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

Youth Council announced for Ards and North Down

I am thrilled to be able to pass on the news that The Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) has been tasked by the Ards and North Down PEACE IV Partnership to set up the ‘Capacity Building & Youth Leadership Programme’. Young people in Ards and North Down are being urged to take part in a … Read moreYouth Council announced for Ards and North Down

Peace IV can make dreams come true

Along with Cllr Richard Smart, I am pleased to be a Champion of the Cross Community Intercultural Theatre project. This programme is aimed at building a greater awareness of cultural diversity, understanding and cohesion between communities. The programme which will be delivered by Terra Nova Productions, Northern Ireland’s only professional intercultural theatre company to stage a … Read morePeace IV can make dreams come true

Working together we could have saved the Donaghadee Big Weekend

At the January Council Meeting a misjudged attempt to bounce Ards and North Down Borough Council into funding the Donaghadee Big Weekend to the tune of £30,000 fell as the proposer and seconder failed to secure even the support of their own party colleagues. If Councillors had only worked together to present a more creative … Read moreWorking together we could have saved the Donaghadee Big Weekend

Ballyvester Cemetery demands immediate work

In a recent, courageous and heart-breaking Facebook post, Michelle Marshall from Millisle horrified us all with a picture of the state of her child’s grave in Ballyvester Cemetery. I met with Michelle on Tuesday morning and was horrified at the state of the area around her baby’s grave. No mother should see their child’s grave … Read moreBallyvester Cemetery demands immediate work