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

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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

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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

Proposal to move Donaghadee Post Office – consultation opens

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  It is proposed to move the Post Office in Donaghadee from its present premises at the Corner Shop, New Street to the EuroSpar at Moat Street. While this will provide a new facility with slightly better opening hours, we are concerned that the loss of the Post Office from the centre of the town will … Read moreProposal to move Donaghadee Post Office – consultation opens

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

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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

Councillors are really fit for office thanks to Donaghadee outdoor gym!

It was a pleasure to work with Mark Brooks and others to bring the new Donaghadee outdoor gym  to the Commons in Donaghadee. And even better to see it being used by so many local people already! This new Donaghadee outdoor gym at the Commons is a great way for us all to improve our fitness levels. … Read moreCouncillors are really fit for office thanks to Donaghadee outdoor gym!