Category: News & Views

Unionists deny Ards and North Down residents have a right to a People’s Vote

Unionists deny Ards and North Down residents have a right to a People’s Vote

| October 9, 2018 | Reply

I was disappointed, but not surprised the idea of a People’s Vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations failed to garner enough support from other Ards and North Down Councillors with the DUP and UUP uniting to deny that we have a right to determine our own future. Yet again Ards and North Down […]

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Walker welcomes important step to Moat restoration

Walker welcomes important step to Moat restoration

| October 8, 2018 | Reply

As Chair of the Donaghadee Town Steering Group I am thrilled about the Council’s decision to grant planning application to regenerate The Moat. The applications success will allow the retention of its iconic status within the town while adding it to Donaghadee’s growing tourism offering. This decision to grant planning permission to improve the surrounding […]

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Disappointment as Council votes down proposal to support LGBT Community

Disappointment as Council votes down proposal to support LGBT Community

| September 28, 2018 | Reply

I am disappointed to have to report that your Council  – led by the DUP – chose to vote down our proposal to light Ards Town hall in Rainbow Colours on Pride Day. We did receive a lot of wonderful support from across the Chamber as you will hear in this audio clip, but some […]

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Here’s why I signed the petition calling for a People’s Vote

Here’s why I signed the petition calling for a People’s Vote

| September 21, 2018 | Reply

Unusually, this post will change as time runs out on the run up to Brexit. So feel free to bookmark the page on the People’s Vote, visit often, and let me know what you think.   In June 2016 the UK voted to leave the EU by a small margin. Here in Northern Ireland, we […]

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Help me Ditch the Bridge from Ards & North Down SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE & THE ASSI

Help me Ditch the Bridge from Ards & North Down SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE & THE ASSI

| September 17, 2018 | Reply

It is now official Ards & North Down Borough Council policy to engage with the Scottish government to land a bridge linking Scotland and Northern Ireland ‘somewhere on the coast’ of our Borough (although nobody will say where!) Please click here to sign the petition and send a message to Councillors that you want to […]

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Rainbow Colours to shine after proposal passed at Council Committee

Rainbow Colours to shine after proposal passed at Council Committee

| September 17, 2018 | Reply

My Ards and North Down Alliance Councillor colleague Andrew Muir and I have welcomed a recent decision by an Ards and North Down Borough Council Committee to back our proposal affirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people be accepted and valued as equal citizens with Ards Town Hall to be lit up in Rainbow […]

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Portavo Right of Way one giant step closer

Portavo Right of Way one giant step closer

| August 17, 2018 | Reply

We have secured the final piece of evidence required to trigger the process of asserting a Public Right of Way at the Portavo Reservoir, a move which will ensure public access to the much-loved location for generations to come. While some potential roadblocks remain, I am confident the formal assertion of the Right of Way at the […]

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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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