The DUP has slammed the Parades Commission for not meeting Craigavon Borough Council over the ongoing dispute surrounding the Garvaghy Road in Portadown.
Craigavon Mayor Mark Baxter of the DUP said the council’s chief executive has “repeatedly called for meetings with the Parades Commission” but had been “rebuffed”.
“In recent days I have heard the head of the Parades Commission Peter Osborne encourage communities to engage with each other and discuss their points of difference,” he said.
“However, these words come from the same man who has spent months dancing around coming to a council meeting in Craigavon.
“The chief executive of Craigavon Borough Council has asked repeatedly for the meeting but on each occasion has been rebuffed by the Parades Commission.
“Whilst the chairman has offered to hold a meeting with group leaders, that is not what the council requested. A meeting with group leaders has its place but is not the most efficient way to have a full and representative discussion on the issues in this community.
“The invitation still stands. I would be happy to make the arrangements for such a meeting.”
However, the Parades Commission hit back, saying it was being proactive and sought a meeting with group leaders on the council but this had been refused.
A spokeswoman said the Parades Commission will meet the full council after it has a meeting with the group leaders.