Gavin supports call to keep Groomsport & Donaghadee beautiful!

After the problems with litter in Donaghadee and Bangor at Easter, I am supporting the call for a Borough-wide Spring Clean initiative. Donaghadee & Groomsport are popular destinations for visitors over bank holidays and we need to ensure that they, along with the residents and businesses, can be assured outstanding and litter-free towns. That’s why I … Read moreGavin supports call to keep Groomsport & Donaghadee beautiful!

Unionists and Green Party show lack of economic ambition

Readers will be disappointed to learn that Unionists and the Green Party have showed their lack of ambition for the economic development of the Borough last evening by voting against my Motion to encourage the new Ards and North Down Council to embrace and prepare for the imminent arrival of Corporation Tax in 2017. The Northern Ireland … Read moreUnionists and Green Party show lack of economic ambition

Gavin Walker looks forward to re-imagining local economy

The ‘starting gun’ on the new Ards and North Down Council is ready to be fired on April 1st and Gavin Walker is looking forward to actively representing every citizen of the Borough, and particularly those in Bangor East and Donaghadee, for the next four years. Recently voted onto the Planning Committee, the Regeneration Committee … Read moreGavin Walker looks forward to re-imagining local economy

Translink bus service from Bangor to Donagahadee: update

I met with the manager of the Translink depot in Bangor today (Tuesday 23 March) and he answered a number of questions for me which I thought would be of interest to those who use the Bangor – Ballywalter (3c Service) or the Donaghdee-Bloomfield Loop bus (303A Service). These are the only two bus services … Read moreTranslink bus service from Bangor to Donagahadee: update

President Clinton’s ideas inform new Council thinking

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The type of community involvement endorsed by President Clinton underpins a “brains trust” scheme which Ards and North Down Borough Council will be the first to use in Northern Ireland aimed at giving ratepayers a unique opportunity to influence what the council does. The Council has asked Officers to present a report on how the “Innovation Lab” project “would enable … Read morePresident Clinton’s ideas inform new Council thinking

We should not allow the Conscience Clause to become law

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The Conscience Clause presently being considered by Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan, DUP states that businesses could refuse service where someone feels they are required to “endorse a same-sex sexual relationship in violation of his/her faith identity.” This means that a gay couple could be refused the rental of a house or be kicked out … Read moreWe should not allow the Conscience Clause to become law

Young people to be at heart of policy making in North Down & Ards

Last night I succeeded in bringing the voice of young people in the District into the Council chamber when my Motion to engage young people in the development of policy on issues of relevance to young people was passed unanimously. As a Council we have set ourselves the mission of making North Down & Ards a … Read moreYoung people to be at heart of policy making in North Down & Ards

50mph past Groomsport is OK says Walker

Just to confirm that I accept the PSNI and TransportNI decision that 50mph is the optimum choice of speed for safety on the A2 from Seahaven Park to Groomsport Roundabout. I do not support other Councillors call for DOE to reconsider a 40mph limit. No point in convincing TransportNI professionals to carry out traffic surveys … Read more50mph past Groomsport is OK says Walker

North Down and Ards Shadow Council prepares to innovate

Innovation and local government might not be two concepts often combined in the same thought. But that could all change as the new North Down and Ards Shadow Council is set to put qualified local people at the centre of policy-making, after Councillors unanimously supported a proposal to be the first local authority in Northern … Read moreNorth Down and Ards Shadow Council prepares to innovate

Groomsport By-Pass to be 50mph zone

I’m pleased to say that we have been successful in having TransportNI agree to reducing the speed limit on the section of the Groomsport by-pass from Seahaven Holiday Park to beyond Groomsport Roundabout to 50mph. Residents have been calling for this change for many years, but it was only after I was able to convince TransportNI to … Read moreGroomsport By-Pass to be 50mph zone