Council agree to write to Causeway Transition Committee

BALLYMONEY Borough Council has agreed to write to the Causeway Transition Committee and the relevant Minister expressing concern that elected members had not been appointed to two working groups which support the work of implementing RPA within local government.

During a recent Corporate Services meeting, members suggested that the lack of involvement meant that they ‘did not have any influence in shaping structures’.

The report explained: ‘To support the Regional Transition Committee (RTC) in the work of implementing RPA within local government, a Regional Transition Operational Board (RTOB) has been established, comprising Chief Executives from the 11 new council groupings along with senior officers from DoE and other Departments due to transfer functions to local government.

‘The RTOB has agreed the formation of a number of Task and Finish Working Groups and the Chief Executive of Ballymoney has been allocated to two groups: the Transfer of Functions Working Group, chaired by Peter McNaney, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council; and the Legislation Working Group chaired by Angus Kerr of Department of the Environment. Groups have been asked to develop a proposed work plan by September 2012.

‘It is recommended that Committee notes this report.’

It was proposed by Cllr John Finlay, seconded by Cllr Evelyne Robinson, that 1.that Committee note the Chief Executive’s report and 2.that the Chief Executive write to the Causeway Transition Committee and the Minister concerned expressing concern that elected members had not been appointed to these working groups and hence did not have any influence in shaping structures.