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.