Midsummer Night’s Dream in May will be spectacular

Conor Cupples as Puck

Gavin Walker has welcomed the Terra Nova Production of their innovative and game-changing approach to one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies to Ards and North Down. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will feature a range of diverse communities from across the borough performing in a transformed Queen’s Hall Newtownards in a bold, engaging, magical intercultural theatrical … Read moreMidsummer Night’s Dream in May will be spectacular

Walker welcomes Copeland Gin to Donaghadee

Copeland Spirits

Brilliant news for Donaghadee today and I am really looking forward to welcoming Copeland Spirits to town! Following a thorough community consultation process, Co. Down company, Copeland Spirits, has confirmed that its planning application to develop a distillery and visitor centre in Donaghadee has been approved. The company’s move marks its 125-year commitment to the area, its … Read moreWalker welcomes Copeland Gin to Donaghadee

Why I’m fed up with inconsiderate dog owners

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 … Read moreWhy I’m fed up with inconsiderate dog owners

Alliance achieves lighting up for LGBT Awareness Week

I was pleased to introduce the proposal that the Ards Town Hall be lit up in Rainbow colours to mark the start of LGBT Awareness Week in 2019 – and every year from then on. With support from around the Chamber – including two DUP Councillors – my Alliance colleague Cllr Karen Douglas and I, … Read moreAlliance achieves lighting up for LGBT Awareness Week

Unionists refuse to support business in campaign against no-deal Brexit

At last weeks’ Council meeting, both the DUP and UUP refused to back my Motion that Council write to the Secretary of State confirming our support for our business community and its recent united voice against a no-deal Brexit. Instead, DUP and UUP Councillors chose to amend a simple Alliance motion of support for our … Read moreUnionists refuse to support business in campaign against no-deal Brexit

Unionists deny Ards and North Down residents have a right to a People’s Vote

Peoples vote

I was disappointed, but not surprised the idea of a People’s Vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations failed to garner enough support from other Ards and North Down Councillors with the DUP and UUP uniting to deny that we have a right to determine our own future. Yet again Ards and North Down … Read moreUnionists deny Ards and North Down residents have a right to a People’s Vote

Walker welcomes important step to Moat restoration

the moat

As Chair of the Donaghadee Town Steering Group I am thrilled about the Council’s decision to grant planning application to regenerate The Moat. The applications success will allow the retention of its iconic status within the town while adding it to Donaghadee’s growing tourism offering. This decision to grant planning permission to improve the surrounding … Read moreWalker welcomes important step to Moat restoration

Disappointment as Council votes down proposal to support LGBT Community

I am disappointed to have to report that your Council  – led by the DUP – chose to vote down our proposal to light Ards Town hall in Rainbow Colours on Pride Day. We did receive a lot of wonderful support from across the Chamber as you will hear in this audio clip, but some … Read moreDisappointment as Council votes down proposal to support LGBT Community

Here’s why I signed the petition calling for a People’s Vote

Unusually, this post will change as time runs out on the run up to Brexit. So feel free to bookmark this page and visit often. (The following is a speech I presented at Full Council on October 24th requesting that Council support our call for a People’s Vote. It was defeated as the DUP and … Read moreHere’s why I signed the petition calling for a People’s Vote

Help me Ditch the Bridge from Ards & North Down SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE & THE ASSI

It is now official Ards & North Down Borough Council policy to engage with the Scottish government to land a bridge linking Scotland and Northern Ireland ‘somewhere on the coast’ of our Borough (although nobody will say where!) Please click here to sign the petition and send a message to Councillors that you want to … Read moreHelp me Ditch the Bridge from Ards & North Down SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE & THE ASSI