Category: Groomsport

Why I’m fed up with inconsiderate dog owners

Why I’m fed up with inconsiderate dog owners

| July 20, 2018 | Reply

I am livid after the actions of irresponsible dog owners who allow their pets to use it as a public toilet, has forced residents in Donaghadee to request the re-siting of the VC Memorial to Lieutenant WD Kenny. The Memorial is based on a template used without issue for all of the many similar VC […]

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Thank you for your support this year

Thank you for your support this year

| June 7, 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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Tackling speeding along the B511 into Groomsport

Tackling speeding along the B511 into Groomsport

| May 10, 2018 | Reply

For years we have been trying to solve the problem of drivers speeding through our village along the B511 and then onto Main Street. Other Councillors and I have written countless times to TransportNI without success asking them to take some action . As you know, the problem is that the 30MPH Zone begins at […]

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Why I’ve put my hand up for the beach

Why I’ve put my hand up for the beach

| March 29, 2018 | Reply

I was pleased to support a suggestion from Tom Smith that Groomsport residents be consulted on the possibility of our beach becoming an ‘Inclusive Beach’. This means that some work will be carried out to create easy access for people of all abilities.   At this point no decisions have been made on any improvements […]

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Youth Council announced for Ards and North Down

Youth Council announced for Ards and North Down

| February 28, 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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Portavo Reservoir decision is disappointing

Portavo Reservoir decision is disappointing

| January 23, 2017 | Reply

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 […]

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Minister must transfer Regeneration Powers to Councils despite DUP protest

Minister must transfer Regeneration Powers to Councils despite DUP protest

| January 6, 2017 | Reply

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 […]

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Are you part of the Big Conversation?

Are you part of the Big Conversation?

| July 7, 2016 | Reply

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 […]

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Make the B511 from Groomsport Roundabout into our village a safe, 30mph road

Make the B511 from Groomsport Roundabout into our village a safe, 30mph road

| July 7, 2016 | Reply

The B511 from the Groomsport Roundabout into our village is a 30mph zone. There is a 30mph sign at the roundabout, but no other ‘reminders’ after that. As a result, many drivers pick up speed as they make their way along the road – and get even faster as they approach our village. This puts […]

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New rules for Ards and North Down recycling centres explained

New rules for Ards and North Down recycling centres explained

| July 7, 2016 | 3 Replies

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 […]

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