Row over ‘marriage venue’ for Mid Ulster super-council

Michael McGlade Multimedia Editor of Mid Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times
Michael McGlade Multimedia Editor of Mid Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times

As we speak, the main political parties are finalising their list of candidates and proofing their election material for the forthcoming super-council elections.

But it has emerged that the three council areas of Magherafelt, Cookstown and Dungannon have yet to agree a venue for the hotly anticipated marriage ceremony, which takes the form of the election count.

Magherafelt say their sports arena is larger, than Cookstown’s and is therefore the ideal location for the counting of votes, but Cookstown aren’t happy.

You would be forgiven for thinking that the three areas are jostling for supremacy in the new super-council.

Indeed, just a few months ago, Dungannon claimed their town was the most suitable location for the administrative centre of the new authority.

These are some of the more obvious issues you would expect to read about, but there are so many more important changes with the council merger, that still need to be clarified.

How will they handle their enhanced planning powers, regeneration, local economic and tourism and community planning and of course - top of the pile - our rates?