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
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
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
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?
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 … Read moreMake the B511 from Groomsport Roundabout into our village a safe, 30mph road
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
If you walk around Groomsport many mornings from now during the summer, you will know that visitors are very good about putting their rubbish in our many litter bins. Unfortunately, seagulls are just as good at taking it out again! The mess (like the one in the picture below taken on Main St in Groomsport) … Read moreNew litter bins to put seagulls in a flap
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
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
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!