Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
Founded 1 April 2015
Preceded by Antrim Borough Council
Newtownabbey Borough Council
Leadership
Mayor
Paul Michael, Ulster Unionist Party
Structure
Seats 40
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Composition.png
Political groups
     DUP (15)
     UUP (13)
     Alliance (4)
     SDLP (3)
     Sinn Féin (3)
     TUV (1)
     Independent (1)
Elections
Last election
22 May 2014
Meeting place
Mossley Mill and Antrim Civic Centre (alternately)
Website
http://www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is a local authority that was established on 1 April 2015. It replaces Antrim Borough Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council.[1] A statutory transition committee was established in 2013 to prepare for the merger. The first elections to the authority were on 22 May 2014 with 73 candidates standing for 40 seats. The authority acted in shadow form until the formal creation of the Antrim and Newtownabbey district on 1 April 2015.

Christmas in the Borough[edit]

In September 2018 the council took the unprecedented step of cancelling the Christmas tree and lights switch on for the town of Crumlin. The move to reduce the budget allocation for Christmas across the borough was the result of a rate reduction for Belfast International Airport, Aldergrove to the tune of £1,000,000. As it stands for 2018 Crumlin will be the only town in the borough without a Christmas tree or lights, indeed Crumlin[2] will be the only town in Northern Ireland without a council funded Christmas.

The initial proposal to exclude Crumlin came before council in November 2017 off the back of a corporate workshop in October of 2017, however the source of the actual recommendation appears to be a mystery. The motion was amended to include Crumlin, but the vote was tied at 18-18 and the Mayor, Paul Hamill cast the deciding vote against the inclusion and the original motion was passed[3]

Transition committee[edit]

The statutory transition committee was established in 2013 with a membership of eight councillors each from Antrim Borough Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council.[4] The purpose of the committee was to ensure that the new council would be ready to operate from 1 April 2015; to plan for the period up to and after the election of the shadow council; to arrange the first meeting of the shadow council; and to appoint a chief executive.[5]

Borough status[edit]

A new local government district was created on 1 April 2015 and is formally called the Antrim and Newtownabbey District, while the council is the Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council. Both of the previous authorities merged into it had borough status, which entitled them to be known as borough councils and the districts to be known as boroughs. The 2013 corporate plan of the statutory transition committee indicated that the new council was expected to retain this status.[5]

Mayoralty[edit]

Mayor[edit]

From To Name Party
2016 2017 John Scott[6] UUP
2017 2018 Paul Hamill[7] DUP
2018 2019 Paul Michael[8] UUP

Deputy Mayor[edit]

From To Name Party
2016 2017 Noreen McClelland[9] SDLP
2017 2018 Vera McWilliam[10] UUP
2018 2019 John Smyth[11] DUP

Councillors[edit]

For the purpose of elections the council is divided into seven district electoral areas (DEAs).[12][13]

Area Seats
Airport 5
Antrim 6
Ballyclare 5
Dunsilly 5
Glengormley Urban 7
Macedon 6
Threemilewater 6

Seat summary[edit]

Party Elected Current
DUP 15 15
UUP 12 13
Alliance 4 4
SDLP 3 3
Sinn Féin 3 3
TUV 2 1
Independent 1 1

Last updated 26 November 2017.[14]

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 22 May 2014.[15]

Current council members
District electoral area Name Party
Airport Anne-Marie Logue Sinn Féin
Thomas Burns SDLP
Matthew Magill DUP
Paul Michael UUP
Mervyn Rea UUP
Antrim Paul Dunlop † DUP
James Montgomery † UUP
John Smyth DUP
Drew Ritchie UUP
Neil Kelly Alliance
Roisin Lynch SDLP
Ballyclare Mandy Girvan DUP
Jim Bingham UUP
Tim Girvan DUP
Vera McWilliam UUP
David Arthurs ‡ UUP
Dunsilly Roderick Swann UUP
Brian Duffin Independent
Linda Clarke DUP
Jordan Greer † DUP
Henry Cushnihan Sinn Féin
Glengormley Urban Mark Cosgrove UUP
Audrey Ball DUP
Julian McGrath † Alliance
Philip Brett DUP
Michael Maguire UUP
Noreen McClelland SDLP
Michael Goodman Sinn Féin
Macedon Billy Webb Alliance
Billy De Courcy DUP
Thomas Hogg DUP
Paul Hamill DUP
David Hollis TUV
Robert Foster † UUP
Threemilewater Fraser Agnew UUP
Samuel Flanagan † DUP
Tom Campbell Alliance
Stephen McCarthy UUP
Pamela Barr DUP
Stephen Ross DUP

: Co-opted to fill a vacancy since the election.: New party affiliation since the election. Last updated 13 October 2018.

For further details see Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council election, 2014.

Population[edit]

The area covered by new Council has a population of 138,567 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils are merging in 2015" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council - Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council". www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  3. ^ "Council meeting Nov 2017 minutes" (PDF).
  4. ^ "STATUTORY TRANSITION COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 2013" (PDF).
  5. ^ a b "Statutory Transition Committee Corporate plan" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Mayor". Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2017-01-01. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  7. ^ "Mayor". Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  8. ^ "Mayor". Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  9. ^ "Deputy Mayor". Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2017-01-01. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  10. ^ "Deputy Mayor". Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  11. ^ "Deputy Mayor". Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  12. ^ "The District Electoral Areas (Northern Ireland) Order 2014". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  13. ^ "Antrim and Newtownabbey Results". UTV. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Open Council Data UK - Northern Ireland councils". opencouncildata.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  15. ^ "Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council: Election Results May 2014". Antrim Borough Council. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  16. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.