Binchy listens to your concerns – and gets results

Photo 1Cllr Kieran Binchy is committed to addressing your concerns at a neighbourhood, local or city-wide level.

If you have a problem that needs fixing, a query you want answered or an issue you want raised, please contact Cllr Binchy (details on home page).

These are some of the issues the Pembroke South Dock candidate has tackled in recent weeks:


Flood defence on Sandymount Strand

Following up queries from residents, Cllr Binchy asked the city manager for an update on progress on tidal flood defence works for Sandymount Strand.

He was assured that site investigation and survey works were due to take place in Q1 2014; following public consultation, promenade floodgated and flood wall strengthening is programmed for later this year.


Road repairs

Cllr Binchy brought the following road maintenance problems to the attention of the city manager, and had them fixed:

  • Deep pothole in the middle of the road on Victoria Avenue, at the Morehampton Road end of the street.
  • Pothole on Curzon Street, Portobello.
  1. Cllr Binchy was also asked to investigate whether the speed bumps on Lombard St West, Portobello, are steep enough to prevent speeding. He was assured by the city manager that “the entry and exit slopes, the length and the height of the ramps on Lombard Street West have been designed and constructed to suit the area”.
  2. Acting on the concerns of residents and motorists, Cllr Binchy asked the city manager to increase the street cleaning of Morehampton Road, in the area around Auburn Avenue – especially during the autumn when the streets are covered in fallen leaves. He was assured by the city manager that: “The main road is cleaned on a daily basis. Residential streets like Auburn Avenue are cleaned on a twelve week cycle; they also receive extra cleaning during the autumn and winter months until all the leaves have been removed.”


Traffic issues in the Pleasants Street area

Residents and motorists expressed concerns to Cllr Binchy that cars have accessing Pleasants Street from Heytesbury Street without realising that they are driving the wrong way up a one way street. Cllr Binchy’s suggestion to the city manager was to extend the footpath and put in clear signage. He investigated the need for speed bumps on Pleasants Street to reduce the speed of cars.

The city manager assured Cllr Binchy: “The request with regard to footpath width and signage has been referred to the traffic engineer who will investigate the matter further. The Councillor will be advised of any recommendations in due course.

In relation to speed bumps, the Traffic Advisory Group at its meeting of 27th June, 2013, reported that following a site inspection carried out at the above-mentioned location on 10th June, 2013, no incident of speeding was observed. The 85th percentile speed determined for the road was 25km/h, which does not meet the warrant for the provision of traffic calming measures.”


Sutton to Sandycove cycle path

Responding to queries from cyclists, Cllr Binchy sought an update on progress on the Sutton to Sandycove Cycle path.

The city manager told him: “Dublin City Council has completed the detailed design of the S2S between the Wooden Bridge and Causeway Road. This design has now been forwarded to the National Transport Authority for approval. Once approved, Dublin City Council will proceed to tender for construction contractors.”


Thomas Reads on Parliament Street

Responding to an issue raised by residents and local businesses, Cllr Binchy requested the planning department to identify who owns the historic shop of Thomas Reads on Parliament Street, and to provide a full report on the planning and conservation status of the shop front, and called for its protection.

The planning department’s assistant enforcer produced the following report: “This building is included on the City Council’s Register of Protected Structures (ref. 6322).

“Two Exemption Certificates were granted for repair and maintenance works to the property in October 2012. This work has taken place. Prior to this, the owner had been actively working with the City Council and the Dept. of Agriculture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on a programme of works to progress the opening of the building as a shop with a residence overhead.

“The weathering of the horizontal beam over the fascia signage needs to be attended to as a matter of urgency, and this has been conveyed to the owner’s architect. Number 4 Parliament Street is currently unoccupied and a full internal and external inspection is being arranged with the owner. Any works required for the safety of the building will be brought to the owner’s attention and enforcement proceedings will be initiated if necessary.”


Cleaning up laneways in Old City Temple Bar area

Following up on concerns of residents and local businesses, Cllr Binchy proposed a motion at a council meeting, calling the city manager to work with the Gardaí and local businesses and residents in the Old City Temple Bar area to clean up the laneways and to put in place a public space and furniture scheme to deter and prevent further anti-social behaviour in the area.

