Ulster Unionist Cllr Richard Holmes has welcomed political agreement at a meeting of Full Council to alter a proposal which would have seen it purchase two standby generators, when there is a requirement for only one.
“The standby generator is necessary to ensure that Council HQ in Coleraine can fulfil its role as the Emergency Support Centre. It is not a requirement that every council office has one, particularly since estimated costs could be in the region of £130,000 for the Cloonavin site alone.
“Council Officials initially tabled a proposal to purchase one generator at Committee stage. This was amended by the DUP, proposing that two generators be purchased to include one for the Council Office in Ballymoney, which I felt was wholly unnecessary.
“We need to be careful as a council and eliminate waste where we can. A decision to purchase an additional generator would have been an unnecessary waste of ratepayers’ money.
“I am therefore pleased that at Full Council the DUP realised this and joined the UUP and other Parties in overturning the decision to purchase two generators.
“The proposal will now proceed to look at a standby generator for Council HQ in Coleraine and options to plug in mobile units in the future if required for other offices. This is another welcome saving for the ratepayers.”