Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (203)

John Deasy

Question:

200 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will make a statement on the progress to date of the RAPID programme in local government; and if he will extend RAPID to other areas. [27599/04]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

There are a number of measures in place in my Department to support the RAPID programme at national and local level. Such measures include the funding of the local co-ordinators for each RAPID area, managing the co-ordination of the programme across the Department, and ongoing consultation with senior management in the local authorities concerned. My Department is examining projects under both strands of the programme which have been received from the local area implementation teams. These proposals mainly relate to social housing, local road improvement measures and environmental issues which are delivered on the ground by local authorities.

The nature and scale of many of these projects, some of which are subject to detailed design and will require phased implementation, has necessitated extensive evaluation as well as consultation with local authorities and with the Area Development Management Ltd. RAPID support team. This evaluation and consultation process is ongoing to ensure that RAPID projects are prioritised in the context of the Estimates provisions for 2005 and onwards. A significant number of RAPID projects have been approved or are under active consideration by my Department and local authorities, as appropriate. Details, as available, are set out in the following table.

In addition to RAPID projects, public agencies, including local authorities, are already providing a wide range of services in all RAPID areas. Extension of the RAPID programme to other areas is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs who has overall responsibility for the programme.

RAPID Area (Strand I)

Project No.

Subject

Report / Position

Cork — Blackpool/The Glen/ Mayfield

CKBG008

Waste & Recycling — Bring Facilities

Approved for grant assistance under the Waste Management Capital Grants Scheme — total allocation (incl. CKFG053) of €107,000.

Cork — Blackpool/The Glen/ Mayfield

CKBG011

Estate Management Mediation Service

Funding of €42,500 in total approved for this, together with projects CKFG 17, CKKC16c & CKTM 28.

Cork — Blackpool/The Glen/Mayfield

CKBG017

Provision of Kurzweil Machine (Mayfield Library)

In July 2003, D/EHLG issued details of grant scheme for purchase of optical scanning facilities to all library authorities. Matter for local authorities to purchase and seek recoupments.

Cork — Blackpool/The Glen/Mayfield

CKBG035

Glen Regeneration Phase 2 & 3

€18.2 million approved for phase 1. Work underway and expected to be completed in early 2004. Proposals awaited from City Council in respect of Phase 2 and 3.

Cork — Fairhill/Garranabraher/ Farranree

CKFG017

Estate Management — Mediation Service

Funding of €42,500 in total approved for this, together with projects CKBG 11, CKKC16c & CKTM 28.

Cork — Fairhill/Garranabraher/ Farranree

CKFG018

Provision of the Kurzweil Machine (St. Mary’s Road)

In July 2003, D/EHLG issued details of grant scheme for purchase of optical scanning facilities to all library authorities. Matter for local authorities to purchase and seek recoupments.

Cork — Fairhill/Garranabraher/ Farranree

CKFG051

Civic Amenity Site — northside

Funding of €365,000 approved for a site in Blackpool to service north Cork City area, under the Waste Management Capital Grants Scheme.

Cork — Fairhill/Garranabraher/ Farranree

CKFG053

Improved availability of Bring Site

Approved for grant assistance under the Waste Management Capital Grants Scheme — total allocation (incl. CKFG 08) of €107,000.

Cork — Fairhill/Garranabraher/ Farranree

CKFG055

Farranree Housing Project for the Elderly

Approved for funding by Minister, 3/12/03.

Cork — Knocknaheeney/ Churchfield

CKKC007c

Cork CC Area Housing Office

Office fully staffed and opened for business 02/10/02 — approved funding of €177,763 paid.

Cork — Knocknaheeney/ Churchfield

CKKC016c

Estate Management — Mediation Service

Funding of €42,500 in total approved for this, together with projects CKBG 11, CKFG 17 & CKTM 28.

Cork — Knocknaheeney/ Churchfield

CKKC018d

Knocknaheeny Regeneration Plan

Funding of €2.05 million provided under Remedial works scheme for window/door replacement in Blocks A, B and C. Revised design plans for Block D are under examination by the Department.

Cork — Knocknaheeney/ Churchfield

CKKC019d

Knocknaheeny Regeneration Block D

Cork — Knocknaheeney/ Churchfield

CKKC024c

Liaison for Community Participation

Approval for Liaison Officer given for Knocknaheeney project.

