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

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

Will you join us to achieve the Green Flag Awards for Ballychrochan Linear Park?

Linear Park

Linear Park is a wonderful asset to our neighbourhood, and I have asked our Environment Department to undertake a study to see what we need do to achieve the coveted Green Flag Award. An important aspect of that Award is community volunteering. So if you – or an organisation you belong to – would like … Read moreWill you join us to achieve the Green Flag Awards for Ballychrochan Linear Park?

Portavo Right of Way one giant step closer

Portavo Right of Way

We have secured the final piece of evidence required to trigger the process of asserting a Public Right of Way at the Portavo Reservoir, a move which will ensure public access to the much-loved location for generations to come. While some potential roadblocks remain, I am confident the formal assertion of the Right of Way at the … Read morePortavo Right of Way one giant step closer

Youth Council announced for Ards and North Down

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 … Read moreYouth Council announced for Ards and North Down

Minister must transfer Regeneration Powers to Councils despite DUP protest

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 … Read moreMinister must transfer Regeneration Powers to Councils despite DUP protest