Challenge in the chamber

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A member of the public interrupted the council’s Environment Committee meeting on Monday evening (January 6), accusing elected representatives of “doing nothing for the people” when it comes to tackling issues such as littering and dog fouling.

The woman, from New Mossley, claimed that councillors are “turning a blind eye” to problems that have been going on in the area for years.

She said that she had attempted to raise her concerns with elected members on numerous occasions, but without success.

“Are any of you going to stand up and do the job you’re paid to do?,” she asked.

Earlier in the meeting, councillors had been presented with the latest figures detailing council-imposed fines and prosecutions for offences such as dog fouling and littering in the borough.

Several members, including the DUP’s Audrey and Billy Ball, and Alliance’s Lynn Frazer, challenged the woman’s claims, saying that she had never contacted them with her complaints.

The woman, who was adamant that representatives of all the political parties were well aware of the problems she was seeking to have addressed, finally left the chamber when the council’s Director of Environment Services, Hugh Kelly, offered her an assurance that he would take her details and get back to her regarding her complaints.