Cork — Togher/ Mahon

CKTM004

Togher Community Services Centre

Budget cost approved for sum of €390,000 issued 25th June 2004.

Cork — Togher/Mahon

CKTM005

Consultation on Deanrock Regeneration

Council currently developing outline proposals. D/EHLG is liaising with the City Council on these proposals.

Cork — Togher/ Mahon

CKTM028

Estate Management Mediation Services

Funding of €42,500 in total approved for this, together with projects CKBG 11, CKFG 17 & CKKC16c.

Cork — Togher/Mahon

CKTMD108

Childcare/CC Offices (part of Deanrock proposal)

Outline proposals for regeneration of Deanrock are being examined. [Project also referred to DJELR].

Ballymun

DUBBALENV/01

Rediscovery Centre — Waste Management Strategy

The Department is currently in the process of considering this application with a view to advising the applicant of the outcome as soon as possible. Under active consideration.

Ballymun

DUBBALSOC/01

Social Supports Initiative

Funding of €65,047 approved.

Finglas

DUBFING011

Traveller Community Centre at Avila Park

Approved as part of 6 house scheme Avila Park Phase iv.

Northeast Inner City

DUBNEIC001

Improvements flat complexes

D/EHLG is currently funding redevelopment work to a number of flat complexes in the inner city involving part demolition, new build and regeneration. €123m in total (1999 prices) provided over the period 1999-2003.

South West Inner City (Canals)

DUBSW027

Supporting the Regeneration process in St. Michael’s Estate

Dublin City Council are preparing proposals to undertake the redevelopment of St. Michael’s Estate on the basis of a public private partnership. The Department has already given approval to the City Council for the demolition of a number of flat blocks as part of the regeneration programme.

South West Inner City (Canals)

DUBSW028

Supporting the Regeneration process in Fatima Mansions

The City Council signed a contract in August, 2004 for the redevelopment of the complex as a Public Private Partnership project. The Department has already given approval to the City Council for the demolition of a number of flat blocks as part of the regeneration programme.

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

DRDUNL034

Redevelop the housing stock at Laurel Avenue

Funding of €13.41 million approved.

Limerick — Kings Island

LIMKI 048

Establishment Anti-social Unit

Housing Management Initiative grant approved on 31 May 2004 for funding up to €21,600 in respect of salary of an anti-social behaviour official.

Limerick — Southside

LKS029

Phase II and III O’Malley Park Remedial work Scheme

Phase 1 completed. Approval to proceed to tender for Phase 2 issued July 03. Dedicated Project Officers are being recruited to implement the regeneration plan.

Clondalkin

SDCLON017

Environmental Improvements Prog — Establish and maintain a Recycling Centre (6 bottle & can banks)

Provision of 13 Bring Centres in SDub Co. Co. area approved under the Waste Management Capital Grants Scheme — total allocation €48,000.

Clondalkin

SDCLON019

To implement the Traveller Accommodation Programme in Kishogue

Tender Approved, expected to start 2005.

Clondalkin

SDCLON020

To implement the Traveller Accommodation Programme in Lynche’s Lane

Approved to go to tender.

Clondalkin

SDCLON023

In-fill housing prog — increase housing availability & decrease sites of anti-social behaviour

Eligible for NDP funding. Various proposals being processed, some under construction.

Clondalkin

SDCLON025

To enhance the funding available for the LA housing refurbishment programme in Shancastle & Greenfort

Approval has been conveyed to South Dublin County Council to proceed to a first phase of 100 houses in Shancastle and Greenfort under the Remedial Works Scheme at an estimated cost of almost €2.8 million. Work has already commenced on a number of houses.

Clondalkin

SDCLON026

To enhance the funding available for the LA housing refurbishment programme in Moorfield

Has been approved for Remedial Works Scheme funding. Budget of €3.2m approved.

Tallaght

SDTALL030

Refurbishment of Cushlawn Estate, Killinarden

Approval has been conveyed to South Dublin County Council to proceed to a first phase of 100 houses in Cushlawn Estate under the Remedial Works Scheme at an estimated cost of almost €2.8 million. Work has already commenced on a number of houses.

Tallaght

SDTALL033

Provision of Traveller Accommodation — Kiltipper

Completed June 2004.

