Mid Ulster District Council has appointed a new Chair and Deputy Chair.
Councillor Sean McPeake (SF) has been named Chair at the Council’s Annual General Meeting (4 June) and will serve for one year, with Councillor Frances Burton (DUP) now the Council’s Deputy Chair.
Councillor McPeake called it ‘an honour and a privilege’ to have been selected to serve as Chair and spoke of the challenges and opportunities for Mid Ulster, from having the youngest, fastest-growing population of all 11 council regions to the on-going need to maintain a strong lobby to address broadband infrastructure weakness:
“There are many challenges that we have to collectively tackle.
“Despite differing political backgrounds in the Council chamber, there are huge commonalties in the needs of the communities which we all serve.
“My role in the year ahead will be to focus both on the things that unite us and also the things that continue to divide us and I intend leaving my door open to anyone in need of assistance.
“We have lots to do in order to make the Mid Ulster District even better than it is”
Speaking after her appointment, Councillor Burton, referred to the importance of representing rural and urban communities:
“I look forward to the year ahead and being out with the community, working with them on local issues and projects, and helping to ensure we are listening to their needs and acting in their interests.
“One of my priorities is to ensure that our rural residents can enjoy access to a high standard of services and facilities and that Mid Ulster is a safe and welcoming place to socialise, work and raise our families”.
Both appointments are for one year.