BRICKBATS AND BOUQUETS: Council report lists complaints but councillors say praise should be recorded too…especially in regard to flowers in Ballymena town centre

Alderman Ashe speaking at the meeting which was live-streamed.

POSITIVE comments made by the public about Mid & East Antrim Borough Council should be compiled in a report for councillors and not just information about complaints, a councillor says.

Carrick DUP councillor Billy Ashe was speaking after a report given to councillors showed there were 126 recorded complaints to the Council in the 2019-20 financial year.

A council official said that was a reduction of 26 in the previous year.

Alderman Ashe said the heading of the report was ‘Complaints, Comments & Compliments’.

He added: “I’m not seeing any compliments of which I know that this Council and the staff of this Council receive, and deserve, plenty.

“I would like to see in future the report coming forward in a balanced manner. In other words let’s see some of the compliments we are getting, let’s see some of the pats on the back our staff are rightly deserving and let us as a Council take an interest in those as well.”

Braid Ulster Unionist councillor Robin Cherry added: “I think the people who provide the flowers around the town…it’s amazing at times…and I think they never seem to be complimented.”

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