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?
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
It has been my absolute pleasure to serve as Deputy Mayor of Ards and North Down for the past year. Now that my year in office is over, can I thank the hundreds of residents of this great Borough who have made me feel so welcome at the many events both large and small to … Read moreThank you for your support this year
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
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
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 … Read moreThe facts of the Van Ban Debate
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 … Read moreAre you part of the Big Conversation?
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 … Read moreNew rules for Ards and North Down recycling centres explained
Young Enterprise Chief Executive Carol Fitzsimons and Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker congratulate the Bangor Academy Team, Another Man’s Treasure Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker was thrilled to be able to present the runners up award to the Bangor Academy team who competed with some of Northern Ireland’s leading young entrepreneurs at the Young Enterprise Big Market … Read moreBangor Academy set record straight with Young Enterprise Award!
I am asking members of our community to support the recently announced decision of our local SPARs to be part of the exciting project to place 300 defibrillators at stores across Northern Ireland. SPARs in Groomsport, Donaghadee and the Eurospar at Ashbury have signed up for the programme and now it’s for us to support the fundraising … Read moreWalker encourages support for SPAR defibrillator project