Responding to Sinn Fein’s criticism of the decision by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to reopen recycling centres for ‘black bin’ waste from Monday, DUP Causeway Coast & Glens Councillor John McAuley said:
“This decision is a proportionate step taken on the basis of available evidence on public safety and the advisory principles set out by the Agriculture Minister.
Council continues to encourage ratepayers to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to protect the NHS and save lives. This is the right thing to do.
However, with an unwelcome rise in fly-tipping since social distancing regulations came into force, and limited capacity for storage in many households, there is demand and support for this graduated and sensible approach to managing waste.
Sinn Fein’s objections are not only disappointing but endemic of the Party’s divisive attitude throughout the public health response to Covid-19. Rather than be guided by the scientific evidence and balancing this with the needs of local communities, they have dragged their heels on proportionate and uncontroversial steps such as the restricted opening of cemeteries.
Unfortunately we only have to listen to the comments of Mary Lou McDonald citing Covid-19 to make the case for Irish unity to realise that this strategy is less about principle and more about narrow party politics.
This is a time for responsible leadership, not the same old divisive rhetoric, and it’s time Sinn Fein started to work with others and not against them in the interests of all of the people that we represent.”