Wednesday 20 September 2017

Loss of council a 'sad day' for town

THE ABOLITION of Balbriggan Town Council is a 'sad day' for the people of Balbriggan, a local councillor has claimed.

Cllr. Frank Snowe (NP) said that the the decision would mean that ' the people are going to lose out' because in future they would have to deal with an authority that would have nothing to do with the town. 'People think we are on huge money but we are not. I receive two cheques a month, one for €130 and the other for €165, which amounts to €3,540 a year, which has to cover my phone, internet and other expenses.'

He also questioned Fingal County Councillors' commitment to Balbriggan, claiming that ' they don't do an awful lot for the people'. ' They just don't do enough for the town,' he said. Cllr. Snowe added that nine town councillors was too much, and could be cut to six, while the running of the town council did not cost a lot of money. ' The administration work is carried out by Fingal County Council, which means there is no cost to the taxpayer.' He suggested if one TD for the area was to to be axed, their annual expenses alone would cover the cost of running the town council.