Coun­cil­lors de­fend num­ber of meet­ings

Bray People - - Council Report -

A SUG­GES­TION to scale back the num­ber of meet­ings held by Bray Town Coun­cil was met with stiff op­po­si­tion last Tues­day night de­spite the fact the agenda largely fo­cused on no­tions of mo­tions rather than any real busi­ness.

The agenda had six items listed, con­fir­ma­tion of min­utes, dis­posal of fee sim­ple in­ter­est in 76 James Everett Park, Bray, Re­ports and Rec­om­men­da­tions, No­tices of Mo­tion, Cor­re­spon­dence and Any Other Busi­ness.

The con­fir­ma­tion of min­utes and the dis­posal of fee sim­ple in­ter­est were dealt with in sec­onds while there were no re­ports and rec­om­men­da­tions or cor­re­spon­dence. This left no­tices of mo­tion and any other busi­ness.

Ask­ing that any no­tices of mo­tion of an eco­nomic vari- ety be ad­journed un­til a planned spe­cial meet­ing of the coun­cil C l l r. John Ry a n , chair­man of t h e coun­cil, said he didn’t want to see meet­ings be clogged up with no­tices of mo­tion.

Cllr. Pat Vance said, ‘There is ob­vi­ously not much on the agenda. Has the pro­to­col looked at hold­ing one meet­ing a month even if we had to start ear­lier, just for a while even?

‘This is the first time in a long time that there is noth­ing much on the agenda of any great im­por­tance. We all have a lot of meet­ings on and maybe we should look at just hold­ing one meet­ing a month. Just be­cause there has tra­di­tion­ally been two doesn’t mean we have to stick to it.’

How­ever, he was shot down from all sides.

Cllr. John Brady firmly dis­agreed say­ing, ‘ What goes on the agenda needs to be looked at. Our first meet­ing is on hous­ing and plan­ning and ob­vi­ously there is a de­crease in plan­ning applications. I think we need to change the agenda to suit the cur­rent cli­mate. We cer­tainly need two coun­cil meet­ings a month to deal with the sit­u­a­tion on the ground. I am to­tally op­posed to scal­ing back the num­ber of meet­ings.’

He was sup­ported by Cllr. Ro­nan McManus who said that ‘con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion we should be looking at al­ter­na­tive things such as fa­cil­i­tat­ing de­vel­op­ment and li­ais­ing with uni­ver­si­ties. ‘There are so many things the coun­cil could be dis­cussing be­side the fairly mun­dane no­tices of mo­tion. If we can’t find any­thing to talk about in this cli­mate it is a bad sit­u­a­tion.’ Cllr. Vance said he had no prob­lem at­tend­ing the two monthly meet­ings and pointed out he had been one of the most reg­u­lar at­ten­dees over the years but said ‘if we are go­ing to have two meet­ings they should be pro­duc­tive. There is no point com­ing to a meet­ing to dis­cuss no­tices of mo­tion’.

Cllr. Ryan said from his own point of view it would be worth looking at ‘a more strate­gic ap­proach to do­ing busi­ness’. He sug­gested that they con­tact the pro­to­col com­mit­tee with a view to get­ting a pro­posal to see the best way of con­duct­ing busi­ness.

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