Category: News & Views

Supporting Action Mental Health

Supporting Action Mental Health

| October 13, 2017 | Reply

I enjoyed a great morning with the clients of Action Mental Health New Horizons in Newtownards as we kicked-off their exhibition of painting, photography and glass art. So much talent in the room and the exhibition is open for viewing for the next two weeks. If your passing Ards Arts Centre, please drop in and […]

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There’s money in the sale of sponsorships and advertising for Borough residents

There’s money in the sale of sponsorships and advertising for Borough residents

| July 17, 2017 | Reply

I have asked Council officers to look at the possibility of increasing revenue to Council with the sale of sponsorships and advertising. With a fleet of vehicles on the road, a quarterly magazine delivered to every door in the Borough, a website that attracts thousands of hits every month, and a calendar of events that […]

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Blue Bins and Glass Recycling explained

Blue Bins and Glass Recycling explained

| April 21, 2017 | Reply

Ards & North Down Borough Council continues to be committed to recycling and over the coming months you will have the opportunity to have your recyclable glass collected from your home. Please click here to download information on this new service

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Walker welcomes first step to restortation of The Moat Donaghadee

Walker welcomes first step to restortation of The Moat Donaghadee

| March 17, 2017 | Reply

As Chair of the Donaghadee Town Steering Group Councillor, I have welcomed the Council’s decision to lodge a planning application to regenerate The Moat Donaghadee. The applications success would allow the retention of its iconic status within the town while adding it to Donaghadee’s growing tourism offering. This decision to apply for planning permission to […]

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Why Council should be given Regeneration powers

Why Council should be given Regeneration powers

| March 9, 2017 | Reply

When it was agreed to undertake the reform of Local Government in Northern Ireland reducing the 26 Councils to 11, it was understood that the three core powers of planning, economic development and economic regeneration would be transferred from regional to Local Government. These, coupled with a statutory requirement for Local Government to engage with […]

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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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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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