Tallaght

SDTALL034

Provision of Traveller Accommodation — Fortunestown

Approved in principle. Awaiting cost plans from Local Authority.

Tallaght

SDTALL035

Provision of Traveller Accommodation — Belgard

Under construction.

Tallaght

SDTALL036

Extend existing Traveller Accommodation in Brookfield

Tender Approved August 2004.

Tallaght

SDTALL040SDTALL046SDTALL048

Environmental Awareness Campaign, Killinarden, Jobstown and Fettercairn.

In 2003 €20,000 was allocated from the Department together with €5,000 matching funding from South Dublin County Council to a scaled down environmental awareness programme incorporating the three designated areas of Killinarden, Jobstown and Fettercairn. The programme of environmental awareness activities will be undertaken by Dublin South County Council environmental awareness officer.

Drogheda

LTHDRO008

Estate Management Training (residents), Home management training (homemakers), Environmental Awareness Involving schools/youth and community, House Maintenance Course

Housing Management Initiative grant approved for an Estate Management Officer and various training initiatives. Funding of €32,576 paid.

Drogheda

LTHDRO18

Remedial Housing works scheme

Approval given. Council considering tenders for a pilot phase of 37 houses. Work has started on the construction of 16 old persons’ dwellings at St. Finians Park. Funding of €1,918,103 allocated.

Waterford

Refurbishment scheme at Clonard Park, Ballybeg

Refurbishment scheme at Ballybeg involves the general refurbishment of some 215 dwellings. A Pilot project was approved in November 2001 for 14 dwellings. Approval issued Feb. 04 to accept tender for a further 66 houses.

Waterford

Development of an intergrated action plan for Larchfield/Lisduggan

Funding for the appointment of an Estates Officer with responsibility for the development of an intergrated action plan for Larchfield/Lisduggan was approved under the Housing Management Initatives Grants scheme on 16 July 2002.

Waterford

WATFC033

Community Facilities — Manor St. John.

The Department has indicated its commitment to providing funding of €0.5 million for the refurbishment of the Community Facility at Manor St. John. It is understood that there is a Childcare Facility on this site.

Waterford

_

Provision for Water and Drainage Infrastructure — Kilbarry Development Area

Contract Documents are awaited in the Department. The Local Authority is currently re-examining local requirements in advance of submitting Contract Documents for approval.

Waterford

Link Road to centre of Ballybeg

Funding approved.

Waterford

WATFC035

Larchville/Lisduggan Area Plan

Manor St. John — New Housing. The Department has funded the construction of 47 houses for Manor St. John and the Scheme was completed in 2003 at a cost of over €5 million. Infill Housing and Environmental Upgrade. It is understood that a further infill housing scheme is being developed by Waterford City Council for submission to the Department. This will also include environmental works to the area. Detailed consideration will be given to the matter when specific proposals are received from the City Council.

Bray

WKBRAY003

Estate Management Development Officer for Bray

Funding of €38,700 for the appointment of an Estate Development Officer and tenants/staff training approved. Project is now completed.

RAPID Area (Strand II)

Project No.

Subject

Report / Position

Bray

WKBRAY004

Audit of Housing Stock in RAPID Area (Bray Town Council)

Funding of €25,000 approved. Project is now completed.

Bray

WKBRAY005

Audit of Housing Stock in RAPID Area (Wicklow County Council)

Project WKBRAY004 (above) has recently been extended to include dwellings owned by Wicklow County Council in the Bray RAPID area. Project is now completed.

Carlow

CW CRLW O14

Housing Management Initiative

Department has received a housing management initiative grant application from Carlow County Council (& Carlow Town Council) for funding under the 2003 Scheme. Funding up to €45,330 approved in Aug 2003.

Cavan

CN CAVN 002

Construction of Social Housing — Fair Green

Approval has issued to the Council to provide 4 apartments and 6 houses at Fair Green Hill, Cavan. The scheme is scheduled to be completed in 2004. Funding of €1.2million approved.

Cavan

CN CAVN 003

Construction of Social Housing — Tullacmongan

Construction of 18 houses was completed in July, 2004 at an estimated cost of €1.9m.

Cavan

CN CAVN 007

Construction of Central Library and Heritage Centre

Total grant-aid approved for this project is €4,742,495. Project under construction.

Cavan

CN CAVN 008

Construction of Housing at Mount St. Francis — Stage II

Under Construction.

