The Mayor of Lisburn City, Councillor Margaret Tolerton has wished all Lisburn residents a very peaceful New Year.
“Every New Year brings with it some degree of change and 2014 will see change to the local government landscape with elections to a new Shadow Council taking place in May. This will see 40 members of council elected to a new Lisburn City and Castlereagh Borough Council, which will function as a Shadow Council with Lisburn City Council and Castlereagh Borough Council running alongside it for one year until the new council comes into being. So change is just around the corner, but of course change is needed now and again to keep the wheels turning.
“I have had a wonderful 2013 and hope that many of our citizens have too. I am not adverse to personal sorrow and problems in life, often which seem insurmountable, but we struggle on, we lean on our family members and our friends, and we return the support as is needed. I have met many brave people in my Mayoral role that have been through great personal tragedy. I am enjoying my Mayoral role and the wonderful diversity it brings, and I have been delighted to meet and greet so many new faces, groups and organisations day and daily. I really enjoy getting out and about and in this role it is non-stop, but it keeps me active and I’m privileged to have the role of First Citizen. I have had fantastic support from colleagues and Council Officers every step of the way.
“It has been a good year for Lisburn. Our European City of Sport designation has put the city firmly on the sporting map, and moved us onwards from the previous year when we played our part in hosting Olympic Training Camps. So who knows what will happen next year. We have seen some major new investment in the retail sector, and the city centre will be a fantastic new and improved landscape once completed. We know that progress involves the work actually taking place and we trust that the improvements will change the face of the city centre. Our aim as a Council is to provide the best we can for Lisburn and to lead it and to pave its way now, and for the future. I hope to continue my fundraising efforts for my Mayoral Charity, the Diabetes Unit at the Lagan Valley Hospital, and I offer my most sincere and warm thanks to all those people who have aided me in this work, which will benefit local people from the City area.
“I would like to wish all our community groups and volunteering organisations or individuals who volunteer a very successful 2014. The work carried out in this area epitomises unselfishness and dedication and the people involved in these areas deserve a special mention.
“Finally, my wish as 2014 brings in a new era, is for peace in the City, for thoughtfulness, compassion and tolerance towards others; for gratitude for what we have and to strive for what we need. We will all make mistakes, we will all forget something important, we will all annoy somebody, we are not perfect! But if at our core we have a genuine kindness and affection for our family, friends and neighbours that’s worth so very much.”