This motion led to the formation of the Love The Lanes project, a joint initiative between Temple Bar Company and Dublin City Council to rethink how we use the back lanes of Temple Bar. The goal is to reclaim the lanes of Temple Bar for people to use and enjoy, to encourage greater use of the laneways, to make them safer and to counter anti-social behaviour.

Four laneways in Temple Bar have been chosen for the project: Adair Lane, Bedford Lane, Copper Alley and Crampton Court.

The Love The Lanes project is currently taking ideas from members of the public – some of the ideas will be trialled, and may become permanent.


Graffiti on Windmill Lane

At Cllr Binchy’s behest, graffiti was cleaned up on Windmill Lane, in particular on the NAMA or receiver-controlled building. Cllr Binchy arranged for a clean-up of the same area in 2013.


Flooding on Clyde Lane, Dublin 4

Cllr Binchy was asked by residents to provide a full report on the causes of the 2010 flooding on Clyde Lane, Dublin 4, the works done to date to address this, whether there are plans to connect the culverted Swan river to the Canal sewer, and what other plans are in place to address this.

The city manager explained to Cllr Binchy: “The reason for the flooding in October 2011 was because nearly 150mm of rain fell in a 24-hour period, the worst of which fell between the hours of 6:00pm and 10pm during a high tide event. This caused the drainage network to fill thus preventing any excess rainwater from entering into the pipes.

“However, since the flooding in 2011 additional trap gullies have been installed along the lane and also the dynamics of the pipe has been altered to provide a better flow throughout the system. A new ramp is also being installed at the top of Clyde Lane to help stem the flow of water down the lane.

“There is an overflow from the Swan that ties into the Grand Canal Sewer close to Eustace Bridge on Leeson Street. There are no other plans to connect both to each other.”


Cycling officer

Cllr Binchy was asked about the reinstatement of a cycling officer within the council.

He brought this up with the city manager, who explained that “the Roads and Traffic Department now has a dedicated ‘sustainable and active transport’ section with eight engineers and technicians working on a variety of cycle schemes throughout the city – the senior engineer in charge of this section Eoghan Madden has  the overall responsibility for cycling provision in the city. The roles and responsibilities of a cycling officer are now discharged through this section.”

Dublin Docklands regeneration and the DDDA

Cllr Binchy was requested to provide an update on the transfer of assets and responsibilities from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority to Dublin City Council. (Following government decisions taken in 2012 and 2013, the DDDA is being wound up, with the future regeneration of the Docklands area being led by Dublin City Council.

In response to questions from Cllr Binchy, the city manager explained: “The Authority has been working with the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government to put the final transition arrangements in place, with a view to the Authority being wound up in mid-2014.

“In the interim, and in preparation for the wind-up of the Authority, the City Council have agreed to provide administrative services to the DDDA and take on the management of certain parts of the public infrastructure on behalf of the Authority up to dissolution. The assets and functions of the Authority will continue to be the responsibility of the DDDA until the legislation is enacted.

“The services being provided by the City Council since February 2014 are in addition to the assignment of an executive manager on a part-time secondment basis as A/CEO and the provision of professional planning services which have been provided since April 2013.”


Removal of unsightly public telephone booths

Cllr Binchy was asked about the removal of unsightly and unused public telephone booths across the city, as they are being used as advertising hoardings, and are attracting anti-social and illegal behaviour.

Cllr Binchy followed this up with the city manager, who said: “Dublin City Council has been engaging with the providers of these installations on an intermittent basis in the past year. The company has informed us that they are about to lodge planning applications in relation to the future use of the sites, so we are waiting sight of these applications. We will make contact again to progress the matter as I accept the matter needs to be finalised.”



In response to a query from a resident, Cllr Binchy requested details from the city manager about the number of fully qualified arborists employed by the city council and what their qualifications are.

The city manager replied: “Arboriculture  is the production and management of  trees where amenity is the primary objective. The Parks Service currently manages in excess of 100,000 trees city-wide. Qualifications in arboriculture vary depending on the level of expertise required. Existing qualifications start at  FETAC Level 6 for Craft Gardeners, and other training is provided for practical arboriculture.

“It is considered that there is a need for better co-ordination of the management of the city tree resource. Approval is therefore being sought for a (Level 8) Tree Officer.”

Further details available on request.