Tension between councillors and City of Culture Company in Derry

The body set up to organise the UK City of Culture celebrations has been criticised by councillors in Derry.

Derry was chosen as the UK's inaugural City of Culture in July of 2010 and will take the mantle next year.

SDLP, DUP and Sinn Fein members have accused the Culture Company of not doing enough to inform the council about what is being planned.

It's believed the discontent was partly fuelled by an announcement of lottery funding earlier this week at a function to which some councillors say they were not invited.

The SDLP's Brenda Stevenson says she has no doubt the programme will be delivered, but there needs to be more communication.......

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However, Culture Company Chairperson Martin Bradley has described the criticism as petty, erroneous, misdirected and unjustified.

The former councillor and mayor said the Culture Company was being "choked by red tape" as it tries to get on with planning the programme for 2013.