THE lawless behaviour of so-called flag protesters who laid siege to Mossley Mill during the Mayor’s Christmas dinner last month has left local ratepayers footing the bill for extra security at the borough’s civic headquarters.
The mindless actions of those who vandalised vehicles and burnt out cars at the gates of the Mill on December 7 have prompted the council to put additional security measures in place.
A spokesperson for the local authority confirmed this week that, following a review of security at the site, additional security staff have been employed to patrol the grounds of the Mill on nights when the council and its committees are scheduled to meet.
The move has already cost local ratepayers hundreds of pounds, and with rumours circulating that a further flag protest could take place at the Carnmoney Road North site ahead of the full council meeting on January 28, it is likely the extra security will be in place for the foreseeable future.
“Following the events of December 7 and in light of the ongoing flag protest situation, and several incidents that have taken place at other council offices, security at Mossley Mill has been reviewed. Additional security is being provided at Mossley Mill when council and committee meetings are held,” the spokesperson said.
It’s understood that the additional security guards are being provided between 5pm and midnight each night at a cost of more than £178 per night.
“The council is monitoring the situation and will adjust security levels accordingly,” she added.