‘How much for a lawnmower?’

Ballyclare councillor, Alderman Paul Girvan was left wide-eyed after the council approved spending £35,000 on a lawnmower.

At Monday’s council meeting Mr Girvan asked: “Does it cut the grass for you? Does it have air conditioning, a CD player and heated seats?

“It seems a lot to spend on one lawnmower.”

The Ballyclare representative, however, raised his concerns after the item had been approved and no reason was given for the extravagant expenditure.