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

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

Councillors folly could bring environmental disaster to coastline and Donaghadee

I have condemned the recent decision of a Council Committee to invite consideration of Donaghadee as the landing site for a bridge joining Northern Ireland to Scotland as a “potential environmental and social disaster for Donaghadee and our Borough.” At the recent meeting of the Council’s Regeneration and Development Committee, DUP and Ulster Unionist Councillors … Read moreCouncillors folly could bring environmental disaster to coastline and Donaghadee

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

Working together we could have saved the Donaghadee Big Weekend

At the January Council Meeting a misjudged attempt to bounce Ards and North Down Borough Council into funding the Donaghadee Big Weekend to the tune of £30,000 fell as the proposer and seconder failed to secure even the support of their own party colleagues. If Councillors had only worked together to present a more creative … Read moreWorking together we could have saved the Donaghadee Big Weekend

Ballyvester Cemetery demands immediate work

In a recent, courageous and heart-breaking Facebook post, Michelle Marshall from Millisle horrified us all with a picture of the state of her child’s grave in Ballyvester Cemetery. I met with Michelle on Tuesday morning and was horrified at the state of the area around her baby’s grave. No mother should see their child’s grave … Read moreBallyvester Cemetery demands immediate work

Walker calls for support to assert Portavo Right of Way

Portavo Right of Way

Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker has launched a campaign to to assert a Portavo Right of Way, urging local people to register their support to protect the treasured local asset. The local councillor made the call after it was revealed access to the reservoir was under threat, after a recent High Court judgement instructed Northern Ireland Water … Read moreWalker calls for support to assert Portavo Right of Way

Portavo Reservoir decision is disappointing

Portavo

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 … Read morePortavo Reservoir decision is disappointing

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