A councillor was involved in a first for the local authority when members went to a vote to see if he should be allowed to join a council committee.
At a meeting of Falkirk Council last Wednesday SNP Councillor David Alexander announced he was standing down from his role on the planning committee and nominated Non-Aligned Independent Group member Brian McCabe to take his place.
However, Councillor McCabe, although he regularly attends meetings, is currently refusing to take an active part in any committees he has been assigned to because he claims the political proportionality is unfairly skewed in favour of the administration.
Councillor McCabe said: “I always had a willingness to attend meetings, I was only looking for the respect I was due. I feel I would be an asset to the committee because of my experience and commitment.”
But after he refused to guarantee he would actively participate in the planning committee and other meetings the matter was put to a vote, with Councillor McCabe, who abstained from voting, losing out 16-14.
Councillor Alexander then proposed SNP Councillor John McNally to replace him and that was unanimous ly agreed.
After the meeting Councillor McCabe said: “The administration are petrified of any form of scrutiny of their policies and governance.”
His non-aligned colleague Robert Spears called for the current cabinet structure to be scrapped.
Councillors were told it was the first time a situation like this had gone to a vote.