Questions/answers to July Local area committee meeting
Q43 Councillor Sophie Nicoullaud
To ask the Area Manager when the new Bluebell allotments will receive enough top soil for the garden to serve its purpose, so gardeners can dig holes to do any planting? As it is now, there is only a thin surface of top soil covering construction rubble.
I am awaiting a report in relation to quality and composition of the top soil in the new allotments in Bluebell. I will inform the Councillor of any action that needs to be taken following receipt of the report.
Q44 Councillor Sophie Nicoullaud
To ask the Area Manager to add double yellow lines on La Touche Road in Bluebell in front of the shops. Cars park on both sides and it does not allow for an emergency vehicle to go through. This is a good example of good quality public space where we need to remove as many cars as possible: the way it now cars have a negative effect on a good quality public space. Residents, rightly so, demand less cars there.
The above request has been referred to the Traffic Advisory Group for examination and report. The Councillor will be informed of the recommendation in due course.
Q45 Councillor Sophie Nicoullaud
To ask the Area Manager what can be done concerning very low water pressure in public and private houses in the old part of Bluebell (Bluebell Road, Drive and around). Residents would like to have a survey done on private and public dwellings.
As this issue is a matter for Irish Water it should be referred directly to Irish Water.
Q46 Councillor Sophie Nicoullaud
To ask the Area Manager if a yellow box can be added to the junction of Glenaulin and Lucan Road in Chapelizod. There are about 35 houses, one block of apartments with a minimum of six apartments and the Glenaulin nursing home with an occupancy of 87 residents at the end of the cul de sac and the daily traffic of truck delivery and private bus transportation that comes with it and around 27 car parking spaces belonging to the nursing home.
The above request has been referred to the Traffic Advisory Group for examination and report. The Councillor will be informed of the recommendation in due course
Q48 Councillor Sophie Nicoullaud
To ask the Area Manager to give a statement with regards to asbestos on the site at the old Clayton Love on Jamestown Road in Inchicore. There was a fire there some time ago and residents are concerned for their health and the health of their children as there was asbestos in the building.
The Dangerous Buildings Inspector for the area last inspected this site as of September 2017 further to a fire incident, reported by Dublin Fire Brigade.
The premises was found to be open to entry. Dangerous Buildings proceeded to re-secure the site including, ground level door openings and front entrance gates, under remit of the Local Government sanitary Services Act 1964. A DB 1. Notice was duly issued to the owner dated 1/11/2017.
Dangerous Buildings have no remit with regard to removal of asbestos related materials. It is the responsibility of the owners to maintain a secure and safe premises at all times.
Q49 Councillor Sophie Nicoullaud
To ask the Area Manager what will be done to secure safety and access to pedestrian crossing at the junction of Cooley Road and Slievemore Road where cars park on double yellow line and obstruct access to pedestrian crossing. Wheelchairs, people with low mobility and elderly people need full access. Residents have asked for bollards.
It is not normal DCC policy to introduce bollards or parking restrictions where restrictions are already covered under the law Under The Road Traffic (Traffic & Parking) Regulations, Section 36 paragraph(2) (i), it is illegal to park on a footway, a grass margin or a median strip”
Q50 Councillor Sophie Nicoullaud
To ask the Area Manager to review the situation of DCC car park at corner of Cromwellsfort Road and St Agnes Road, Crumlin Cross. There is a big underground car park across the street at the Ashleaf Shopping Centre, so keeping this small one seems redundant. This parking is not maintained and offers a chaotic system for drivers. After hours, cars cut through the parking lot to avoid waiting at the traffic light which represent a huge danger for pedestrians. Tree planting would offer a solution there to counteract air pollution from heavy traffic going through this intersection and air pollution from more cars at the Applegreen gas station on St Agnes Road. A green area there is needed to transform this intersection into a pleasant environment for non-car users.
There are some significant complications surrounding the carpark including the issue of a split in ownership between South Dublin County Council, Private ownership and DCC.
Can the councillor please work with the area office to confirm that there is local support for the removal of parking spaces at this location? If this is the case, resources can be allocated to investigate the request further.
Q51 Councillor Sophie Nicoullaud
To ask Area Manager if there is a plan to add more cycling lanes on St Agnes Road. It is a very dangerous environment for cyclists. An effort has been made to add a cycling lane in Crumlin Village on St Agnes Road but there is no cycling lane north and south of this small section of cycling lane.
This matter will be investigated by a member of the Mobility and Planning Unit of the Environment and Transportation Department and a reply will be issued directly to the Councillor.