The monetary cost of parades is 'unsustainable' claims the head of the Parades Commission, Peter Osborne. The cost of this years so called 'Marching Season' was over £7 million.
Quite an amazing statistic, considering the DUP's strange concern about the 'exorbitant increase in the retail price of men's razor blade cartridges', it would be better for it to look closer to home and ask for an investigation into why £600,000 was spent policing an Orange Order parade in the small town of Rasharkin.
Thankfully over in Glasgow, the number of parades has fallen by 27% over the last year and the cost of policing the marching season is £250,000. There are big complaints in Glasgow city centre and the damage it does to business, but whereas Glasgow's costs are falling, NI's cost has increased from £5.7 million in 2011, to £7.4 million in 2012.
The commission has said dialogue is key in bringing down the cost of policing marches, and although some district lodges do speak with the Parades Commission and residents' groups, the stance of the Grand Lodge has always been one of non-engagement. It was only last month that the Grand Lodge allowed local lodges to decide if they wanted to meet groups in their area to seek agreement on contentious parades.
Parades policing 'unsustainable' - UTV Live News