North Down Borough Council

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Coordinates: 54°37′34″N 5°40′23″W / 54.626°N 5.673°W / 54.626; -5.673

North Down Borough
Sign bearing North Down Borough Council logo
North Down in Northern Ireland.svg
- Total
Ranked 26th of 26
81 km²
Admin HQ Bangor
ISO 3166-2 GB-NDN
ONS code 95W
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked 7th
980 / km²
Community Catholic: 13.5%
Protestant: 73.2%
Control No overall control
DUP: 10
Alliance Party: 6
UUP: 4
Independent: 3
Green Party: 1
Alliance Party: 1
Green Party: 1
UUP: 1
MPs Sylvia Hermon (Independent)
Meeting place

North Down Borough Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. It is set to merge with Ards Borough Council in May 2015 under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland to become North Down and Ards District Council.

Its main town is Bangor, 20 km east of Belfast with a population of approximately 55,000. The Council is headquartered in Bangor. Its secondary centre is the former Urban District of Holywood, 8 km northeast of Belfast with a population of approximately 10,000. Most of the remainder of a total population is in suburban villages along the southern shore of Belfast Lough. The Borough is heavily suburbanised, railway links with Belfast are good and the area has been the domain of Belfast commuters since the mid-19th century. The Borough is often held to be the wealthiest area in Northern Ireland, although there are pockets of deprivation in a string of overspill public housing estates along the Bangor Ring Road.

The borough consists of 4 electoral areas: Abbey, Ballyholme and Groomsport, Bangor West and Holywood. In the 2011 election 25 members were elected from the following political parties: 11 Democratic Unionist Party, 6 Alliance, 4 Ulster Unionists, 1 Green, and 2 Independents. North Down along with Carrickfergus Borough Council are the only councils in Northern Ireland without Nationalist political party representation.

The Borough of North Down was formed in 1973 in the local government reorganisation from the old Bangor Urban District, Holywood Urban District, North Down Rural District and part of Castlereagh Rural District.

In elections for the Westminster Parliament it is part of the slightly larger North Down constituency

See Also: Districts of Northern Ireland

Summary of seats won 1973–2011[edit]

1973 1977 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2011
Ulster Unionist (UUP) 9 7 4 8 5 6 6 8 8 4
Alliance (APNI) 7 7 6 7 4 5 6 5 6 6
Vanguard (VUPP) 2 2
Loyalist (Loy) 2
Unionist Party of NI (UPNI) 1 1
United Unionist (UUUP) 1
Independent Unionist (IU) 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Democratic Unionist (DUP) 5 6 4 3 2 5 8 11
Popular Unionist (UPUP) 3 2 2 2
NI Conservatives (Con) 6 4 2
UK Unionist Party (UKUP) 3 2
Progressive Unionist (PUP) 2
Women's Coalition (NIWC) 1
Green Party (GP) 1 1
Independent/Other 2 3 3 3 1 2

Others include Ann Marie Hillen, who stood under the label Better Bangor Campaign in 1989, having been elected earlier that year in a by-election. Of the candidates elected in 1993, one was elected as a Holywood Pool Campaigner and another as Action '93. Alan Chambers, elected at every election from 1993 to 2011, has usually been described on the ballot paper as an Independent, but describes himself on the council website as an Independent Unionist and stood under that label in 1997.[1] He is tallied as Independent Unionist above for all elections.

2011 Election results[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Democratic Unionist Party 11 +3
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 6
Ulster Unionist Party 4 -4
Green Party in Northern Ireland 1
Independent 3 +1


1981/2: Mary O'Fee, Ulster Popular Unionist
1985/6: Hazel Bradford, Ulster Unionist
1990/2: Denny Vitty, Democratic Unionist
1992/3: Leslie Cree, Ulster Unionist
1993/4: Brian Wilson, Alliance
1994/5: Roy Bradford, Ulster Unionist
1995/6: Susan O'Brien, Alliance
1996/7: Irene Cree, Ulster Unionist
1997/8: Ruby Cooling, Democratic Unionist
1998/9: Marsden Fitzsimons, Alliance
1999/0: Marion Smith, Ulster Unionist
2000/1: Alan Chambers, Independent
2001/2: Ian Henry, Ulster Unionist
2002/3: Alan Graham, Democratic Unionist
2003/4: Anne Wilson, Alliance
2004/5: Valerie Kinghan, UK Unionist Party
2005/6: Roberta Dunlop, Ulster Unionist
2006/7: Alan Leslie, Democratic Unionist
2007/8: Stephen Farry, Alliance
2008/9: Leslie Cree, Ulster Unionist
2009/0: Tony Hill, Alliance
2010/1: John Montgomery, Democratic Unionist
2011/2: James McKerrow, Ulster Unionist
2012/3: Wesley Irvine, Democratic Unionist
2013/4: Andrew Muir, Alliance
2014/5: Peter Martin, Democratic Unionist

Review of Public Administration[edit]

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council was due to merge with Ards in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 451 km² and a population of 149,567.[2] 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.[3] It will now take place in 2015.


The area covered by North Down Borough Council has a population of 78,937 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[4]


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