Author Archive: Gavin Walker

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Portavo Reservoir decision is disappointing

Portavo Reservoir decision is disappointing

| January 23, 2017 | Reply

Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker has described the recent High Court decision to grant Portavo Estates a right of pre-emption over the property as ‘disappointing’ and has called on all parties involved to work together to retain public access to the area. You can register your interest in helping retain public access to Portavo Reservoir. Please click […]

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Minister must transfer Regeneration Powers to Councils despite DUP protest

Minister must transfer Regeneration Powers to Councils despite DUP protest

| January 6, 2017 | Reply

In a recent letter to the editor of the County Down Spectator I outlined the reasons why the transfer of Regeneration Powers to Council was so important, and why the DUP had failed residents of our Borough by placing Party before people. The letter was printed on January 5th. Here is the transcript. Dear Sir: When […]

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Is it time to consider a casino for Bangor?

Is it time to consider a casino for Bangor?

| November 24, 2016 | Reply

I’ve put in a Notice of Motion for Council to consult widely on what you think about the idea of looking at bringing a Casino and Entertainment Centre similar to the one pictured which is in Milton Keynes, to Bangor. With the potential of bringing 900 hospitality-based jobs to our town plus the impetus of […]

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Join Alliance: because you embrace diversity too

Join Alliance: because you embrace diversity too

| November 24, 2016 | Reply

Building a shared society is the biggest single challenge facing Northern Ireland and should be the central over-arching priority for the NI Executive. Quite simply, we will not achieve what we want for Northern Ireland – economically and socially – if we don’t address this critical issue. But we won’t do this by tinkering around […]

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The facts of the Van Ban Debate

The facts of the Van Ban Debate

| September 7, 2016 | Reply

At a recent Council meeting I voted against a Motion to rescind the most comprehensive and coherent environmental waste policy the Council had brought forward in the two years of existence. I’ve been asked why I voted that way –  so here is a full explanation of the issue. Ards and North Down Council recently […]

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Proposal to move Donaghadee Post Office – consultation opens

Proposal to move Donaghadee Post Office – consultation opens

| July 20, 2016 | 7 Replies

  It is proposed to move the Post Office in Donaghadee from its present premises at the Corner Shop, New Street to the EuroSpar at Moat Street. While this will provide a new facility with slightly better opening hours, we are concerned that the loss of the Post Office from the centre of the town will […]

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Are you part of the Big Conversation?

Are you part of the Big Conversation?

| July 7, 2016 | Reply

One of the most important roles of your Council is to involve all of us in creating the Borough we want. To assist in that, the Council has launched the Big Conversation to help us understand what you want. So please get involved here ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/bigconversation If you can’t complete the online survey, give me a […]

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Make the B511 from Groomsport Roundabout into our village a safe, 30mph road

Make the B511 from Groomsport Roundabout into our village a safe, 30mph road

| July 7, 2016 | Reply

The B511 from the Groomsport Roundabout into our village is a 30mph zone. There is a 30mph sign at the roundabout, but no other ‘reminders’ after that. As a result, many drivers pick up speed as they make their way along the road – and get even faster as they approach our village. This puts […]

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New rules for Ards and North Down recycling centres explained

New rules for Ards and North Down recycling centres explained

| July 7, 2016 | 3 Replies

From the 22nd August, commercial vehicles will not be allowed to use our Household Recycling Centres throughout the Borough. In response to a number of calls on the subject, I’m providing below some answers to the questions you have asked. I hope this clarifies the situation, but please contact me if you have any questions […]

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Councillors are really fit for office thanks to Donaghadee outdoor gym!

Councillors are really fit for office thanks to Donaghadee outdoor gym!

| May 27, 2016 | Reply

It was a pleasure to work with Mark Brooks and others to bring the new Donaghadee outdoor gym  to the Commons in Donaghadee. And even better to see it being used by so many local people already! This new Donaghadee outdoor gym at the Commons is a great way for us all to improve our fitness levels. […]

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