Royal holiday debate

A ROYAL wrangle took place in Midlothian Council chambers over a public holiday to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Councillor Craig Statham (SNP) - right - said local authority employees should be able to take the extra day’s holiday when they chose, rather than have to use it on the day of the wedding, April 29.

“The greatest benefit to me as a parent would be if that holiday was given to me at a time most convenient to me,” said Councillor Statham. “In other words, let staff choose what day they want to take that holiday. That would mean anybody who wants to watch the Royal wedding can take that day off. Anybody else can take that holiday when they want, parents for example in the summer holidays.”

Having a public holiday on April 29 would cost the council £40,000.

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