Category: News & Views

Is it time to consider a casino for Bangor?

Is it time to consider a casino for Bangor?

| November 24, 2016 | Reply

I’ve put in a Notice of Motion for Council to consult widely on what you think about the idea of looking at bringing a Casino and Entertainment Centre similar to the one pictured which is in Milton Keynes, to Bangor. With the potential of bringing 900 hospitality-based jobs to our town plus the impetus of […]

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Join Alliance: because you embrace diversity too

Join Alliance: because you embrace diversity too

| November 24, 2016 | Reply

Building a shared society is the biggest single challenge facing Northern Ireland and should be the central over-arching priority for the NI Executive. Quite simply, we will not achieve what we want for Northern Ireland – economically and socially – if we don’t address this critical issue. But we won’t do this by tinkering around […]

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The facts of the Van Ban Debate

The facts of the Van Ban Debate

| September 7, 2016 | Reply

At a recent Council meeting I voted against a Motion to rescind the most comprehensive and coherent environmental waste policy the Council had brought forward in the two years of existence. I’ve been asked why I voted that way –  so here is a full explanation of the issue. Ards and North Down Council recently […]

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Proposal to move Donaghadee Post Office – consultation opens

Proposal to move Donaghadee Post Office – consultation opens

| July 20, 2016 | 7 Replies

  It is proposed to move the Post Office in Donaghadee from its present premises at the Corner Shop, New Street to the EuroSpar at Moat Street. While this will provide a new facility with slightly better opening hours, we are concerned that the loss of the Post Office from the centre of the town will […]

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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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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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New litter bins to put seagulls in a flap

New litter bins to put seagulls in a flap

| May 19, 2016 | Reply

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) […]

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Donaghadee gears up for the Big Weekend

Donaghadee gears up for the Big Weekend

| March 9, 2016 | Reply

Bill Keery and Mark Brooks joined with Gavin Walker to help launch Donaghadee’s Big Weekend Following a £2.4M town centre transformation, Gavin Walker is ready to send of a ricket to tell everybody that Donaghadee is ready to showcase what is has to offer with its new look town. Calling everyone to head to Donaghadee […]

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Walker encourages response to Celebration, Not Demarcation consultation

Walker encourages response to Celebration, Not Demarcation consultation

| January 25, 2016 | Reply

Today we’ve launched a consultation entitled Celebration, Not Demarcation, with the intention of helping to resolve the ongoing problems around the unofficial display of flags in public spaces.   I believe people have the right to fly legal flags in order to celebrate and commemorate lawful events. However, their unofficial and aggressive display is often […]

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Bangor Academy set record straight with Young Enterprise Award!

Bangor Academy set record straight with Young Enterprise Award!

| December 4, 2015 | Reply

Young Enterprise Chief Executive Carol Fitzsimons and Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker congratulate the Bangor Academy Team, Another Man’s Treasure Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker was thrilled to be able to present the runners up award to the Bangor Academy team who competed with some of Northern Ireland’s leading young entrepreneurs at the Young Enterprise Big Market […]

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