditure between now and 2021 to deliver a number of projects including Refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station. The OPW is on course to submit planning permission prior to Christmas 2017 for the refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Station. The tendering process and other associated steps will be carried out in tandem with the planning process in order to ensure that construction begins on site as quickly as possible.
CITY CENTRE GRAFFITI REMOVAL
The Public Domain Unit of Dublin City Council has been removing incidents of graffiti from various buildings and locations across the City Centre. The Council’s Corporate Contractor and its own Waste Management Services have removed graffiti along Dorset Lane, Sherrard Street Upper, Rutland Place, Hill Street, Royal Canal Bank opposite the Croke Park Hotel, Portland Street North, North Frderick Street, Cumberland Street North and Sean McDermott Street. If there are items of graffiti on your street or avenue, please contact me at email@example.com and I will arrange for its removal.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
TACKLING THE SCOURGE OF DOG FOULING
The Dublin Central Area Office of Dublin City Council has commenced a pilot programme to help reduce the scourge of dog fouling across the North Inner City. Officials have identified a number of areas where the initiative will be trialed. The pilot areas include the Royal Canal Walkway, Blessington Street Basin and Fontenoy Street. Dog dispensers and bins will be installed with dog bags distributed to the public in order to promote awareness of the good practice in cleaning up after your dog. Mobile units will move from area to area in order to help combat dog fouling on our streets.
ROYAL CANAL GREENWAY – PROGRESS REPORT
Since my last update on the delivery of a dedicated cycle and pedestrian route along the Royal Canal, a number of issues have arisen which have delayed construction work on the project to begin. Dublin City Council has added the upgrade of a road junction to the Phase II programme of works. The initial phase of the tendering process has now been completed with Council officials expecting the second stage to start in November. All going to plan, it is anticipated that construction can begin on March 29th 2018. 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. It is anticipated that the Contractor will be on site before the end of April 2018. The project requires certain approvals from Waterways Ireland. We have made the relevant submissions to Waterways Ireland. It is normal that most decisions are referred to the North South Ministerial Council. The absence of a Government in Stormont poses a serious risk to the start date. The Contractor cannot start until all licences and easements from Waterways Ireland are in place.
CCTV EXPANSION – NORTH EAST INNER CITY
Funding made available by Minister Paschal Donohoe in the Budget for the North East Inner Project Office has allowed the Gardaí expand the CCTV network across the City Centre. €300,000 has been allocated by the NEIC Project Implementation Board to enable the Gardaí install new cameras within the Mountjoy and Store Street Garda districts. These cameras will be installed in various locations within Summerhill, the Five Lamps, Sean McDermott Street, Sheriff Street and Amiens 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 in 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 Gardaí.
TACKLING THE SCOURGE OF DERELICT SITES
One of the fundamental tenets of the Mulvey Report was the area of physical regeneration of the North East Inner City. Within that context, Dublin City Council, in particular, the Derelict Sites Section and the Planning and Property Development Department are working in addressing dereliction of sites and buildings located within the City Centre. Council officials are currently working within the scope of the Derelict Sites Act 1990 to ascertain what enforcement and corrective action taken by taken with regards a number of sites, including the vacant site at the corner of Russell Street and the North Circular Road as well as sites and buildings on Foley Street, Rutland Street Lower, Terrace Place, North Clarence Street and Ballybough Road. In similar instances in other parts of the City, Dublin City Council has exercised its power to acquire sites deemed to be derelict under the 1990 Derelict Sites Act. I believe similar action should be taken here as well. Both Minister Donohoe and I will work to keep you updated of further developments in this regard.
COMMUNITY BASED CCTV SCHEMES
Our Fine Gael-led Government recently announced details of a new grant aid scheme to assist local groups in establishing community-based CCTV systems. Under the scheme, eligible community groups can apply for up to 60% of the total capital cost of a proposed CCTV system, up to a maximum grant of €40,000. Upon approval of the grant, the applicant will receive an upfront payment of 50% of the grant with the balance to be paid when the system is fully operational. €1 million has been provided by the Government in Budget 2017 and it is planned that similar funding will be available across each of the next three years. Such community run schemes, when operated in conjunction with a text alert scheme helps to give our communities an enhanced ability to be proactive about the prevention of crime locally. Further details of the scheme are available by contacting the Department of Justice at email@example.com.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee