Why I’m fed up with inconsiderate dog owners

Why I’m fed up with inconsiderate dog owners

| July 20, 2018 | Reply

I am livid after the actions of irresponsible dog owners who allow their pets to use it as a public toilet, has forced residents in Donaghadee to request the re-siting of the VC Memorial to Lieutenant WD Kenny. The Memorial is based on a template used without issue for all of the many similar VC […]

Thank you for your support this year

Thank you for your support this year

| June 7, 2018 | Reply

It has been my absolute pleasure to serve as Deputy Mayor of Ards and North Down for the past year. Now that my year in office is over, can I thank the hundreds of residents of this great Borough who have made me feel so welcome at the many events both large and small to […]

Tackling speeding along the B511 into Groomsport

Tackling speeding along the B511 into Groomsport

| May 10, 2018 | Reply

For years we have been trying to solve the problem of drivers speeding through our village along the B511 and then onto Main Street. Other Councillors and I have written countless times to TransportNI without success asking them to take some action . As you know, the problem is that the 30MPH Zone begins at […]

Councillors folly could bring environmental disaster to coastline and Donaghadee

Councillors folly could bring environmental disaster to coastline and Donaghadee

| April 17, 2018 | Reply

I have condemned the recent decision of a Council Committee to invite consideration of Donaghadee as the landing site for a bridge joining Northern Ireland to Scotland as a “potential environmental and social disaster for Donaghadee and our Borough.” At the recent meeting of the Council’s Regeneration and Development Committee, DUP and Ulster Unionist Councillors […]

Why I’ve put my hand up for the beach

Why I’ve put my hand up for the beach

| March 29, 2018 | Reply

I was pleased to support a suggestion from Tom Smith that Groomsport residents be consulted on the possibility of our beach becoming an ‘Inclusive Beach’. This means that some work will be carried out to create easy access for people of all abilities.   At this point no decisions have been made on any improvements […]

Youth Council announced for Ards and North Down

Youth Council announced for Ards and North Down

| February 28, 2018 | Reply

I am thrilled to be able to pass on the news that The Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) has been tasked by the Ards and North Down PEACE IV Partnership to set up the ‘Capacity Building & Youth Leadership Programme’. Young people in Ards and North Down are being urged to take part in a […]

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Peace IV can make dreams come true

Peace IV can make dreams come true

| February 22, 2018 | Reply

Along with Cllr Richard Smart, I am pleased to be a Champion of the Cross Community Intercultural Theatre project. This programme is aimed at building a greater awareness of cultural diversity, understanding and cohesion between communities. The programme which will be delivered by Terra Nova Productions, Northern Ireland’s only professional intercultural theatre company to stage a […]

Working together we could have saved the Donaghadee Big Weekend

Working together we could have saved the Donaghadee Big Weekend

| February 8, 2018 | Reply

At the January Council Meeting a misjudged attempt to bounce Ards and North Down Borough Council into funding the Donaghadee Big Weekend to the tune of £30,000 fell as the proposer and seconder failed to secure even the support of their own party colleagues. If Councillors had only worked together to present a more creative […]

Great promotional video from Ards & North Down Tourism

Great promotional video from Ards & North Down Tourism

| February 5, 2018 | Reply

If you ever needed a reason to be proud of the place you live – here it is. A perfect place to kickback and relax – and we live here! Definitely the best place in Northern Ireland to visit and enjoy.

Ballyvester Cemetery demands immediate work

Ballyvester Cemetery demands immediate work

| January 2, 2018 | Reply

In a recent, courageous and heart-breaking Facebook post, Michelle Marshall from Millisle horrified us all with a picture of the state of her child’s grave in Ballyvester Cemetery. I met with Michelle on Tuesday morning and was horrified at the state of the area around her baby’s grave. No mother should see their child’s grave […]

BREXIT? It isn’t happening here, says Ards and North Down Borough Council

BREXIT? It isn’t happening here, says Ards and North Down Borough Council

| December 4, 2017 | Reply

In the week when the rest of Europe and the UK is working hard to try to secure a positive move forward to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, Ards and North Down Borough Council has taken the bizarre decision not to take any steps to prepare for the outcome until March 2019! Voting […]

Draft Integrated Strategy for AND (2018-2030) – Tourism, Regeneration and Economic Development

Draft Integrated Strategy for AND (2018-2030) – Tourism, Regeneration and Economic Development

| November 30, 2017 | Reply

Council has launched a public consultation on its Draft Integrated Strategy for Ards and North Down (2018 – 2030) – Tourism, Regeneration and Economic Development. It has been produced by the Paul Hogarth Company and will be used to revitalise the Borough over the next 12 years. Please have you say at Draft Integrated Strategy. All feedback […]