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Sunday 20 April 2014

Council plan is 'disgusting'

MACROOM'S businesses are facing a hike in their rates when the town council is abolished, a political lecturer has warned.

MACROOM'S businesses are facing a hike in their rates when the town council is abolished, a political lecturer has warned.

Dr Aodh Quinlivan, a lecturer in politics at UCC's Department of Government, told a public meeting in the town on Monday night that the plan to abolish town councils is a "crude, disgusting, and shameful centralised power grab" and would lead to an increase in fees for businesses in the town.

The Lee Valley Enterprise Board has also claimed that local community groups and clubs will miss out on crucial funding, as the new county council structure will not guarantee that money generated in the town will be re-invested in Macroom.

At the meeting, which drew a large crowd on Monday, local Fine Gael deputy Michael Creed vehemently defended the government's plans to reform local authority structures.

Deputy Creed accused Dr Quinlivan of singling out the planning aspect of the legislation to ridicule the entire the whole legislation.

"That provision in the context of legislation is specifically in there because it was one of the lessons we learned from multi-million pound tribunals of enquiry into the planning system. They addressed the issue of abuses by elected members in the planning process. That is in there for good reason," said Deputy Creed.

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