Roe Valley rates have increased

Roe Valley rates have increased by 1.83 per cent, it was announced this week.

Local councillors met on Tuesday night to strike the domestic and non domestic rate, both of which saw a rise of 1.83 per cent. For a typical property valued at £100,000 it means an increase of £17 per year.

Chairperson of the Council’s Support Services committee, DUP Colr. James McCorkell said as the Council moves into the new financial year “Council will continue to look at ways in which service delivery can be improved and offer value for money”.

“To help offset costs to the ratepayer Council will endeavour to attract external funding to minimise the cost of delivering programmes and capital projects,” said Colr. McCorkell.

From April 2013 Council areas will concentrate on areas including the provision of a sports pavilion and outdoor recreation facilities and environmental park in Dungiven; development of the major waste infrastructure project, continued upgrading of indoor and outdoor, sporting and recreational facilities across the Borough and enhancement of existing open space provision and provision of play facilities for young people including up to two new play areas and improvements to two existing play areas.

Other areas Council will focus on include continued improvements to disability access to services and facilities; raising the profile and importance of Limavady as a tourism destination, support for the Magilligan to Greencastle ferry service and support the local business and retail sectors and support for the voluntary and community sector.

Speaking at Tuesday’s council meeting, SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle congratulated officers for their work.

“Nobody likes an increase in rates but, in saying that, Belfast City Council has fozen the rates and I’ve heard poeple saying their still weren’t happy so, no matter what you do, some people are still not happy,” he said. “It’s important we provide value for money and are prudent.”