Council vote against equality is disappointing

My Motion calling for Ards & North Down Council to support a call to extend civil marriage provisions to same sex couples was debated in full Council last evening. In my speech I reminded Councillors that we had agreed from the outset that we wanted to create a Borough in which every citizen was equally valued -without … Read moreCouncil vote against equality is disappointing

Equal Marriage: I don’t believe we want to live in a ‘discriminatory backwater’

Gavin Walker lodges Motion calling for Council to support Equal Marriage In the aftermath of the overwhelming support by the people in the Republic of Ireland for the referendum on Equal Marriage, Amnesty International has referred to Northern Ireland as a ‘discriminatory backwater’ as it is the only small corner of the United Kingdom which denies same-sex couples the right to … Read moreEqual Marriage: I don’t believe we want to live in a ‘discriminatory backwater’

Bangor Grammarian’s Glittering Gala Ball

As a past-pupil of the school, I’m happy to help promote this year’s Gala Ball. See you there! Bangor Grammar School has a long and distinguished history with international sporting legends, politicians, leading businessmen, writers, and medics among those proud to call themselves Grammarians. This year, the Parent Teacher Association will be celebrating this legacy … Read moreBangor Grammarian’s Glittering Gala Ball

Why I was unable to support the Bonfire Policy

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The Alliance Party – along with all other Council members – is united in our desire to create a positive atmosphere to develop the festival aspect of the July 11th celebrations. However, the Council’s Cultural Expressions Policy (Bonfire Policy) has to achieve a number of Bonfire Policy goals. One is that the Bonfire Planning Committees are supported … Read moreWhy I was unable to support the Bonfire Policy

Weed-buster Campaign to launch May 8

I called TransportNI today (April 21) to investigate the possibility of replacing dangerously broken footpaths in Plantation Road only to be told that there was ‘no budget for that’. The next question was to ask about removal of weeds that are gradually taking over the footpaths and are probably contributing to their breakup. Guess what – … Read moreWeed-buster Campaign to launch May 8

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