Independent candidate in the upcoming Council elections Paul Hughes has vowed to work to strengthen local communities if elected on May 22.
Mr Hughes, a youth worker in Strathfoyle, is standing as an independent candidate in the Faughan electoral area.
The candidate said he intends to put rural concerns on the political agenda.
“I have a proven track record in campaigning for equal treatment for rural communities and now wish to progress this to a higher level, on your behalf to ensure that rural communities are not again forgotten or neglected.
“The reason I chose to stand in this election is to give a positive alternative to tribal party political voting; to stop waste crime and draw attention to poor waste management and illegal dumping across the rural which other established politicians choose to ignore,” he said.
Mr Hughes also said community development in rural areas is essential. “If elected to Council, I will advocate a ‘rights based approach’ for rural communities and ensure that areas such as Strathfoyle & Prehen get a play park and the children of the rural will exercise their right to play. I will pro-actively tackle dereliction in rural communities and campaign for better community infrastructure and capital build projects across all the rural areas of the Faughan Valley. I will campaign for the preservation of existing services and campaign for better services for areas such as Eglinton, Lettershandoney, Bready, Newbuildings, Strathfoyle, Maydown, Claudy, Ardmore and Prehen and in doing this, “I promise to ensure that rural communities will become more advanced because of my presence on Council. I pledge to give voice to rural communities and I expect you - the voter - to use your intelligence and vote me on May 22nd and I guarantee you I will not let you down,” he said.