Councillors angry over impact of transport authority
Wed, Jun 04, 2008
THE NEW Dublin Transportation Authority (DTA), due to start work next January, will have the power to veto planning applications, direct local authority spending and instruct authorities to compulsorily purchase land, Dublin City councillors have been told.
Councillors reacted angrily yesterday to a report from the cityâ€™s director of traffic, Michael Phillips, about the impact of the DTA on the councilâ€™s powers, and said the DTA was seeking to interfere unduly in council business without giving councillors adequate representation.
Councillors will not be represented on the board of the DTA. Two councillors from the Dublin Regional Authority will be represented on an advisory council to the DTA. However, councillors from the four Dublin local authorities will be vying for these positions.
Mr Phillips told councillors the DTA would be able to stop the council from granting planning permission if it felt the objectives of the DTA would be compromised.
The DTA would also be able to make amendments to the city development plan.
Currently, only councillors can amend the development plan.
The DTA could tell the council where to site bus stops, cycling facilities or parking within the city.
It could also direct the council to compulsorily purchase lands and carry out works, and will be able to step in and carry out work if the council fails to do so.
This could mean that if the DTA decided a quality bus corridor was to be created, the council could be ordered to acquire peopleâ€™s front gardens, Tim Oâ€™Sullivan, executive manager in the councilâ€™s traffic department, said.
The DTA will also have an input into the councilâ€™s finances, and will be able to direct the council as to how it must spend revenue collected from such sources as parking meters.
Labour councillor Dermot Lacey said the DTA was being established as a HSE model and would be a â€œdisasterâ€ for the city.
â€œAll parties were united in calling for a DTA but this is the worst of all worlds. There is absolutely no democratic accountability.
â€œItâ€™s the HSE for transport, and the worst con job perpetrated on the people of this city since the affordable housing debacle.â€
Sinn FÃ©in councillor Larry Oâ€™Toole said he was concerned by the lack of input from councillors.
The DTA had become a â€œtop downâ€ organisation, and there was a danger that public transport in the city would be privatised.
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Imagine trusting a professional transport body to choose where to site bus stops, cycling facilities, parking, etc. and allowing them an input into the planning process without first considering the subtle input of Mr Indignant O'Gombeen and Ms Self-Important McIgnoramus? Let's not denigrate these democrats' achievements, people; look around Dublin and admire the little slice of public transport nirvana that the current system has delivered to us lucky burgers of Dublin.
Just in case you're not convinced by this incontrovertible evidence, WATCH OUT!! THIS NEW CROWD ARE LIKELY TO STEAL YOUR FRONT GARDEN!!! :mad::mad:
Edit: Actually to be fair, not all councillors are of the calibre suggested above. Some are pretty decent. Still, the DTA might be the best thing that's happened this city in years.
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