What your Councillor does.
The role of councillors is to look after the interests of the people who elected them. The public may contact their councillor by letter, telephone, or stop them in the street with their views and problems.
There are many challenges confronting a councillor. They are:
- Making decisions – identifying needs and priorities and deciding policies and appropriate courses of action.
- Monitoring performance – ensuring that decisions are effective and that results are achieved.
- Representing the interests and special needs of their own electoral area. The Councillor is the principal link between the electors and the council services.
- Dealing with problems of individuals in the community.
Make up of Council
Local Government elections took place on 5th May 2011.
The make up of the Council is as follows:
- 9 Democratic Unionist Party Councillors (DUP)
- 2 Sinn Féin Councillors (SF)
- 1 Ulster Unionist Party Councillors (UUP)
- 1 Social Democratic and Labour Party Councillors (SDLP)
- 1 Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV)
- 2 Independent (IND)
DUP: Alderman Bill Kennedy
Sinn Féin: Councillor Philip McGuigan
UUP: Councillor Tom McKeown
SDLP: Alderman Harry Connolly
TUV: Councillor William Blair