|Area||577 km2 (223 sq mi)
Ranked 11th of 26
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
Alliance Party: 1
Sinn Féin: 1
William McCrea (DUP)
Antrim (named after the town of Antrim) is a local government district in Northern Ireland. It is one of twenty-six districts created in 1973, and was granted borough status on 9 May 1977. The borough covers an area of some 220 square miles (570 km2) and has a population of 53,428 according to the 2011 census. It is situated about 19 miles (31 km) north-west of Belfast. It borders the north and east shores of Lough Neagh, the largest fresh water lake in the United Kingdom, and includes the towns of Antrim, Toomebridge, Crumlin, Randalstown, Parkgate and Templepatrick. The council headquarters are located on the outskirts of Antrim town. Although the borough is not within the Belfast Metropolitan Area, it houses the city's international airport and many commuter villages.
The borough is sub-divided into three electoral areas: Antrim South-East, Antrim North-West and Antrim Town, from which 19 members were elected. As of February 2011, the following political parties are represented: 5 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 3 Sinn Féin, 3 Alliance Party, 2 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)and 1 Traditional Unionist Voice. An election is held every four years using the proportional representation system.
A mayor and deputy mayor are elected from among the councillors at the borough council's annual meeting in June. For the civic year 2012/2013 the Mayor of Antrim is Roy Thompson (DUP) and the Deputy Mayor was Roderick Swann (UUP).
The economy of the area revolves around construction, distribution, transport and hospitality. It has a well-developed transport infrastructure that provides easy access to all the main external gateways for Northern Ireland and all parts of the region. Antrim Town lies on two of the main transport corridors, the Belfast – Derry corridor and the Southern corridor. Belfast International Airport is located within the borough, only 4 miles (6.4 km) from Antrim town.
- "Letters Patent bearing date the 9th day of May, 1977, have passed the Great Seal of Northern Ireland, granting a Charter of Incorporation to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Antrim." The Belfast Gazette: . 13 May 1977.
- "The Council". Antrim Borough Council. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- "Antrim Borough Council". Retrieved 19 June 2012.