Concern over public attending council meetings

Fundraisers at Bow Street
Fundraisers at Bow Street

Councillor Joan Baird has expressed concern regarding members of the public attending council meetings.

She was speaking at a recent meeting of Banbridge District Council’s Policy and Resources Committee,

Mrs Baird referred to a lady who attended the Statutory Council Meeting in November and when questioned stated that she had spoken to a councillor regarding her attendance at the meeting.

Mrs Baird also referred to a protest held during the Statutory Council Meeting in November.

Councillor Marie Hamilton agreed with Mrs Baird’s concern.

The Council’s Acting Chief Executive stated that seven days notice was required for a deputation to the council but that the Statutory Council and the Public Services Liaison Committee meetings were open to the public.

The Acting Chief Executive agreed to institute a checking process for members of the public attending council meetings.

Councillor John Hanna stressed that if any citizens wish to attend a public meeting they should be made to feel welcome.

The Acting Chief Executive advised that if a member of the public contacts a councillor requesting attendance at public meetings, they should ensure that the Member Services Section is advised accordingly.