Craigavon Borough Council

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Coordinates: 54°27′40″N 6°23′53″W / 54.461°N 6.398°W / 54.461; -6.398

Craigavon Borough
Craigavon Borough Council Coat of Arms.jpg Logo Craigavon Borough Council.gif
Geography
Craigavon in Northern Ireland.svg
Area
- Total
Ranked 19th of 26
378 km²
Admin HQ Craigavon
ISO 3166-2 GB-CGV
ONS code 95N
Demographics
Population
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked 5th
93,600
247 / km²
Community Catholic: 45.9%
Protestant: 48%
Politics
Control No overall control
DUP: 9
Sinn Féin: 8
UUP: 6
SDLP: 2
Alliance: 1
MLAs DUP: 2
UUP: 2
Sinn Féin: 1
SDLP: 1
MPs David Simpson (DUP)
Meeting place
Craigavon (01), September 2009.JPG Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre
Website
http://www.craigavon.gov.uk

Craigavon Borough Council is a local council in counties Armagh, Down and Antrim, in Northern Ireland. The headquarters of the council is in Craigavon, on the shores of Lough Neagh, a new town built between Lurgan and Portadown. The council area includes the large towns of Lurgan and Portadown, as well as smaller ones including Waringstown and Donaghcloney. The council budget of £15.5 million provides a wide range of services to the 93,023 people living in the area.

The council area consists of four electoral areas – Central, Loughside, Lurgan and Portadown – in which 26 councillors are elected every four years. The council holds an annual meeting in June, at which a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected. Parties elected in 2011 were Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) nine seats, Sinn Féin eight, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) six, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) four, and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland one. The Mayor for the 2011/2012 year is DUP Councillor Alan Carson, and his Deputy is George Savage of the UUP. The last election was due to take place in May 2009, but on 25 April 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011.[1] The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the most recent district council elections took place in May 2011[2]

Together with part of the district of Banbridge, it forms the Upper Bann constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

Summary of seats won 1973–2011[edit]

1973 1977 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2011
Ulster Unionist (UUP) 11 10 9 11 12 10 11 8 6 6
Alliance (APNI) 4 3 1 2 2 1 1
Vanguard (VUPP) 4
Democratic Unionist (DUP) 3 4 7 6 4 4 3 6 9 9
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) 2 6 5 5 6 6 7 7 4 2
Independent Nationalist (IN) 1 2
United Ulster Unionist (UUUP) 1 1
Workers' Party (WP) 1 2 2 1 1
Sinn Féin (SF) 2 1 2 2 4 6 8
Independent Unionist (IU) 1 1 1

Note: The Workers' Party were known as The Republican Clubs in 1977 and Workers Party Republican Clubs in 1981.

Source: [1]

Mayor of Craigavon[edit]

Year Name Political affiliation Deputy Deputy's affiliation
1973–75 Joseph A. Johnston UUP James McCammick Vanguard
1975–76 James McCammick Vanguard Tom Creith UUP
1976–77 Tom Creith UUP Herbert Whitten UUP
1977–78 Sydney Cairns UUP Brian T. English Alliance
1978–79 Herbert Whitten UUP David Calvert DUP
1979–80 Alan Locke UUP James McDonald SDLP
1980–81 Frank Dale UUP Sean Hagan Alliance
1981–82 Mary Simpson UUP David Calvert DUP
1982–83 Sam Gardiner UUP James Gillespie UUP
1983–84 James Gillespie UUP Frederick Baird DUP
1984–85 Arnold Hatch UUP Patrick J. Crilly SDLP
1985–87 George Savage UUP James Gillespie UUP
1987–88 Sydney Cairns UUP Arnold Hatch UUP
1988–89 Sam Gardiner UUP James McCammick UUP
1989–91 James McCammick UUP Joy Savage, then
Joe Trueman
UUP
1991–92 Joe Trueman UUP Fred Crowe UUP
1992–93 Fred Crowe UUP Sam Lutton UUP
1993–94 Joy Savage UUP Ruth Allen DUP
1994–95 Brian Maguinness UUP Sean McKavanagh SDLP
1995–96 Meta Crozier UUP Hugh Casey SDLP
Independent Labour
1996 – Dec 96 Hugh Casey Independent Labour Sam Lutton UUP
Dec 1996 – 97 Sam Lutton UUP Hugh Casey Independent Labour
1998–99 Mervyn Carrick DUP Dolores Kelly SDLP
1999–00 Dolores Kelly SDLP Fred Crowe UUP
2000–01 Fred Crowe UUP Mark Neale UUP
2001–02 Sam Gardiner UUP Jonathan Bell DUP
2002–03 Jonathan Bell DUP Sydney Anderson DUP
2003–04 Ignatius Fox SDLP David Simpson DUP
2004–05 David Simpson DUP Ignatius Fox SDLP
2005–06 George Savage UUP Robert Smith DUP
2006–07 Kenneth Twyble UUP Mary McAlinden SDLP
2007–08 Robert Smith DUP Kenneth Twyble UUP
2008–09 Sydney Anderson DUP Arnold Hatch UUP
2009–10 Meta Crozier UUP Philip Weir DUP
2010–11 Stephen Moutray DUP Kieran Corr Independent
2011–12 Alan Carson DUP George Savage UUP
2012–13 Carla Lockhart DUP Arnold Hatch UUP
2013–14 Mark Baxter DUP Colin McCusker UUP
2014– Colin McCusker UUP Catherine Seeley Sinn Féin

Source: Freedom of Information request to Craigavon Borough Council

Current Council[edit]

Name Party
Jonathan Buckley DUP
Phil Moutray DUP
Robert Smith DUP
Mark Baxter DUP
Margaret Tinsley DUP
Alan Carson DUP
Darryn Causby DUP
Gladys McCullough DUP
Carla Lockhart DUP
Catherine Seeley Sinn Féin
Mark O'Dowd Sinn Féin
Liam Mackle Sinn Féin
Mairead O'Dowd Sinn Féin
Paul Duffy Sinn Féin
Gemma McKenna Sinn Féin
Thomas O'Connor Sinn Féin
Noel McGeown Sinn Féin
George Savage UUP
Arnold Hatch UUP
Ronald Harkness UUP
Colin McCusker UUP
Meta Crozier UUP
Kenneth Twyble UUP
Declan McAlinden SDLP
Joseph Nelson SDLP
Conrad Dixon Alliance

Council services[edit]

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