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New powers for councils plea

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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A COUNCILLOR is calling for local authorities to be handed powers to make decisions on regeneration in a bid to breathe new life into the borough.
Frustrated by the Stormont stalemate, Councillor William McCandless has submitted a Notice of Motion, on behalf of the UUP group, which is on the agenda for tonight's (Tuesday, July 25) full council meeting.
The motion calls on Secretary of State James Brokenshire to "review the delayed development of regeneration powers, with appropriate resources, to local Government in Northern Ireland and thereafter to urge consideration of the enactment of such devolved powers to local authorities."
Speaking before the meeting, Cllr McCandless told The Chronicle: "Councils could take over the Assembly function of regeneration which would dovetail with planning. Who better to work with industry and come up with a plan for the local economy than an area's elected representatives?
“Almost five months after the last election we still have no functioning government and people are sick of it.
“We hear so much about respect being shown to the Irish language, but what I'm more concerned about is the lack of respect being shown to those who have been on hospital waiting lists for over a year, public sector workers locked into a one per cent pay freeze and children being taught in primary schools over 60-years-old.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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