Mallow

CK MALL 014

Estate Management — Powerscourt

Funding of up to €23,000 approved. Fully paid Aug 2003.

Youghal

CK YOUG 008

Remedial Works Scheme — Raheen Park

Works have been approved under the Remedial Works Scheme Approval of Tender and Budget cost of €137,087 issued March 04.

Youghal

CK YOUG 029

Estate Management — Greencloyne & Chestnut Drive

Funding up to €46,000 approved in Aug. 2003 under Housing Management Initiative Grant Scheme 2003.

Mallow

CK MALL 038

Gouldshill/Town Council Local Agenda Environment Partnership Fund.

This project received €1,250 from the Department’s Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund in 2003 (€2,500 with local authority co-financing). A further grant of €7,680 was awarded on 10.03.04.

Youghal

CK YOUG 046

Local Agenda 21 Partnership Fund-Reduce Youghal’s Waste Initiative

This project has received €1,250 from the Department’s Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund in 2003 (€2,500 with local authority co-financing). The LA21EPF Funding has been received. Applications for further funding for this project were invited in November 2003. A further grant of €5,000 was awarded on 11.12.03.

Galway

GY GLWY 012

Refurbishment of Walter Macken Flats (96 no. dwellings)

Construction work on the refurbishment works to 96 dwellings at Walter Macken Flats, Galway has commenced. The refurbishment works include the replacement of the existing flat roof, the installation of central heating, plumbing, rewiring, internal refurbishment and upgrading of the general environment of the estate. Funding of €6.3 million has been approved.

Galway

GY GLWY 013

Refurbishment of 44 no. maisonettes at Mervue

Approval has been given to the City Council to accept a tender for the refurbishment works to 44 maisonettes at New Mervue, Galway. The refurbishment works include the installation of central heating, rewiring, smoke alarms, internal refurbishment and upgrading of the general environment of the estate. Funding of €1.4 million approved.

Galway

GY GLWY 014

Housing Development at Merlin Park, Ballybane; construction of 114 houses

This development is a mix of local authority, voluntary and affordable units. The final Phase 1, Stage 3 has recently been completed at an estimated cost of €4.3m. 62 local authority houses have already been completed in Stages 1 and 2. The estimated cost of the scheme is €11.27m.

Galway

GY GLWY 015

Proposed construction of 268 new dwellings at Merlin Park

Work has commenced on the 1st phase of 52 houses at an estimated cost of €6.2m.

Galway

GY GLWY 016

Ballybane Neighbourhood Centre

The Department is providing funding of €250,000 to Galway City Council under the One Stop Shop Programme towards this development. Construction commenced. Expected completion of library and medical centre, end 2004.

Galway

GY GLWY 017

Refurbishment of 24 no. local authority houses at St. Finbarr’s Terrace, Bohermore

Designated for funding under the Remedial Works Scheme. Approval issued to the City Council in June, 2004 for a tender for a pilot phase of 24 houses at an estimated cost of €3.8m.

Galway

GY GLWY 018

Housing Management Initiative Grant, Ballinfoile

Funding of up to €45,600 approved under the Housing Management Initiative Grant scheme in 2002. €30,600 paid in 2003.

Galway

GY GLWY 019

Construction of 236 no. units at Bóthar na gCóiste, Ballinfoile

This scheme includes local authority, voluntary and affordable houses — all 126 local authority units are now completed. The total estimated cost of the scheme is €34.5m.

Galway

GY GLWY 020

Construction of 19 no. social housing scheme for elderly people and people with disabilities at Sandyvale, Ballinfoile

This scheme was completed in 2003 at a cost of €2.3m.

Galway

GY GLWY 021

Westside Housing Inclusion Project

Funding of up to €39,161 approved under the Housing Management Initiative Grant scheme in 2002. €28,639 paid in 2003.

Galway

GY GLWY 022

Westside Bris Project

Paid €8,800 in Dec 2003.

Galway

GY GLWY 025

Library at Westside

Library officially opened 23.1.04

Galway

GY GLWY 027

Redevelopment of Hillside Park and development of three group schemes

It is understood that the National Building Agency in conjunction with Galway City Council are currently formulating proposals for this major development. At early design stage.

Galway

GY GLWY 028

Construction of three group units at Bóthar na gCóiste

This scheme was recently completed at a cost of €560,000.

