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

The facts of the Van Ban Debate

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

Are you part of the Big Conversation?

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?

New rules for Ards and North Down recycling centres explained

ards and north down recycling

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

Bangor Academy set record straight with Young Enterprise Award!

Bangor Academy

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!

Walker encourages support for SPAR defibrillator project

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

Bangor Grammarian’s Glittering Gala Ball

As a past-pupil of the school, I’m happy to help promote this year’s Gala Ball. See you there! Bangor Grammar School has a long and distinguished history with international sporting legends, politicians, leading businessmen, writers, and medics among those proud to call themselves Grammarians. This year, the Parent Teacher Association will be celebrating this legacy … Read moreBangor Grammarian’s Glittering Gala Ball