Concern at Dublin City Council plan to create €25m ‘Super Depot’ in Ballymun
Dublin City Sinn Féin Councillor Noeleen Reilly has expressed concern at a plan by Dublin City Council to create at €25million ‘super depot’ in Ballymun.
Speaking ahead of a report on the Consolidation of Dublin Northside Depots going to the Dublin Northwest area committee meeting on Tuesday Councillor Reilly said;
“Dublin City Council is planning to consolidate 18 of its Northside depots into one large facility at St Margaret’s in Ballymun.
“There will be 600 staff located at the Depot and a Civic amenity site will be created in conjunction with the consolidated depot.
“I would be asking that a traffic impact assessment study be carried out as soon as possible to identify any problems for nearby residents.
“There are a number of benefits from the plan including better working conditions for staff, better coordination of the different services and shared resources.
“However the report only focuses on the positives, it does not go into any detail on certain Job losses and lack of accessibility of ‘Super Depots’.
“Localised services are more adaptable, there is a speedier response time and of course local knowledge is a key factor.
“Dublin City Council needs to come clean and tell us immediately what impact this is having on staff numbers.
“The Council has lost almost 1,700 staff since 2008 and you can really see the affect on the front line. Services have been affected badly through no fault of current staff but there just aren’t enough of them.
“Much work already is contracted out so I would be very concerned about any further job losses.”