Craigavon Borough Council
|Area||378 km2 (146 sq mi)
Ranked 19th of 26
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
Craigavon Borough Council was a local council in counties Armagh, Down and Antrim, in Northern Ireland. It merged with Armagh City and District Council and Banbridge District Council in May 2015 under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland to become Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.
The headquarters of the council was in Craigavon, on the shores of Lough Neagh, a new town built between Lurgan and Portadown. The council area included the large towns of Lurgan and Portadown, as well as smaller ones including Waringstown and Donaghcloney. The average council budget of £15.5 million provided a wide range of services to the 93,023 people living in the area.
The council area consisted of four electoral areas – Central, Loughside, Lurgan and Portadown – in which 26 councillors were elected every four years. The council held an annual meeting in June, at which a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected. Parties elected in 2011, the last elections for the council, were Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) nine seats, Sinn Féin eight, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) six, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) four, and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland one.
The last 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. The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the Northern Ireland local elections, 2011 took place to fill the last body on the council before being dissolved The proposed reform took effect on 1 April 2015.
Summary of seats won 1973–2011
|Ulster Unionist (UUP)||11||10||9||11||12||10||11||8||6||6|
|Democratic Unionist (DUP)||3||4||7||6||4||4||3||6||9||9|
|Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)||2||6||5||5||6||6||7||7||4||2|
|Independent Nationalist (IN)||1||2|
|United Ulster Unionist (UUUP)||1||1|
|Workers' Party (WP)||1||2||2||1||1|
|Sinn Féin (SF)||2||1||2||2||4||6||8|
|Independent Unionist (IU)||1||1||1|
Note: The Workers' Party were known as The Republican Clubs in 1977 and Workers Party Republican Clubs in 1981.
Mayor of Craigavon
|Year||Name||Political affiliation||Deputy||Deputy's affiliation|
|1973–75||Joseph A. Johnston||UUP||James McCammick||Vanguard|
|1975–76||James McCammick||Vanguard||Tom Creith||UUP|
|1976–77||Tom Creith||UUP||Herbert Whitten||UUP|
|1977–78||Sydney Cairns||UUP||Brian T. English||Alliance|
|1978–79||Herbert Whitten||UUP||David Calvert||DUP|
|1979–80||Alan Locke||UUP||James McDonald||SDLP|
|1980–81||Frank Dale||UUP||Sean Hagan||Alliance|
|1981–82||Mary Simpson||UUP||David Calvert||DUP|
|1982–83||Sam Gardiner||UUP||James Gillespie||UUP|
|1983–84||James Gillespie||UUP||Frederick Baird||DUP|
|1984–85||Arnold Hatch||UUP||Patrick J. Crilly||SDLP|
|1985–87||George Savage||UUP||James Gillespie||UUP|
|1987–88||Sydney Cairns||UUP||Arnold Hatch||UUP|
|1988–89||Sam Gardiner||UUP||James McCammick||UUP|
|1989–91||James McCammick||UUP||Joy Savage, then
|1991–92||Joe Trueman||UUP||Fred Crowe||UUP|
|1992–93||Fred Crowe||UUP||Sam Lutton||UUP|
|1993–94||Joy Savage||UUP||Ruth Allen||DUP|
|1994–95||Brian Maguinness||UUP||Sean McKavanagh||SDLP|
|1995–96||Meta Crozier||UUP||Hugh Casey||SDLP|
|1996 – Dec 96||Hugh Casey||Independent Labour||Sam Lutton||UUP|
|Dec 1996 – 97||Sam Lutton||UUP||Hugh Casey||Independent Labour|
|1998–99||Mervyn Carrick||DUP||Dolores Kelly||SDLP|
|1999–00||Dolores Kelly||SDLP||Fred Crowe||UUP|
|2000–01||Fred Crowe||UUP||Mark Neale||UUP|
|2001–02||Sam Gardiner||UUP||Jonathan Bell||DUP|
|2002–03||Jonathan Bell||DUP||Sydney Anderson||DUP|
|2003–04||Ignatius Fox||SDLP||David Simpson||DUP|
|2004–05||David Simpson||DUP||Ignatius Fox||SDLP|
|2005–06||George Savage||UUP||Robert Smith||DUP|
|2006–07||Kenneth Twyble||UUP||Mary McAlinden||SDLP|
|2007–08||Robert Smith||DUP||Kenneth Twyble||UUP|
|2008–09||Sydney Anderson||DUP||Arnold Hatch||UUP|
|2009–10||Meta Crozier||UUP||Philip Weir||DUP|
|2010–11||Stephen Moutray||DUP||Kieran Corr||Independent|
|2011–12||Alan Carson||DUP||George Savage||UUP|
|2012–13||Carla Lockhart||DUP||Arnold Hatch||UUP|
|2013–14||Mark Baxter||DUP||Colin McCusker||UUP|
|2014–15||Colin McCusker||UUP||Catherine Seeley||Sinn Féin|
Source: Freedom of Information request to Craigavon Borough Council
Final council makeup
Below is a list of members who made up the final sitting of the council before it was dissolved.
|Catherine Seeley||Sinn Féin|
|Mark O'Dowd||Sinn Féin|
|Liam Mackle||Sinn Féin|
|Mairead O'Dowd||Sinn Féin|
|Paul Duffy||Sinn Féin|
|Gemma McKenna||Sinn Féin|
|Thomas O'Connor||Sinn Féin|
|Noel McGeown||Sinn Féin|
- Coney Island, Lough Neagh is owned by the National Trust and was managed on their behalf by Craigavon Borough Council.
The area covered by Craigavon Borough Council had a population of 93,023 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.
- Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
- "The executive fails to agree a deal on council reform". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Coney Island". Culture Northern Ireland. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
- "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
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