“Costs of Parading highlights irrational Parades Commission determinations” – Martina Anderson
Commenting on a report to the Policing Board, Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee today, Sinn Féin Board Member Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) said:
“Figures presented to the Committee today are deeply disturbing, particularly in the context of our present economic situation when we are facing an onslaught on public services by the Tory/Lib.Dem coalition.
“The costs of Bonfires and Policing Parades are an indictment of the irrational Parades Commission Determinations. One day’s cost around bonfires was £154,000 while the cost of policing parades on one day totaled £246,000 but the largest expenditure was policing parades over the 11th to 14th July at £2.5million.
“These costs can not be justified and in the absence of the Loyal Orders willingness to engage wholeheartedly on the issue of contentious parades it is irresponsible for the Parades Commission to put forward determinations that from experience it should know will only result in a pressurised and unacceptably expensive Policing situation.
“It is incumbent, particularly in the present austere economic situation that the Parades Commission takes account of not only the societal costs of their determinations but the financial costs also.