North Down and Ards
|North Down and Ards|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Constituent country||Northern Ireland|
|Incorporated||1 April 2015|
|• Type||District council|
|• Body||North Down and Ards District Council|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
North Down and Ards is a new local government district that will be created on 1 April 2015 by merging the Borough of Ards and the Borough of North Down. The local authority will be North Down and Ards District Council.
The new district will be in the East of Northern Ireland, covering the Ards Peninsula, most of Strangford Lough and the southern shore of Belfast Lough. It will have an electorate of 102,313. The name of the new district was recommended on 17 September 2008.
North Down and Ards District Council
North Down and Ards District Council replaces Ards Borough Council and North Down Borough Council. The first election for the new district council was originally due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until 2011. The first elections will take place on 22 May 2014 and the council will act as a shadow authority until 1 April 2015.