GrahamH wrote:It ought to be borne in mind that this is a sensitive site in front of the Lords portico - we could do without anything overly bulky here that would intrude on views from College Street/Pearse Street.
"Unique" contract wrote: After each use, hands should be sprayed clean with high pressure water jets, while interesting contract retract out of sight and is not to be shown to elected representatives . The details of said contract are are fully automated using a design which was created by the proposer and is "commerrfcially sensitive" should any councilor request. The plan uses very basic parts, which reduces the likelihood of failure and is totally efficient.
From today's Sunday Independent wrote:
. . . and looking after constituents
TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern may have a lot on his plate when it comes to the economy, the peace process, and the small matter of a looming general election.
But that doesn't mean he doesn't have the time to help out the people who put him in power in the first place.
Letters obtained by the Sunday Independent show how in 2006 alone, Mr Ahern wrote on nine occasions to the planning department at Dublin City Council to make representations on behalf of his Dublin Central constituents on a range of matters from house extensions, a creche, to an illuminated street sign.
A clear believer in the well-worn adage that 'all politics is local', the ward boss penned missives on behalf of numerous denizens of Drumcondra, Glasnevin and Summerhill to the Assistant City Manager Sean Healy in which he asked to be informed of the 'position' on planning applications.
Adding to the impact of Mr Ahern's 'subtle' intervention in each case is his use of official headed paper from the Department of the Taoiseach.
In one case, he writes twice on behalf of a Glasnevin-based woman in relation to her application for planning permission for a playschool in Drumcondra.
The Taoiseach's second letter on behalf of the would-be Montessori proprietor relays her concern that temporary planning permission would be insufficient for her to secure grants or loans to finance her business start-up.
Another letter to the Assistant City Manager on August 17 sees Mr Ahern - in his official capacity as Taoiseach - write to relay a resident's concern at the prospect of an extension being built on his next door neighbour's house.
In this case, our prime minister asks the second-most senior official in Dublin City to inform him of the 'outcome in this matter'.
Lest it be said, however, that Mr Ahern is being distracted from the affairs of State by trifling matters such as the conversion of an outdoor toilet to a conservatory, another missive to the planning department shows otherwise.
In a shining example of democracy at work, our Taoiseach takes up the cause of the people of Summerhill over the prospect of an illuminated advertising sign being placed on the footpath at Langrishe Place, by advertisers, JC Decaux.
The matter of the advertisement could yet be relevant to Mr Ahern's electoral fortunes in May however - it appears that Dublin Central TD Tony Gregory also wrote to the planners on the matter.
BBC wrote:'Cycling those carbon emissions away'
By Shane Harrison
BBC NI Dublin Correspondent
With growing concern about carbon emissions, Dublin City Council has come up with a novel idea that involves both cycling and recycling.
The council says each bike will have a mini-computer chip
The council plans to have 500 bicycles located at 25 points around the city for public use 24 hours a day.
For a small charge, still to be determined, people can pick up one of the bikes and use it - but they must leave it back at a drop-off point so that someone else can, if you like, "recycle" it.
The council says each bike will have a mini-computer chip to allow it to be tracked.
That means it's unlikely to suffer the same fate as abandoned shopping trolleys, according to Dublin City Council officials.
The bikes, which will be available to the public in about six months' time, are described as "virtually vandal proof".
They cannot get punctures, they will have no visible cables, but they will have a bell, a front light, two back lights, brakes and integrated gears.
'More like Amsterdam'
The bikes are being introduced by the outdoor advertising company, JC Decaux.
In exchange, the company will get planning permission to erect 120 permanent advertising billboards and remove about 1,800 current billboards.
As part of the deal, more than 60% of the new advertising space will be for civic information purposes, telling citizens and tourists what's going on in the Irish capital.
Green councillor, Bronwen Maher, has welcomed the proposal as a good first step in Dublin becoming more like Amsterdam, but she does have reservations about the involvement of an advertising company.
The bikes are described as "virtually vandal proof"
"We have to do something about the chronic traffic problems and congestion in the city centre, but I'm a bit concerned that the council isn't operating the scheme independently and is linking up with an advertiser," she says.
Some councillors have also expressed concerns that the new billboards should not be placed in sensitive, historic sites. But there seems almost unanimous support for the general idea.
As some wits have pointed out, the mock-insult "On yer bike" will take on a whole new meaning in Dublin.
"On yer bike - but don't forget to leave it back."
BBC wrote:Branded dangerous and said to be defacing the countryside - why illegal roadside advertising is making people see red.
Wednesday, 26 July 2006,
They are "spreading like a rash" across the country and the firms selling them are "eyesore merchants" who are "defacing the countryside", say their critics.
The items causing such uproar? Unauthorised advertisements in fields along motorways and major roads.
At one hotspot - the M6 in Staffordshire - a motorist can see, on average, a hoarding every 30 seconds, according to a survey jointly carried out by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the Countryside Agency and Highways Agency.
It is a lucrative business, with the advertisements costing about Â£1,000 a month and the companies who sell them claim they are seen by anything from 60,000 to 175,000 drivers a day.
For years planning controls have saved the rural landscape from advertising but marketing firms and websites have sprung up, offering such displays to advertisers and money to farmers willing to install them on their land.
The government is now planning a crackdown. Housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper wants to build a database of persistent offenders to help local authorities mount prosecutions.
