Challenges ahead with new political era

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey.
Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey.

A new era of local government politics begins tomorrow when 11 new “super-councils” take over.

Hailed as the biggest change in local government in 40 years, a new generation of local politicians will take responsibility for extra powers.

Councillors that have formerly served on Limavady Borough Council - including Sinn Fein, SDLP, DUP, UUP, and TUV - will sit on the new 40-member Causeway Coast & Glens Council to represent the seven district electoral areas of Ballymoney, Bann, Benbradagh, Causeway, Coleraine, Limavady and The Glens.

Councillors elected in 2014 to represent the wards around the Roe Valley vow to continue to fight for the best interests of not just their constituents, but everyone served by the former Limavady Borough Council.

“Without a doubt, we will do our very best to make sure we act on behalf of everyone who in what, I suppose, will be the former Limavady borough,” said Sinn Fein Councillor Dermot Nicholl.

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey said: “It’s going to be a challenge, although the last 10 months - working as a shadow council - we’ve seen there is respect towards each other, which is positive. It is definitely going to be challenging, no doubt about it. There will be differences of opinion in debates and issues going forward but, if we continue to respect each other in the way we have, hopefully we can work together in the best interests of everyone.”

SDLP Colr. Gerry Mullan said: “The new super council presents a lot of challenges and opportunities which the SDLP will embrace in the interests of everyone. It is a new era, a new political environment; one I’m sure will not always be easy but people served by the members on the former Limavady Borough Council can be rest assured the SDLP will fight their corner in the best interests of everyone.”

For residents served by the former Limavady Borough Council, it is advised there should be no disruption to service at this stage.

Information will be available on services on the Causeway Coast & Glens website at www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/ which is due to go live tomorrow.