Maximum pay for councillors

Councillors working towards a merger of Limavady, Coleraine, Ballymoney and Moyle councils are to receive the maximum pay allowed.

Under the ‘reform of local government’ in Northern Ireland, the current 26 councils in Northern Ireland are to be combined to form 11 new ‘super-councils.’

In Limavady this means a new ‘Causeway Coast and Glens’ council will be formed, which will stretch across a territory from from just outside Greysteel in County Londonderry beyond Cushendall in County Antrim.

In the proposed Causeway Coast and Glens super-council, there will be 40 wards - 16 from Coleraine, seven from Moyle, seven from Ballymoney and 10 from Limavady. A ‘Causeway Coast and Glens Statutory Transition Committee’ currently meets on a monthly basis. At a recent meeting of the committee, the councillors sitting on the committee recently voted to award themselves ‘remuneration’ of £2,700 for their part in overseeing the transition.