The Fingal County Council Organisation and Procedures Committee met last night to agree dates for meetings to the end of the year and also to elect Chairpersons for the various Special Purpose Committees. (SPC’s)
It was agreed that Council and SPC meetings will start at 5pm to accommodate members who work full-time. This is a very positive change which I had been pushing for.
Fingal will have six SPC’s which is an increase of one from the previous Council. They are:
- Arts, Culture, Heritage and Community
- Economic Development and Enterprise
- Water and Environmental Services
- Planning and Strategic Infrastructure.
The last in the list above is the newly created SPC. I did raise the issue of the increased cost to the Council as each Chair receives an allowance of €6,000 per year to Chair the meetings. I intend putting a motion down at the July Council meeting to cap this at €500. In my view €6,000 to Chair meetings is not justified.
The circular below goes into detail as to the work of these committees and their importance to the operation of the Council.