Lisburn City Council’s newest councillor has taken up his seat for the first time.
Following the resignation last week of Councillor Ronnie Crawford Lagan Valley Ulster Unionist Alexander Redpath was selected as his replacement.
Councillor Alexander Redpath took office on Monday and attended his first full meeting of the council on Tuesday evening.
Mr Redpath currently serves as an Ulster Unionist party officer and as chairman of the party’s youth wing.
He is also a candidate in the upcoming super council elections for the district of Downshire West which encompasses Moira, Hillsborough, Culcavy and Blaris.
Speaking on his co-option Mr Redpath said: “It is a tremendous honour to be selected as a Lisburn City Councillor.
“I am tremendously proud of where I come from and am really looking forward to giving something back to the City that has provided me with such a superb place to live.
“I would like to sincerely thank my predecessor Councillor Ronnie Crawford for his 25 years’ service to the people of Lisburn.”
He continued: “I would also like to thank my party leader Mike Nesbitt MLA for nominating me to this position.”
Mr Redpath says his priority remains the economic regeneration of Lisburn.
“I pledge to support the early devolution of parking charges to Lisburn City Council giving councillors the opportunity to strategically target reduced parking charges to help city centre traders,” he explained.
“I am also a firm supporter of the John Lewis development and when this project is delivered in Lisburn I will campaign to have all extra rates revenue ring-fenced. This extra revenue should be used to lower city centre parking charges and regenerate the city centre,” he commented.
Economic development of the Maze site is also a key priority for Lisburn says Mr Redpath.
. I am proud of the central role my party played in halting the glorification of terror at the Maze site.”