Moat decision is fiscally irresponsible, says Walker.

the moat

The recent decision by Council to finance the Moat refurbishment plan in full Is fiscally irresponsible. That was what I said after the Council voted to spend an additional £50,000 of ratepayers money on the Moat project – money that could well have been secured as a grant from the Department for Communities. The Town … Read moreMoat decision is fiscally irresponsible, says Walker.

How can you help create the future Borough we all want? Here’s how to get involved.

Thank you for helping make the Alliance Group the second largest on our COuncil. We now need to work hard to deliver the BOrough we want, and I would like to invite you to be a part of my decision-making process. By registering your interest here, I will regularly consult with you on various issues … Read moreHow can you help create the future Borough we all want? Here’s how to get involved.

Successful Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week launched from Groomsport

Clean Coast Week

Gavin Walker has thanked Coca-Cola, the sponsors of the Clean Coast Week 2019 which saw 27 tonnes of marine litter removed from beaches and coastlines around Northern Ireland. Gavin was pleased that Groomsport Beach was chosen for the exciting launch of the Clean Coast Week when volunteers gathered to create an incredible piece of sand … Read moreSuccessful Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week launched from Groomsport

Alliance Local Government Manifesto for Ards and North Down launched

The Local Government elections are on May 2nd 2019. You already know what the Alliance Group has achieved over the past four years as it implemented an agenda of inclusiveness, diversity and transparency. But what do we hope to achieve in the next four years? How will your vote for an Alliance candidate affect the … Read moreAlliance Local Government Manifesto for Ards and North Down launched

Donaghadee Memorial to Lt WD Kenny VC to be protected against irresponsible dog owners

ppWilliam David Kenny (1899-1920) was born on 1st February 1899 in Saintfield, County Down, Ireland and he was the eldest child of John Joseph and Miriam Martha Kenny (nee Newton) who were married on 11th November 1896 in St Nicholas’s Parish Church of Ireland Church Carrickfergus. John Joseph Kenny from Saintfield was a son of William Kenny, a farmer. Miriam Martha Newton. A domestic servant from Green Street, Carrickfergus was a daughter of George Frederick Newton, a sea-captain. William was the oldest of three children with a sister Georgina Maria (born 1900) and brother Gerald Henry (born 1902). John Joseph Kenny was a Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary and for a time he was stationed in Donaghadee. Before that the family lived in the townland of Glenloughan, Scarva, Co Down and in Library Lane, Banbridge. William David Kenny was commissioned into the Indian Army as a Second Lieutenant on 31st August 1918 and he was posted to the 4th Battalion 39th Garhwal Rifles. A year later he was promoted Lieutenant and was killed in action on 2nd January 1920 during the Waziristan campaign. For this action, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. On 2nd January 1920 at Kot Kai, India, for over four hours, Lieutenant Kenny maintained his position, repulsing three determined attacks, being foremost in the hand-to-hand fighting which took place, and repeatedly engaging the enemy with bomb and bayonet. His gallant leadership undoubtedly saved the situation and kept intact the right flank, on which depended the success of the operation and the safety of the troops in rear. In the subsequent withdrawal, recognising that a diversion was necessary to enable the withdrawal of the company, which was impeded by their wounded, with a handful of his men he turned back and counter-attacked the pursuing enemy, and, with the rest of his party, was killed fighting to the last. His VC was gazetted on 9th September 1920, and his parents were invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 2nd November 1920. On 6th May 1998, his VC, British War Medal 1914-20, and India General Service Medal 1908-35 with three clasps for Afghanistan 1919, Mahsud 1919-20 and Waziristan 1919-21 were sold at auction at Spinks, London for a hammer price of £52,000. They were purchased by Michael Ashcroft and are displayed in the Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London.

The relatives of Indian Army hero Lt WD Kenny VC have thanked those behind a scheme to protect a memorial to his achieving the Victoria Cross being “disrespected” by dog owners in Donaghadee. The inscribed stone commemorating Lieutenant W D Kenny VC is one of a number of similar VC momuments sited at locations throughout … Read moreDonaghadee Memorial to Lt WD Kenny VC to be protected against irresponsible dog owners

Gavin welcomes brilliant campaign to encourage voting in the local government elections

Gavin has welcomed a new campaign to explain the vital role of our 11 councils and to encourage people to vote in the local government elections on Thursday 2 May. “With the Brexit mess and the lack of progress from the DUP and Sinn Fein in Stormont, I completely understand that people are disengaged from … Read moreGavin welcomes brilliant campaign to encourage voting in the local government elections

Gavin Walker selected as Alliance Candidate for Bangor East & Donaghadee

I am genuinely thrilled to have been selected to run as the Alliance Party candidate for Bangor East and Donaghadee in the upcoming Local Elections (May 2) as part of our team of 10 Candidates. Over the past four years it has been a privilege to work with the Alliance Group to promote an agenda … Read moreGavin Walker selected as Alliance Candidate for Bangor East & Donaghadee

Walker welcomes Consultation on Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper

I am excited that Ards and North Down Borough Council has published its Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper (POP) and is encouraging the local community to provide feedback to ensure that forthcoming strategies are a true reflection of local views. This is the first time we as a community have an opportunity to really … Read moreWalker welcomes Consultation on Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper

Groomsport inclusive beach update

Groomsport inclusive beach update Some time ago I announced that Ards and North Down Borough Council had secured funding of over £68,000 to enable works to commence for the provision of an accessible inclusive beach in Groomsport. At our request, the Council undertook consultation and answered some specific concerns around car parking. With those outstanding … Read moreGroomsport inclusive beach update