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.

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

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

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

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