Limavady Borough Council
|Ranked 10th of 26
- Total (2010)
57 / km²
|Control||No overall control
Sinn Féin: 6
Sinn Féin: 1
|MPs||Gregory Campbell (DUP)|
Limavady Borough Council (Irish: Comhairle Bhuirg Léim an Mhadaidh) is a local government body in Northern Ireland. Its headquarters are in the town of Limavady. The Borough has a population of over 32,000 with 63% of the population living in a rural setting. It covers an area of 586 square kilometres and includes the valley of the River Roe. It stretches from the Sperrin Mountains in the south to Benone beach, a seven mile strand on the Atlantic coast which was the first beach in Northern Ireland to be awarded a Blue Flag. Apart from Limavady other towns in the area include Dungiven and Ballykelly.
The Limavady Borough Council area consists of three electoral areas: Limavady Town, Benbradagh and Bellarena. The Council was established in 1973 and is made up of 15 members who are elected (normally for a four year term) using a single transferable vote system.
At the last election in 2011 members from the following political parties were elected: 6 Sinn Féin, 3 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 3 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 2 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and 1 Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV). The posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor are usually rotated annually among the political representatives of the two main traditions within the community as part of the partnership process operated by the Council. As of December 2012, the Mayor is Councillor Cathal McLaughlin (Sinn Féin) and the Deputy Mayor is Councillor Alan Robinson (DUP).
2011 Election results
|•||Social Democratic and Labour Party||3||=|
|•||Democratic Unionist Party||3||=|
|•||Ulster Unionist Party||2||=|
|•||Traditional Unionist Voice||1||+1*|
- Boyd Douglas, elected as a TUV councillor, had previously held the seat under other designations, most recently (until early 2011) as a United Unionist Coalition representative.
Review of Public Administration
Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council was due to merge with Coleraine Borough Council, Ballymoney Borough Council and Moyle District Council in 2011 to form Causeway Coast and Glens District Council, a single council for the enlarged area totalling 1796 km² and a population of 131,564. The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on 25 April 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011.
In the event, progress towards implementing the RPA stalled, and as the 26 councils remained in existence in 2011 elections were held in May to those bodies for what was expected to be their final term.