Tralee

KY TRAL 016

Earth Education Project

Grant of €19,020 was awarded in March 2004 in respect 2003 application.

Tralee

KY TRAL 026

Affordable Housing Proposal — Application for Site Study

Subsidy approved 9th July 2003.

Athy

KE ATHY 008

Remedial Works Scheme at Townspark and Carbury Park

An allocation of €100,000 has been made to Athy Town Council in 2004 for the scheme. Departmental approval issued in July 04 to enable the Council seek tenders for the project.

Athy

KE ATHY 009

Employment of Tenant Liaison Officer

Funding up to €31,750 approved in Aug. 2003 under the Housing Management Initiative Grant Scheme 2003. €28,800 paid in Nov. 2003.

Kilkenny

KY KLKY 011

Traveller Accommodation

Approval to go to tender 18.3.04. Expected to go to Tender before end of 2004.

Kilkenny

KY KLKY 027

Ossory Park Remedial Scheme

Work on pilot phase of 16 houses currently underway for completion by end of 2004. Detailed plans and costings awaited from the Council for Phase 2.

Longford

LDLGFD 026

Housing Management Initiative

Funding of up to €16,000 approved in Aug. 2003 under the Housing Management Initiative Grant scheme 2003.

Clonmel

ST CLON 005

Estate Management Initiative

An application has been received for funding under Housing Management Initiative Grant scheme 2003. €30,600 paid in Sept 2003.

Tipperary

ST TIPP 001

Housing Management Initiative, Tipperary Town

Funding of up to €7,500 approved. €7,500 paid in 2003.

Carrick-on-Suir

ST CKSR 010

Ballylynch Renewal Programme

Works have been approved under the Remedial Works Scheme and approval to proceed to tender stage with a pilot scheme of 10 houses was issued Oct 03. In May 04 approval was given for phase 1A of the scheme which involves the provision of central heating in 73 LA owned houses and the replacement of doors and windows in both the rented and privately owned homes. Under the terms of the RWS private householders must pay 50% of the cost of works.

Athlone

WM ATHL 005

Redevelopment of St. Mel’s Terrace

Grant aid of €50,000 has been approved under the Local Authorities PPP Fund, for a feasibility study to examine the redevelopment of St. Mels Terrace, using a Public Private Partnership approach. The study was completed in June 2004.

Athlone

WM ATHL 006

Athlone Civic Amenity Facility

Grant assistance of €860,703 approved (2003) for this project under the Waste Management Capital Grants Scheme.

Athlone

WM ATHL 028

Battery Heights Windows Replacement Programme

Major refurbishment works to Battery Heights under the Department’s Remedial Works Schemes was completed in the late 1990’s. Approval was given to the Council in July 2003 to undertake window replacement to 33 houses in the estate. It is understood that the Council are considering proposals for the regeneration of the estate. Plans at an early stage.

New Ross

WD NEWR 007

Tenant Participation Officer

Approved May 2004.

New Ross

WD NEWR 008

Bosheen Housing Estate whole estate refurbishment under the remedial works scheme

Scheme designated for funding under the Remedial Works Scheme in 1997. A comprehensive schedule of works based on the cost plan is to be submitted by the Council. New Ross T.C. plan to carry out scheme for 12 houses (specifically for Old Age Pensioners). Surveyed by National Building Agency within the last 2 months who are currently drawing up specifications. Budget to be forwarded to the Department.

New Ross

WD NEWR 017

Construction of a Waste Water Treatment Plant and inceptor sewer

Site investigation complete. An advertisement requesting interest from service providers has been published and short listing has taken place. Contract Documents are awaited in the Department from the County Council. This scheme is scheduled to commence construction late 2005.

Wexford

WD WEXF 015

Wolfe Tone Environmental Works

Refurbishment works under the Remedial Works Scheme has been completed. Approval to seek tenders for environmental works issued by the Department in January, 2004 including the construction of 5 infill houses. The local authority are to seek tenders for the project shortly.

Wexford

WD WEXF 026

Tenant Liaison Officer

Funding up to €38,195 was approved in Aug 2003 under the Housing Management Initiative Grant scheme 2003.

Wexford

WD WEXF 028

Local Agenda 21

Grant of €12,500 awarded in February 04.