Shadow Super Council meeting

Craigavon Civic Centre is to be the venue for the first meeting of the new shadow Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon super council meeting.

The Mayes Hall will be hosting the meeting in June as it was deemed the only suitable place, the Statutory Transition Committee has decided.

The new ABC Council will have the final responsibility of deciding where the official council chambers will be situated and it is widely tipped that Craigavon is the prime location.

None of the existing chambers in either Armagh, Banbridge or Craigavon are large enough to hold full meetings of the new council which will have 41 councillors.

Space is also required for council officers, members of the public and the press.

There had been concerns that if the Civic Centre’s Mayes Hall had not been regarded as suitable the first meeting would have to be held outside the council area.

The new council will face major decisions on where it will be based and where each council department will be situated.