Falkirk Council decision making row rumbles on

Falkirk Council Municipal Buildings
Falkirk Council Municipal Buildings

Opposition councillors have repeated their call for an urgent review of the decision-making rules in the Municipal Buildings.

The SNP claims that, despite months of talks with Falkirk Council’s Labour-led administration aimed at agreeing changes, no solution is in sight.

But Labour has hit back saying numerous concessions have already been made.

It is understood a refusal to sign a commitment to attend every meeting is the latest stumbling block to a deal being agreed.

This week, SNP group leader Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn insisted: “The need for a more open and transparent set of structures that can hold this administration to account has been frustrated because the wider Labour Group rejected the recommendations put forward by their group leader and Falkirk Council Provost.

“Before the meeting in June we were assured Labour would put forward an emergency motion, but that contained conditions not previously discussed and a demand all 13 SNP members individually sign a decleration despite the fact they intend to exclude eight from having any real say in the decision making process. The SNP Group speaks as one on these matters and is frustrated at being robbed of an opportunity to move this forward.”

Councillor leader Councillor Craig Martin said: “I don’t understand where they are coming from. Earlier this year they asked for five conditions and offered four. We asked all 13 SNP councillors to sign a document which would show they are willing to participate and make a contribution to the decision making process and they refused.”