Lisburn City Council

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Coordinates: 54°30′40″N 6°02′35″W / 54.511°N 6.043°W / 54.511; -6.043

Lisburn City Council
Geography
Lisburn in Northern Ireland.svg
Area
- Total
Ranked 16th of 26
447 km²
Admin HQ Lisburn
ISO 3166-2 GB-LSB
ONS code 95S
Demographics
Population
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked

/ km²
Community Catholic: 36.5%
Protestant: 55.9%
Politics
Control No overall control
DUP: 14
Sinn Féin: 5
UUP: 5
Alliance Party: 3
SDLP: 3
MLAs Belfast West & Lagan Valley
Sinn Féin: 5
DUP: 4
Alliance Party: 1
SDLP: 1
UUP: 1
MPs Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP)
Paul Maskey (SF)
William McCrea (DUP)
Meeting place
Website
http://www.lisburncity.gov.uk

Lisburn City Council is a district council covering an area partly in County Antrim and partly in County Down in Northern Ireland. The council is the second largest in the Belfast Metropolitan Area. Council headquarters are in the city of Lisburn, upon which was conferred city status in May 2002 as a result of the council's success in the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee competition. It is the second-largest council area in Northern Ireland with 120,165 residents according to the 2011 census and an area of 174 square miles (450 km2) of south-west Antrim and north-west Down. It stretches from Glenavy and Dundrod in the north to Dromara and Hillsborough in the south and from Drumbo in the east to Moira and Aghalee in the west.

The council area consists of five electoral areas: Downshire, Dunmurry Cross, Killultagh, Lisburn Town North and Lisburn Town South. It has 30 councillors, last elected in 2011. The current composition is: 14 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 5 Sinn Féin, 3 Alliance Party and 3 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). The Mayor for the 2012-2013 term is Councillor William Leathem (DUP).

For elections to the Westminster Parliament, the council area is split between the Lagan Valley constituency, Belfast West and South Antrim constituencies.[1]

Constituent cities, towns and villages[edit]

  1. Aghalee
  2. Annahilt
  3. Dunmurry
  4. Drumbo
  5. Dromara
  6. Glenavy
  7. Hillsborough
  8. Lisburn
  9. Maghaberry
  10. Moira

Summary of seats won 1973-2011[edit]

1973 1977 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2011
Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) 14 9 8 13 15 16 13 13 7 5
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) 4 6 10 8 5 3 2 5 13 14
Alliance (APNI) 3 3 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 3
Vanguard (VUPP) 1
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) 1 1 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3
United Ulster Unionist Party (UUUP) 2 1
Sinn Féin (SF) 2 2 3 4 4 4 5
Independent Conservative (IndCon) 1
Northern Ireland Conservatives (Con) 1 1
Ulster Democratic Party (UDP) 1 2 1
Independent Unionist (IU) 1 2 1
Independent 1

Notes: The independent elected in 1997 was Hugh Lewsley, a former SDLP councillor. William Beattie was elected as a "Protestant Unionist" in 1997, but is tallied as an Independent Unionist above. New legislation introduced for the 2001 elections required candidates to register party names for these to appear on the ballot paper, this also made it impossible for candidates to stand as Independent Unionist. The UDP missed the deadline for registration and their candidate, party leader Gary McMichael, was elected as an independent. The other candidate elected as an independent in 2001, described himself as a Unionist on the council website.[2]

Source: ARK accessed 13 January 2013

2011 Election results[edit]

2011 saw the continued advancement of the DUP and Sinn Féin within the council Area. In Downshire, the DUP picked up a seat from the UUP, and in Dunmurry Cross, Sinn Féin gained from the SDLP. However the SDLP loss was compensated by changing demographics in the Lisburn Town North DEA, where the SDLP took a seat for the first time. There were no changes in the Killutagh or Lisburn Town South DEAs. The election saw the DUP return all their candidates with the exception of Ben Mallon, a local student standing in Lisburn North.

Party seats change +/-
Democratic Unionist Party 14 +1
Ulster Unionist Party 5 -2
Sinn Féin 5 +1
Social Democratic and Labour Party 3 =
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 3 =
Independent 0 =

Mayors of Lisburn[edit]

Review of Public Administration[edit]

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council was due to merge with Castlereagh Borough Council in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 540 km² and a population of 175,182.[3] An 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.[4] The introduction of the new councils was subsequently postponed until 2015.

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