Antrim (borough)

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Antrim Borough
Geography
Antrim in Northern Ireland.svg
Area
- Total
Ranked 11th of 26
577 km²
Admin HQ Antrim
ISO 3166-2 GB-ANT
ONS code 95T
Demographics
Population
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked 16th
54,100
94 / km²
Community Catholic: 41.2%
Protestant: 50.5%
Politics
Control No overall control
MLAs DUP: 3
Alliance Party: 1
Sinn Féin: 1
UUP: 1
MPs William McCrea (DUP)
Meeting place
Antrim Civic Centre
Website
http://www.antrim.gov.uk

Antrim (named after the town of Antrim) is a local government district in Northern Ireland. It is one of twenty-six districts created in 1973, and was granted borough status on 9 May 1977.[1] The borough covers an area of some 220 square miles (570 km2) and has a population of 53,428 according to the 2011 census. It is situated about 19 miles (31 km) north-west of Belfast. It borders the north and east shores of Lough Neagh, the largest fresh water lake in the United Kingdom, and includes the towns of Antrim, Toomebridge, Crumlin, Randalstown, Parkgate and Templepatrick. The council headquarters are located on the outskirts of Antrim town. Although the borough is not within the Belfast Metropolitan Area, it houses the city's international airport and many commuter villages.

Borough council[edit]

The borough is sub-divided into three electoral areas: Antrim South-East, Antrim North-West and Antrim Town, from which 19 members were elected. As of February 2011, the following political parties are represented: 5 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 3 Sinn Féin, 3 Alliance Party, 2 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)and 1 Traditional Unionist Voice.[2] An election is held every four years using the proportional representation system.

A mayor and deputy mayor are elected from among the councillors at the borough council's annual meeting in June. For the civic year 2012/2013 the Mayor of Antrim is Roy Thompson (DUP) and the Deputy Mayor was Roderick Swann (UUP).[3]

Economy[edit]

The economy of the area revolves around construction, distribution, transport and hospitality. It has a well-developed transport infrastructure that provides easy access to all the main external gateways for Northern Ireland and all parts of the region. Antrim Town lies on two of the main transport corridors, the Belfast – Derry corridor and the Southern corridor. Belfast International Airport is located within the borough, only 4 miles (6.4 km) from Antrim town.

Parliamentary representation[edit]

Together with part of the districts of Newtownabbey and Lisburn, it forms the South Antrim constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Letters Patent bearing date the 9th day of May, 1977, have passed the Great Seal of Northern Ireland, granting a Charter of Incorporation to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Antrim." The Belfast Gazette: no. 3410. p. 359. 13 May 1977.
  2. ^ "The Council". Antrim Borough Council. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Antrim Borough Council". Retrieved 19 June 2012. 

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Coordinates: 54°43′37″N 6°12′36″W / 54.727°N 6.210°W / 54.727; -6.210