Jackie O’Reilly – Environment Report

Item No: 16

To the Chairperson and Members of the
North West Area Committee

Meeting: 15th July 2011

JULY ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT

Domestic Waste Waivers/Bills
Domestic Waste bills are due to issue in July. An insert is to be included in the next domestic waste. It is to inform customers that we are aware they have submitted a waiver application however due to high volumes of waivers received their application is pending and waiting to be processed. It explains that customers should pay the outstanding charges & if the waiver is granted we will credit the account if required.

This should not be an issue for the North West Area as we have been processing all waivers submitted to us on a weekly basis. This will affect customers who applied to Revenue directly.

Gateway Estate

Following recent inspections it has come to my attention that parts of Gateway Estate are beginning to attract dumping again and some residents are failing to keep their gardens in an acceptable condition. The Litter Warden will be carrying out investigations into same in and he will issue warning letter & litter fines if required.

Weed spraying

Weed spraying of roads, channels, and laneways will commence on Tuesday 6th July in this area. It will be completed within a week.
Following the spray weeds will die off in 7/10days. Residents are encouraged to removed weeds as we do not have the resources to remove weeds in the entire area and we will only concentrate on priority routes.

Finglas Village Public Realm Plan Update

Following a presentation to North West Area Councillors on the 5th May by the Planning Department, Parks & Landscape Division & the Public Domain Officer in relation to Finglas Village, it was agreed that a report would issue to the Area Committee listing specific works that will be implemented by the relevant departments over the duration of the Finglas Village Public Realm Plan.

Phase 1 – April 2011 – 2012
Phase 2 – May 2012 – 2013
Phase 3 – 2013

Roads & Traffic

Phase 1

• Conduct traffic counts and prepare report for proposed plan on 5 arm junction.
• Examine junction at Towson’s to improve pedestrian linkage to Village.
• Agree locations for additional signage North and South of N2.
• Implement Suburban Village blue rate Parking charges (60c per hour)
• Meeting to be held with all parking providers in the Village to
consider incentives for customer parking.
• Discuss parking enforcement matters with An Garda Siochana.
• Clarify Dublin Bus proposed route changes and possible impacts on Village.
• Determine potential to provide a lay-by off N2 to facilitate a
terminal for Dublin Bus adjacent to Village.
• Determine locations for additional bicycle stands.
• Investigate and develop “walk to school routes”
• Complete access audits for all streets in village.

Phase 2

• Examine feasibility of providing longer lane for turning right from
N2 into Village.
• Develop Cycle Plan for the Village and its environs
• Prepare and implement schedule of works following recommendations of
Access Audits (subject to finance).

Parks and Landscape Division

Phase 1
• Increase opening hours of St. Canices Graveyard during Summer 2011
(as a pilot project)
• Encourage business owners, TidyTowns volunteers and Friends of the
Village to increase planting in the Village.
• Introduce planting programme for park and open spaces at gateway
nodes to village.
• Prepare plan to redevelop Park on N2 at Finglas Road (including
Public Consultation)

Phase 2
• Introduce ornamental planting and seating schemes at key monuments.
• Devise strategy from Parks perspective to lessen the impact of N2 on
Village and Church Street.
• Redevelop open space on N2 and green area north of Glenhill Estate.

Planning and City Architects requirements

• Ensure Public Realm Plan for Finglas Village dovetails with the
development of Village Improvement Plan in line with SC09 objective of City Development Plan 2011-2017.
• Carry out ongoing monitoring of land uses to ensure reasonable mix
and variety of development.
• Consider the attachment of conditions to new planning permissions
with regard to shop front design, access audits and contributions towards improvements in the public realm.

Phase 2 & 3

• Review requirements for a planning and development framework to set
guidance for private developments.
• Work with City Architects to develop a “Use of Colour Strategy” for
Finglas Village.
• Access potential for a Wayfinding project for Finglas Village.

Area Office

Phase 1

• Ensure painting programme for lamp standards is complete.
• Continue summer planting scheme.
• Relocate Christmas tree to Finglas Village
• Identify location and relocate Mother and Child sculpture.
• Monitor ongoing cleaning schedule.
• Initiate regular clean ups in Village with Tidy Town Volunteers.
• Collaborate with Finglas Historical Society to develop Heritage
Trail with signage.
• Identify suitable location for permanent Heritage display in Finglas Village.
• Explore funding and grant opportunities and progress a Finglas
Heritage Project.

Phase 2

• Identify key buildings for painting in line with colour strategy.
• Examine provision of lighting to serve footbridge.
• Examine potential to improve appearance of laneways.
• Enforce Laws on street furniture and signage.
• Continue to explore funding opportunities.
• Set up Village Development Group.
• North West Area Committee to pursue financial strategies to support
and sustain businesses in the Village.
• North West Area Committee to monitor review of Casual Trading Bye
Laws and the potential to target key events e.g. Halloween, Christmas, Markets
• Collaborate with Tolka Area Partnership businesses and other
stakeholders in the village to develop a Trade Association.
• Engage with Village residents and businesses to seek their buy-in to
improve the visual impact of the Village.

Parking Facilities in Finglas Village

There are currently three main parking providers in Finglas Village.
There is also a number of locations where free one hour parking is provided throughout the village.

Parking Providers:
• Dublin City Council
• Nationwide Controlled Parking System (NCPS)
• Euro Car Parks (ECP)

Parking Provider Location of Car Park Rates/Tariffs Business Rates Clamping
Dublin City Council (controlled by Drogheda Mall, & indent parking
outside Superquinn Seamus Ennis Road / Main St €0.60cent
€0.20 cent minimum

Maximum stay 3hrs N/A Yes (operated by Dublin Street Parking Services)
Nationwide Controlled Parking System on behalf of Church St. Canice’s
Catholic Church Main Street & Ballygall Rd West €1.20per hour €900 per
annum for Business

30 permits supplied to church Yes (operated by NCPS)
Parking Provider Location of Car Park / indent
parking Rates/Tariffs Business Rates Clamping
Euro Car Parks on behalf of Glenrye Property Management Main Centre
@Library / Poppintree Mall rear of Molloys & Car Park rear of
Iceland €1.00 per hour
Maximum stay 3hrs

Minimum payment €0.50cent. A parking permit is allocated to each premises

Additional spaces cost €400 per annum
Yes (operated by ECP)
Dublin City Council Jamestown Road adjacent to Drake Inn Free one hour
parking N/A Monitored by Traffic Wardens
Dublin City Council 2-6 Main Street @ Massey’s Funeral Home Free one
hour parking N/A Monitored by Traffic Wardens
Dublin City Council Car Park @ Permanent TSB Free one hour
parking N/A Monitored by Traffic Wardens
Gleeson’s “Bottom of Hill” Main Street beside Pub Free Parking for
customers N/A Yes
Superquinn McKee Rd & rear of Shamrock Lodge Seamus Ennis Rd Free
Parking for customers N/A Yes

Nationwide Controlled Parking System (NCPS) have recently written to the Church Authorities requesting permission to reduce one hour parking to €1.00 / € 5.00 per day & €20.00 per week.
They also intend on introducing reduced rates for parking by text (www.parkbytext.com ) to allow for additional convenience

Euro Car Parks on behalf of Glenrye Property Management have informed us that while the main centre car park is their busiest car park, the Poppintree mall car park is very quiet mainly due to access since the one way system was introduced, as it very hard to exit due to build up of traffic at the traffic lights.

All parking providers are willing to work together in to encourage customers into the village. They have agreed to meet to consider ways to incentives customer parking.

Jackie O’ Reilly
Public Domain Officer