New Mayor has high hopes for Borough of Coleraine

Councillor David Harding (UUP) takes over as Mayor for the Borough of Coleraine 2013 ' 2014.
Councillor David Harding (UUP) takes over as Mayor for the Borough of Coleraine 2013 ' 2014.

COLERAINE’S new Mayor Ulster Unionist councillor David Harding says he is confident that the ‘time and tide’ are turning for the area.

Speaking at last Tuesday night’s Annual General Meeting, Mayor Harding said he is looking forward with ‘excitement and optimism’ to his year in office, as he pledges to attract investment into the borough.

Addressing members, councillor Harding said: “I think that the tide and time are turning for Coleraine. For some people it has been a terrible time with the loss of jobs, but I hope things are changing.”

Councillor Harding told members that we have plenty to be grateful for in our borough, and said that he hopes to reach out beyond the borough to increase investment in the Coleraine area.

Using Ballyrashane Creamery as an example, Mayor Harding revealed that the firm puts £3.5 million into our local economy every year. He said: “If you are away in Europe enjoying a croissant, the butter that is used to make that croissant is from wee Ballyrashane. They are a local entity that is making a big difference.”

He concluded: “I am committed to doing things for out community.”