New Council Chair and Deputy Chair Appointed
Mid Ulster District Council has appointed a new Chair and Deputy Chair.
Councillor Paul McLean (DUP) has been named Chair at the Council’s Annual General Meeting held yesterday evening (7 June), with Councillor Christine McFlynn (SDLP) now appointed as the new Deputy Chair.
Councillor McLean said:
I consider it a great honour, privilege and pleasure to be appointed as Chair in this, the centenary year of Northern Ireland, a special and historic year which presents us with an opportunity to mark the past, acknowledge the present and look forward to the future.
Councillor McLean also spoke of taking up his new role in a period of positivity and cautious optimism as pandemic restrictions ease and the vaccination programme continued to roll out successfully:
“The idea of positivity is one which I trust will characterise my time as Chair, and there is much to be positive about in the weeks and months to come, particularly as we complete, for example, a major capital investment programme in leisure and outdoor recreation facilities worth over £5.2M. These projects are transforming places like Roundlake in Fivemiletown, Ballyronan Marina and Davagh Forest to name three of the largest.
“Making a difference to the lives of local people is what we’re all about, after all, whether by ensuring they have great walks, parks, open spaces, pitches and play areas for people to enjoy; by ensuring that we’re supporting our local businesses with bespoke Covid recovery plans for our hardest-hit sectors or tailored business programmes to encourage innovation, build capacity, knowledge and skills; by ensuring that we respond to those who are in need by working to address those needs directly but crucially in partnership with other agencies, as well as with our voluntary and community sector.
New Deputy Chair, Councillor McFlynn, said:
“It is a privilege and an honour for me to accept the position of Deputy Chair and I am looking forward to working with our Chair and senior management team, to representing and supporting all our residents and businesses and to getting out and about right across our district”.
Referring to the challenges society had faced as a result of the pandemic, Councillor McFlynn also spoke of positivity and hope:
“As we come out of Covid and try to rebuild our district for the future, we have to have hope that the days ahead will be brighter and Mid Ulster Council will have its part to play in that, working to improve the lives of our residents and their well-being in the year to come”.
Both appointments are for one year.