Call for Council meeting venue to be changed

Enjoying the Ulster Sporting Heroes exhibition at the Tower Museum are, from left, Colr. Sean Carr, Billy 'Spider' Kelly and PJ O'Neill. (1111PG37)

Enjoying the Ulster Sporting Heroes exhibition at the Tower Museum are, from left, Colr. Sean Carr, Billy 'Spider' Kelly and PJ O'Neill. (1111PG37)

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SDLP councillor Sean Carr has called for the monthly meetings of Derry City Council to be moved from the Great Hall of Magee to another venue.

The monthly meetings have been held in Magee since the beginning of the year because of the closure of the Guildhall for major refurbishments.

Speaking at the monthly meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the former Mayor criticised the facilities at Magee and said the size of the room made it very difficult for councillors to hear what is being said.

“In this room the sound quality is not great,” he said.

Colr. Carr asked Derry City Council chief executive to investigate the possibility of holding the meetings elsewhere. “Are we tied in to being here? I think there are better venues,” he said.

The SDLP councillor did not suggest any alternatives to holding the meetings at Magee.

Ms O’Connor told councillors she would look into the matter.

Due to the closure of the Guildhall, Derry City Council’s committee meetings are now held in the committee rooms of the Council headquarters at Strand Road.

When the first meeting was held, a number of SDLP councillors criticised what they described as the lack of space in the committee room and questioned whether is was a suitable location.

The meetings are expected to return to the Guildhall in the spring of next year when the major refurbishment of the Guildhall is completed.