Council meeting

HEATED WORDS AT COUNCIL MEETING

There was a heated exchange at the monthly meeting of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council on Monday 6th May between the Chief Executive, Mr Ian Frazer and Councillor Maurice Morrow.

The exchange arose when Councillor Morrow enquired about the progress of an urban renewal scheme in the town.  He said that he was very concerned that this scheme appeared to be lagging behind schedule.

He reminded the Chief Executive that the reason the scheme had commenced early in the year was so that it would be ready for Christmas.   He said that it was important, not only to local people, but also to visitors, that the town looked at its very best.

Mr Frazer responded by claiming that there had been a hold up in the process in both securing the necessary funding and having contracts signed.  He said that both these issues, which were outside of the control of the council, had been recently resolved.

Councillor Morrow, however, expressed his exasperation, claiming that he had thought that these matters had been sorted out long ago.

Mr Frazer, coming under increasing pressure from Councillor Morrow to provide dates for completion of the scheme, said that the delay was not the fault of his staff.   He asserted that he was confident that Council Officers had acted promptly and with efficiency.  He reminded Councillor Morrow again that any delay that there had been was on the part of outside agencies.  He stated for the record that he was as keen as anyone to ensure that the works were completed by Christmas.

Councillor Barry Monteith spoke of his concern over the naming of housing developments  in the Borough.

He sought clarification in relation to a previous Council resolution.

That resolution had decreed that developers, in proposing names for developments, of which there must be three, must propose at least one name which included the town land in which the development is situate.

 

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