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

Walker encourages support for SPAR defibrillator project

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

Why I was unable to support the Bonfire Policy

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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

50mph past Groomsport is OK says Walker

Just to confirm that I accept the PSNI and TransportNI decision that 50mph is the optimum choice of speed for safety on the A2 from Seahaven Park to Groomsport Roundabout. I do not support other Councillors call for DOE to reconsider a 40mph limit. No point in convincing TransportNI professionals to carry out traffic surveys … Read more50mph past Groomsport is OK says Walker

Groomsport By-Pass to be 50mph zone

I’m pleased to say that we have been successful in having TransportNI agree to reducing the speed limit on the section of the Groomsport by-pass from Seahaven Holiday Park to beyond Groomsport Roundabout to 50mph. Residents have been calling for this change for many years, but it was only after I was able to convince TransportNI to … Read moreGroomsport By-Pass to be 50mph zone