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

Unusually, this post will change as time runs out on the run up to Brexit. So feel free to bookmark this page and visit often. (The following is a speech I presented at Full Council on October 24th requesting that Council support our call for a People’s Vote. It was defeated as the DUP and … Read moreHere’s why I signed the petition calling for a People’s Vote

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

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 … Read moreHelp me Ditch the Bridge from Ards & North Down SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE & THE ASSI

Rainbow Colours to shine after proposal passed at Council Committee

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 … Read moreRainbow Colours to shine after proposal passed at Council Committee

Will you join us to achieve the Green Flag Awards for Ballychrochan Linear Park?

Linear Park

Linear Park is a wonderful asset to our neighbourhood, and I have asked our Environment Department to undertake a study to see what we need do to achieve the coveted Green Flag Award. An important aspect of that Award is community volunteering. So if you – or an organisation you belong to – would like … Read moreWill you join us to achieve the Green Flag Awards for Ballychrochan Linear Park?

Rainbow Colours to shine after proposal passed at Council Committee

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 … Read moreRainbow Colours to shine after proposal passed at Council Committee

Portavo Right of Way one giant step closer

Portavo Right of Way

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 … Read morePortavo Right of Way one giant step closer

Tackling speeding along the B511 into Groomsport

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 … Read moreTackling speeding along the B511 into Groomsport

Councillors folly could bring environmental disaster to coastline and Donaghadee

I have condemned the recent decision of a Council Committee to invite consideration of Donaghadee as the landing site for a bridge joining Northern Ireland to Scotland as a “potential environmental and social disaster for Donaghadee and our Borough.” At the recent meeting of the Council’s Regeneration and Development Committee, DUP and Ulster Unionist Councillors … Read moreCouncillors folly could bring environmental disaster to coastline and Donaghadee

Why I’ve put my hand up for the beach

I was pleased to support a suggestion from Tom Smith that Groomsport residents be consulted on the possibility of our beach becoming an ‘Inclusive Beach’. This means that some work will be carried out to create easy access for people of all abilities.   At this point no decisions have been made on any improvements … Read moreWhy I’ve put my hand up for the beach