DRCG Residents’ Meeting 19th November, 2019.

Tuesday 19th November- Resident Meeting

GAA Club- 7.30pm

The committee met with Durkan on Thursday 7th November and raised the following issues and concerns and he has agreed to co-operate with us at every stage of this project.

The Old Dulux Factory has been approved planning permission and the new build will now be called Davitt Lock, building works commenced on Monday 11th Nov. (They have said this will take approx. 2 years)

Issues with infestation, removal of asbestos & demolition

  • Healthy and safety officer will be present on site 5 days a week, the company being used for this is Turner & Townsend, Tara Street
  • The licenced company for Asbestos removal will be J Ryan Haulage LTD and the HSE will be monitoring the process, they will also be responsible for the demolition and will hand back the building once they have reached basement level
  • Phoenix environmental are monitoring the air quality on an on-going basis
  • Omega pest control will monitor the boxes on site every 2 weeks for rats and other infestation
  • A time frame of 3 months has been scheduled for demolition
  • There will be gate security present at each entrance (4 entrances in total) this is to ensure there is no dirt out on the roads and machines will regularly clean the roads
  • Every effort will be made to keep noise to a minimum and must not exceed 65dba

During the build;

  • Hoarding and protective netting (to reduce dust) will surround the build once it commences & a water shield will be in place
  • Materials and rubble etc. will all come and go through the Davitt Road entrance
  • Two cranes will be on site for the duration of the build and mobile cranes when needed
  • There will be a 24 hour monitored security system in place and they will be on call if needed
  • The working hours will be Monday- Friday 8am- 7pm, Saturday 8am until 2pm and further down the road if behind on schedule Sundays may be allowed
  • Traffic on Davitt Road and Galtymore Road will be manned
  • Durkan has notified us that we will be kept informed in the event of water or electrical services being cut off

Construction workers on site:

  • Due to the area around the site being already over populated we have agreed with Durkan that scheduled breaks will happen 
  • We have agreed that there will be an offsite designated smoking area
  • Durkan will offer incentives for employees on site- €4 car parking at Kylemore Road, leap cards & bus tickets
  • There will be sub-contractors on board for various trades

Once the build is complete;

  • There will be a full management team on site 24 hours a day and it will be tightly run
  • The gate will open and close in line with DCC opening and closing times of parks through summer and winter
  • 206 Apartments will face out onto the canal
  • 3m single basement for parking which will offer 119 car parking spots
  • No crèche facility onsite 
  • Gym & Media Centre on site (Media centre will facilitate anyone working from home) 
  • The remains of the Millstone will be designed into the building

We asked why he is building to rent as opposed to building to sell?

  • The banks would not finance a build to sell scheme so he has had to build to rent, on the condition that they cannot be sold for 15 years
  • 10% will go to Dublin City Council

On conclusion

  • Durkan has agreed to continue to meet with Drimnagh Residents Community Group once a month until the build is complete
  • He wants to work with residents to remain good neighbours
  • We will be looking for feedback on how he can add community gain to Drimnagh- employment, use of the media centre, gym etc?

Good gestures for neighbours and people that will be effected by the build;

  • Due to Pile Driving taking place residents can avail of a Site Survey to be undertaken- Each neighbour will receive their own report
  • A suggestion has been put forward for window and cars to be cleaned regularly
    *Please feel free to add your suggestions during the meeting

Dermot visited the site on Monday 11th Nov just after they had commenced he came back with the following;

He spoke with Anthony Doyle who was very obliging to show him around, Dermot seen them moving sheet by sheet of asbestos then wrapping it twice before the removal. 

Rachel also spoke with Durkan on Friday with concerns from neighbours regarding the removal of the asbestos;

He has assured that the asbestos is being removed in line with good practice and health and safety regulations, the asbestos is first removed and then covered on site before being taken off site. This is done on a regular basis as the job proceeds and it is not left lying around once removed. Pictures provided to show that each piece is being removed by hand and no machinery is being used;

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