M1 in Yorkshire
M5 in Worcestershire and Somerset
M6 in Cheshire and Staffordshire
M40 between Oxford and Birmingham
M62 in Lancashire and Yorkshire
Many of the hoardings are mounted on trailers, to exploit a common misconception that formal permission is not needed for advertisements on wheels. In fact, advertisement regulations clearly state that such an exemption does not apply if the trailer has been stationary for some time or if it is used for the display of an advertisement.
Companies need to apply for authorisation from the local council under the advertising regulations - and it should almost always refuse permission. The government has sent a letter to all local planning authorities reminding them that land alongside motorways should be kept free of advertisements that either blot the landscape or are a possible danger to drivers.
"For too long cowboy firms have been able to get away with cheapening our countryside with tatty trailers touting things like used cars and printer cartridges," says Paul Miner, planning campaigner for the CPRE.
"For more than 50 years, planning controls have saved the English landscape from the pox of outdoor advertising. This achievement is now in danger. Billboards and hoardings are mushrooming alongside motorways and major roads across England, despite government policy and regulations clearly stating they should be strictly controlled."
Displaying an advertisement without consent can result in a maximum fine of Â£2,500 plus Â£250 a day on conviction for a continuing offence. The advertiser, the company that sells the ads and the landowner are all potentially liable to prosecution.
Most trailers do not have consent, says the Outdoor Advertising Council (OAC). It "deplores" the signs, has nothing to do with the firms that sell them and says they bring advertising into disrepute.
"These companies try and hide themselves," says spokesman, Chris Thomas. "They usually only use mobile phone numbers and are hard to track down. They do nothing but harm reputable outside advertising companies."
Campaigners say the hoardings are also dangerous, as they are designed to be read and to distract. Combined with the high speeds normal on main roads and motorways, they have the potential to cause serious accidents, says the CPRE.
This is an industry that causes the countryside or green belt no harm. It is an activity just as commercial as farming or property speculation
A major study into the issue gets under way next week. Up until now most studies have concentrated on distractions in a car, such as mobile phones and satellite navigation.
"This is a massive issue at the moment," says Dr Mark Young, an expert in transport safety at Brunel University and the academic leading the research.
"We already know that things like signs increase the mental workload of drivers and are a distraction. Previous research has shown that 78% of accidents are due to distraction, we will hopefully now find out how much of that is due to distractions inside and outside the car."
But companies who sell the adverts say they are being unfairly targeted and provide a valuable source of income to cash-strapped farmers.
One company, M6 Media, says it is no longer in business. "It is unfortunate the way things have developed as this is an industry that causes the countryside or green belt no harm. It is an activity just as commercial as farming or property speculation," it said in a statement.
Another firm, which did not want to be named, says some farmers have told them items such as the hoardings and telephone masts "are the best crop the farm now has". It has also stopped providing the hoardings, saying the government tells farmers to diversify and then clamps down on anyone who shows entrepreneurial skills.
Drivers already have many distractions
The company refused to disclose what cut farmers got of the money made from the hoardings.
The National Farmers' Union says the advertisements are a way of earning additional cash, but the proportion of farmers who allow them is very small.
"Very few farms border motorways and of those that do an even smaller amount actually allow the hoardings. It is not really a big money earner for the industry."
The CPRE says it recognises many farmers are facing economic hardship but blighting the countryside with advertising hoardings is not the way forward.
The pressure group has "named and shamed" companies who have advertised this way, resulting in some pledging not to do so again, including Tesco.
"It was never our policy to advertise in this way," says a spokeswoman for the supermarket. "There were a handful of local store initiatives in which this type of advertising may have been used, but this was stopped."
But with an estimated 900 such hoardings along the country's motorways, there is still some way to go.
UK News wrote:
Crash risk of drivers 'distracted' by posters
Monday, 21st November 2005, 08:30
One-in-five male drivers are so distracted by scantily-clad models - like Kate Moss or Sophie Dahl - on roadside hoardings that they are likely to crash, new research published today claims.
However just one-in-10 women drivers will confess to being captivated by semi-naked male models in adverts.
One-in-four drivers in the UK have become so distracted by roadside objects that they have veered out of their lane, according to the study for Privilege Insurance.
A third (32 per cent) of drivers said billboards, flashing signs or Christmas decorations had caused them to lose concentration, and 41 per cent confessed to being distracted for more than five seconds - equal to driving 15 car lengths at 30mph.
Dr Mark Young, an expert in transport ergonomics at Brunel University, said: "While we currently know a lot more about in-vehicle distractions such as mobile phones than external distracters, there is a growing body of concern about the lack of any coherent strategy for arranging roadside furniture.
"Drivers' visual workload varies through the course of a journey, and at crucial times - negotiating a difficult roundabout, for example, there is a small but significant risk of distraction from novel stimuli like advertising."
And a second survey, carried out by Direct Line, claims one-in-three drivers suffer from the newly recognised disorder "Traffic Stress Syndrome" or TSS.
The research, also published today, reveals traffic jams are bad for the mood of drivers, and can result in TSS, a form of psychological anxiety which manifests itself in certain drivers when they are stuck in traffic.
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PVC King wrote:These will no doubt all be located on main routes and will have three road facing sides which will no doubt be festooned with images of Wayne Rooney et al which will each generate as much as â‚¬20,000 per installation per year depending on location.
This is not de nortside being lumbered with metropoles whilst the southside gets the prize to pay for it.
ConK wrote:Great Work Hutton !