Independent election candidate in Mid Ulster Hugh McCloy has hit out at the main political parties, and said more needs to be done to boost tourism and business in the region.
The health campaigner who rallied against the closure of the Mid Ulster A&E unit in Magherafelt, said the new super-council will “need a health strategy to serve all its residents that includes lifesaving services.”
“The super council will have more powers than council have ever had, with more power comes more responsibility, if the same faces get back into council then we already know that with the more power will come less accountability,” said Mr McCloy.
“The new council will have two major tourist destinations to manage and promote with the Sperrins and Lough Neagh... we need a strategy to create ‘Destination Mid Ulster’ to compete with the Causeway Coast and Glens and Mournes.”
He added: “New fake shop fronts are becoming more prominent in our community than new businesses, people are still losing their homes due to the knock on effect of businesses failing in Mid Ulster, high business rates has seen town centre business fail and seen other businesses downsize and rent out space to pay overheads.
“Political parties here have proven that election promises mean nothing... this time make the change that we all deserve and vote for a person and not an idea.”