NI Water info event on Donaghadee flood alleviation scheme

After a long wait and a lot of difficulties for local residents, NI Water is scheduled to commence work on an essential flood alleviation scheme at the end of July 2015 in order to upgrade the sewerage network within the Donaghadee area. The work will be carried out in the vicinity of the High Bangor … Read moreNI Water info event on Donaghadee flood alleviation scheme

Why I was unable to support the Bonfire Policy

bonfire policy

The Alliance Party – along with all other Council members – is united in our desire to create a positive atmosphere to develop the festival aspect of the July 11th celebrations. However, the Council’s Cultural Expressions Policy (Bonfire Policy) has to achieve a number of Bonfire Policy goals. One is that the Bonfire Planning Committees are supported … Read moreWhy I was unable to support the Bonfire Policy

Gavin supports call to keep Groomsport & Donaghadee beautiful!

After the problems with litter in Donaghadee and Bangor at Easter, I am supporting the call for a Borough-wide Spring Clean initiative. Donaghadee & Groomsport are popular destinations for visitors over bank holidays and we need to ensure that they, along with the residents and businesses, can be assured outstanding and litter-free towns. That’s why I … Read moreGavin supports call to keep Groomsport & Donaghadee beautiful!

Unionists and Green Party show lack of economic ambition

Readers will be disappointed to learn that Unionists and the Green Party have showed their lack of ambition for the economic development of the Borough last evening by voting against my Motion to encourage the new Ards and North Down Council to embrace and prepare for the imminent arrival of Corporation Tax in 2017. The Northern Ireland … Read moreUnionists and Green Party show lack of economic ambition

Translink bus service from Bangor to Donagahadee: update

I met with the manager of the Translink depot in Bangor today (Tuesday 23 March) and he answered a number of questions for me which I thought would be of interest to those who use the Bangor – Ballywalter (3c Service) or the Donaghdee-Bloomfield Loop bus (303A Service). These are the only two bus services … Read moreTranslink bus service from Bangor to Donagahadee: update

Young people to be at heart of policy making in North Down & Ards

Last night I succeeded in bringing the voice of young people in the District into the Council chamber when my Motion to engage young people in the development of policy on issues of relevance to young people was passed unanimously. As a Council we have set ourselves the mission of making North Down & Ards a … Read moreYoung people to be at heart of policy making in North Down & Ards

Donaghadee Ulster Bank guarantees continued service

Donaghadee Ulster Ban

After the announcement that Donaghadee Ulster Bank branch is to close in February, I arranged for a a delegation of representatives from the town -including the Donaghadee Commerce and Development Group –  to meet with a team from Ulster Bank Management to discuss service provision post-closure. While the Bank team confirmed that the decision to … Read moreDonaghadee Ulster Bank guarantees continued service