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Magherafelt District Council
50 Ballyronan Road
Magherafelt
BT45 6EN

t:028 7939 7979

Services the department provides

Services provided to other departments:

Finance Services

  • Provision and interpretation of management information regarding current service provision
  • Maintenance of a financial planning regime to secure sufficient financial resources annually through the "Rates Estimates" process - the Council has the third lowest district rate of the twenty six district Councils in Northern Ireland at 0.2214;
  • Cash management to ensure that sufficient funds are available to settle all Council liabilities as they fall due and to minimise the cost of borrowing - with zero long term borrowing at 31st March 2007 the Council has the lowest level of borrowing of the twenty six district councils in Northern Ireland;
  • Purchase ledger administration;
  • Processing of salaries and wages;
  • Sales ledger administration and credit control; and
  • External reporting in according with legislative requirements.

Administration Services

  • Human Resources services to include assistance with staff recruitment, development and retention and the development and implementation of personnel related policies;
  • Insurance services to ensure that appropriate insurance covers are held by the Council;
  • Information Technology services to ensure that the Council has a sufficient IT infrastructure to enable it to conduct its operations efficiently and effectively; and
  • All necessary support in the Council's ongoing compliance with its legislative responsibilities.

Services provided to the public:

Registration services

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Licensing

The Council offers a Dog Licensing service to the public. Under the relevant legislation, dog owners are required to purchase a licence (currently 5) for each dog in their ownership or control. Failure to purchase a licence is an offence punishable by fine (currently 25). Similarly fines are levied on owners who allow their dogs to stray (currently 10) and/or foul (currently 50) in public places.

Dog Warden Service

The Council operates a Dog Warden service, which responds to complaints about dogs straying and/or fouling. The Dog Warden has authority to catch stray dogs and take them to Cookstown Dog Kennels where they will be held for a limited period of time pending successful identification of the owner. Where dogs are impounded the owner will be liable to a release fee (currently 36) plus a further per diem fee for each day the dog has been kennelled. The Dog Warden service may be accessed at the Council Offices during Council Office opening hours and through Magherafelt PSNI station outside of those hours.

Cemetery services

The Council maintains a public interdenominational cemetery on the Castledawson Road just on the outskirts of Magherafelt Town. Although grants of right burial may not be purchased in advance of bereavement the Council offers a flexible service to undertakers acting on behalf of the deceased's relatives or representatives in order to ensure that burial arrangements can be swiftly and sensitively made for interment. The Council also assumes responsibility for the opening of the grave.

The cemetery itself is laid out in the "lawn system" and memorial stones may be erected with the permission of the Council on payment of the appropriate fee.

Further details may be obtained from the Council Offices.

Postal numbering (in conjunction with the Building Control department)

The department, together with the Building Control department, will recommend residential and non-residential development names to the Council for consideration. When the Council adopts a development name the relevant name and postal numbering layout will be forwarded to all relevant government departments for the updating of all necessary records.

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