Ards and North Down Borough Council
|Ards and North Down Borough Council|
|Founded||1 April 2015|
|Preceded by||Ards Borough Council
North Down Borough Council
Councillor Robert H. Adair., Democratic Unionist Party
Green (NI) (2)
|22 May 2014|
Town Hall, Bangor Castle
Ards and North Down Borough Council is a local authority in Northern Ireland that was established on 1 April 2015. It replaced Ards Borough Council and North Down Borough Council. The first elections to the authority were on 22 May 2014 and it acted as a shadow authority, prior to the creation of the Ards and North Down district on 1 April 2015.
The district was originally called "North Down and Ards" but the council was known as "Ards and North Down District Council". Councillors on the transitional shadow authority (prior to the council's official creation) voted on 15 December 2014 to submit an application to the Department of the Environment to change the name to East Coast Borough Council with effect from 1 April 2015. Negative public reaction to the proposed name prompted a rethink. The district name "Ards and North Down" was not finalised until 2016. The transfer of the borough charter from North Down Borough Council was delayed until after the district naming.
For the purpose of elections the council is divided into seven district electoral areas (DEA):
|Bangor East and Donaghadee||6|
|Holywood and Clandeboye||5|
2014 seats summary
Councillors by electoral area
|Council members from 2014 election|
|District electoral area||Name||Party|
|Ards Peninsula||Robert Adair||DUP|
|Bangor Central||Wesley Graham Irvine||DUP|
|Bangor East and Donaghadee||Alan Chambers||UUP|
|Bangor West||Marion Smith||UUP|
|Paul Roberts||Green (NI)|
|Holywood and Clandeboye||Stephen Dunne||DUP|
|Prof. John Barry||Green (NI)|
|Naomi Armstrong Cotter||DUP|
- Alan Chambers changed affiliation from Independent to Ulster Unionist.
- Daniel Allen resigned from the UUP to become DUP after a failure to become a party Assembly candidate.
The area covered by the new Council has a population of 156,672 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.
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- "New name signifies a new beginning for local Council". Ards and North Down Borough Council. 17 December 2014. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
In the New Year the Council will formally apply for Borough status and will submit an application to the DoE to change the name to East Coast Borough Council with effect from 1 April 2015; until then the Council will be known as North Down and Ards District Council
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- "Change of District Name (North Down and Ards) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016". STATUTORY RULES OF NORTHERN IRELAND 2016 No.10. Legislation.gov.uk. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.[permanent dead link]
- Co Opted to replace Kellie Armstrong who became MLA for Strangford In May 2016
- Co opted to replace Stuart Anderson in 2016
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- Hello (2016-04-11). "UUP councillor quits party". Belfast Newsletter. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
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