A proposal for Ballymoney Borough Council to start collecting biodegradable waste has resulted in a public DUP split – with one of the party’s councillors walking out of a recent meeting and aiming a broadside at her party colleagues.
Cllr Evelyn Robinson left the council meeting on Monday night after her recommendation to enter into a contract for a green waste recycling service was deferred by her DUP colleague Alderman Bill Kennedy who questioned the costings, funding and running of the scheme.
Fellow DUP councillor Frank Campbell seconded Ald Kennedy’s proposal and fellow DUP councillor John Finlay asked: “Did we not agree at the rates meeting not to put this in?”
Although another DUP councillor, Ian Stevenson, supported Cllr Robinson, she narrowly lost a vote on the issue.
In response, Cllr Robinson hit out: “I want it recorded that I am utterly appalled by this decision.”
Cllr Stevenson agreed.
Hitting back at Cllr Robinson’s comments, Ald Kennedy stated: “I am a councillor interested in ratepayers’ money and am appalled at her attitude.”
Cllr Robinson then asked to be excused from the meeting and walked out past Ald Campbell who alleged that she called him a “turn coat” as she passed.