Newtownabbey Borough Council

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Newtownabbey Borough
Geography
Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland.svg
Area
- Total
Ranked 22nd of 26
151 km²
Admin HQ Newtownabbey
ISO 3166-2 GB-NTA
ONS code 95U
Demographics
Population
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked 6th
83,600
555 / km²
Community Catholic: 22.6%
Protestant: 67.8%
Politics
Control No overall control
DUP: 12
Alliance Party: 5
UUP: 5
Sinn Féin: 2
SDLP: 1
MLAs Belfast North, East Antrim & South Antrim
DUP: 9
Sinn Féin: 4
SDLP: 1
UUP: 2
Alliance Party: 2
MPs Nigel Dodds (DUP)
William McCrea (DUP)
Sammy Wilson (DUP)
Meeting place
Newtownabbey Borough Council (01), September 2009.JPG Newtownabbey Borough Council Headquarters, Mossley Mill
Website
http://www.newtownabbey.gov.uk

Newtownabbey Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Newtownabbey has a population of 85,139 according to the 2011 census and is on the north shore of Belfast Lough just immediately north of Belfast. Newtownabbey was founded in 1958 as a result of an Act of Parliament passed in 1957[citation needed] and comprises large urban residential areas along with traditional farming communities. Its major industries include electronics, software and telecommunications development and agriculture. Council headquarters are at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey. Towns within the area include Ballyclare and Glengormley. The University of Ulster at Jordanstown is also in the Council area.

The Newtownabbey Borough Council area consists of 4 electoral areas: Antrim Line, Macedon, University and Ballyclare. At the 2011 elections 25 members were elected from the following political parties: 12 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 5 Alliance Party, 1 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and 2 Sinn Féin. At the Annual General Meeting of the Council on the first Monday in June each year the Mayor is elected and becomes the first citizen of the Borough. The Mayor of Newtownabbey for 2011/2012 is Alderman Billy Webb (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) and the Deputy Mayor is Alderman Victor Robinson (DUP).[1]

In elections for the Westminster Parliament it is split between the East Antrim constituency, the South Antrim constituency and the North Belfast constituency.

See Also: Local Councils in Northern Ireland

Elections[edit]

When first created for the 1973 local elections, the council consisted of four electoral areas, named A, B, C and D, which elected 21 councillors. For the 1985 local elections, the number of electoral areas was increased to five: Manse Road, Doagh Road, Shore Road, Antrim Line and Ballyclare, each of which elected five councillors. Boundary changes again took effect for the 1993 local elections. The Doagh Road area, centred around Rathcoole was reduced from five to four wards. Consequently it gained the Whiteabbey and Cloughfern wards from the Shore Road district to form the new Macedon district. The Antrim Line district gained the Burnthill ward from the Manse Road district and the Mallusk ward from the Ballyclare district (which had gained a ward in the boundary changes.) The remaining seven wards of the Manse Road and Shore Road districts were combined to form the University district. In relation to the 1973–1981 districts, Ballyclare is similar to Area A, Macedon to Area B, University to Area C and Antrim Line to Area D.

Summary of seats won 1973–2011[edit]

1973 1977 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2011
Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) 9 8 9 10 11 10 10 9 6 5
Alliance (APNI) 3 6 3 2 4 4 3 1 2 5
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) 3 4 5 9 6 5 2 8 12 12
Independent Unionist (IU) 3 3 2 2 4 3 1
Loyalist (Loy) 2 1
Labour 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
Unionist Party of Northern Ireland (UPNI) 1
Independent (Ind) 1 1
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) 1 1 1 2 1 1
Newtownabbey Ratepayers' Association (NRA) 2 1 1
Ulster Democratic Party (UDP) 1 1
Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) 1
Sinn Féin (SF) 1 1 2
United Unionist Coalition (UUC) 1 1

Results for Labour are those for Robert Kidd and Mark Langhammer. Kidd was elected for the Northern Ireland Labour Party in 1973, as Independent Labour in 1977, for the Newtownabbey Labour Party in 1981, 1985 and 1997 and for Labour '87 in 1989. Langhammer was elected as Labour in 1993, 1997 and as an independent in 2001, though describing himself as "Labour" on the council website.[2]

Source: [3]

2011 Election results[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Democratic Unionist Party 12 =
Ulster Unionist Party 5 -1
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 5 +3
Sinn Féin 2 +1
Social Democratic and Labour Party 1 =
Newtownabbey Ratepayers Association 0 -1
United Unionist Coalition 0 -1
Independent 0 -1

2005 Election results[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Democratic Unionist Party 12 +4
Ulster Unionist Party 6 -3
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 2 +1
Sinn Féin 1 =
Social Democratic and Labour Party 1 -1
Newtownabbey Ratepayers Association 1 =
United Unionist Coalition 1 =
Independent 1 -1
Floral sculpture on a roundabout in the borough showing a 3D representation of Newtownabbey Borough Council's logo

Mayors[edit]

1977 – 78: Sidney Cameron, Ulster Unionist Party
1978 – 80: Arthur Templeton, Ulster Unionist Party
1980 – 81: J. Smith, Democratic Unionist Party
1981 – 82: C. W. Stringer, Ulster Unionist Party
1982 – 83: Clifford Forsythe, Ulster Unionist Party
1983 – 86: Leslie Caul, Ulster Unionist Party
1986 – 87: George Herron, Independent Unionist
1987 – 89: J. Smith, Democratic Unionist Party
1989 – 90: George Herron, Independent Unionist
1990 – 91: Fraser Agnew, Ulster Unionist Party
1991 – 92: Ken Robinson, Ulster Unionist Party
1992 – 93: Arthur Templeton, Independent Unionist
1993 – 94: Arthur Kell, Ulster Unionist Party
1994 – 95: J. Robinson, Ulster Unionist Party
1995 – 96: Andrew Beattie, Ulster Unionist Party
1996 – 97: Billy Snoddy, Democratic Unionist Party
1997 – 99: Edward Crilly, Ulster Unionist Party
1999 – 00: Jim Bingham, Ulster Unionist Party
2000 – 02: Vera McWilliam, Ulster Unionist Party
2002 – 04: Paul Girvan, Democratic Unionist Party
2004 – 05: Ted Turkington, Ulster Unionist Party
2005 – 06: Billy DeCourcy, Democratic Unionist Party
2006 – 07: Lynn Frazer, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
2007 – 08: Nigel Hamilton, Democratic Unionist Party
2008 – 09: Victor Robinson, Democratic Unionist Party
2009 – 10: John Scott, Ulster Unionist Party
2010 – 11: Paula Bradley, Democratic Unionist Party
2011 – 12: Billy Webb, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
2012 – 13: Victor Robinson, Democratic Unionist Party
2013 – 14: Fraser Agnew, Ulster Unionist Party

Review of Public Administration[edit]

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the district was due to merge with Antrim Borough in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 572 km² and a population of 128,361.[4] The next 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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mayor's Office". Newtownabbey Borough Council. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  2. ^ see footnote on designations on the ARK website in the reference below
  3. ^ Northern Ireland elections site, ARK, accessed 5 January 2012
  4. ^ "Minister Foster announces decisions on Local Government Reform". DoE. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008

External links[edit]

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