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Has anyone spotted these cyclehoop thingies? Now in Dublin and Belfast apparently.
Retrofitted to lampposts, stops the bike falling over with one wheel in the traffic and one on the pavement, and makes it more secure to lock your bike to a bollard/post – it can’t just be lifted over the top. http://www.cyclehoop.com/products/saintlegerParticipant
There are 3 DCC swimming pools slated for closing; SeÃ¡n MacDermott Street, Crumlin, and the Coolock.
Each pool costs â‚¬400,000 per annum. By my calculations, DCC could erect 5 metropole billboards which could generate â‚¬1,300000 and this would keep all 3 swimming pools open. The â‚¬100,000 left over could cover the cost of admin and allow for empty periods.
So there you have it, rather than allowing JC Decaux erect 10 billboards, why doesn’t DCC itself consider erecting only 5? These could easily be accommodated along the N11 dual carriageway between the UCD Flyover and Donnybrook bus depot, as it passes by Montrose. (Unlike lower-income areas, for some odd reason the leafy N11 wasn’t included the last time).
3 swimming pools for half the amount of new billboards? Tis a no-brainer 🙂
The â‚¬600,000 allocated has been stretched to cover expenses up until the end of August, so on a pro-rata basis, you could run the three of them for the year for â‚¬900,000. According to one of the councillors at the last council meeting (Niall Ring at 1h12 m on the webcast below), the expenses are variable during the year, and he estimates that the three pools could be run til the end of the year with an additional â‚¬106,000.
On the website, click on the ‘index points’ heading, and jump down to item 14.
This is mind boggling and scarcely credible, not just because of the paltry sums involved, but because of some of the other issues it raises regarding privatisation and profitability and the provision of public services. (I know this is off topic, but it’s vaguely planning related, and I figured Hutton for one would be interested. Actually, as further proof of DCC’s “ethos”, I suppose it is relevant).