Dublin City Council has defended a €130 public area service charge for docklands residents to be paid in addition to property tax.

The city council is taking over control of the area from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) with legislation due to be enacted by February 2015.

Acting CEO of the DDDA Paul Clegg told a meeting of South East Area councillors that the public area service charge would continue to be paid by residents to the city council.

Many councillors such as Dermot Lacey of the Labour party criticised this as an unacceptable level of extra taxation.

Fine Gael Councillor Kieran Binchy pointed out that residents of Merrion Square in Dublin do not have to pay such a charge.

But Mr Clegg said docklands residents had more of an issue with the property tax and were clear that they were paying for security, cleansing and lighting through the service charge.

It was also a legal agreement, he pointed out.

The meeting was given a presentation on the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) plan for the area which involves 2,600 apartments and 366,000sq m of office space to be developed across 22 hectares across the IFSC, North Wall and Grand Canal Square areas.

There will also be two 22 storey towers and two others of 12 and 15 stories among 20 blocks of development.