Pottinger (District Electoral Area)

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District Electoral Area
Pottinger Wards.png
Map showing Pottinger wards within Belfast
Area6.17 km2 (2.38 sq mi)
Population31,272 (2008 Estimate)
• Density5,068/km2 (13,130/sq mi)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland

Pottinger was one of the nine district electoral areas (DEA) in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 1985 to 2014. Located in the east of the city, the district elected six members to Belfast City Council and contained the wards of Ballymacarrett, Bloomfield, Orangefield, Ravenhill, The Mount, and Woodstock.

The wards of Ravenhill and Woodstock were part of the Belfast South constituencies for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament, while the other four were part of the Belfast East Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies.

The district was bounded to the west by the River Lagan and the Ormeau Road, to the north by the Newtownards Road, to the east by Greenville Park and North Road and the Borough of Castlereagh to the south.

At the 2001 census the district had a Protestant majority, however there was also a large Catholic minority, particularly in areas such as the Short Strand, which is separated from the mainly unionist Cluan Place by one of the many peace lines in the district.


The DEA was created for the 1985 local elections, when it largely replaced the former electoral Area A. Five of the six wards came from Area A with the Bloomfield ward added from Area B. It was abolished for the 2014 local elections, when all of its wards except Orangefield formed part of a new Titanic district electoral area. The Orangefield ward became part of a new Lisnasharragh district electoral area.


New stand at the Ravenhill Stadium, home of the Ulster Rugby team.

Amenities in the Pottinger district electoral area include:


Map Ward Population
(2011 Census)
Catholic Protestant Other No Religion Area Density NI Assembly UK Parliament Ref
1 Ballymacarrett 4,908 51.4% 41.2% 1.4% 6.2% 0.78 km2 6,292 /km2 Belfast East Belfast East [1]
2 Bloomfield 5,453 16.1% 69.7% 1.7% 12.5% 0.74 km2 7,369 /km2 Belfast East Belfast East [2]
3 Orangefield 5,619 11% 77% 1.4% 10.6% 1.46 km2 3,849 /km2 Belfast East Belfast East [3]
4 Ravenhill 6,041 39.7% 46.9% 2% 11.5% 1.88 km2 3,213 /km2 Belfast South Belfast South [4]
5 The Mount 5,591 16.1% 68.3% 1.3% 14.3% 0.75 km2 7,455 /km2 Belfast East Belfast East [5]
6 Woodstock 5,445 19.4% 63.3% 2.8% 14.5% 0.56 km2 9,723 /km2 Belfast South Belfast South [6]
Pottinger 33,057 25.3% 61.2% 1.8% 11.7% 6.17 km2 5,358 /km2


Gate in the peace line to enter the Short Strand.
Election Councillor
2011 Máire Hendron
May Campbell
Gavin Robinson
John Kyle
Niall Ó Donnghaile
(Sinn Féin)
Adam Newton
2005 Sammy Wilson
David Ervine
Reg Empey
Margaret McKenzie
2001 Joseph O'Donnell
(Sinn Féin)
Harry Toan
Margaret Clarke
1997 Mervyn Jones
Robert Clelland
1993 Jim Walker
Sandy Blair
1989 Dorothy Dunlop
(Independent Unionist)
Margaret Clarke
1985 F Leslie

2011 elections[edit]

Ormeau Embankment along the River Lagan.
See also: Results of elections in 2011; 2005; 2001; 1997; 1993; 1989 and 1985.
Belfast City Council elections, 2011[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Máire Hendron 1,895
DUP Gavin Robinson 1,523
Sinn Féin Niall Ó Donnghaile 1,077
DUP May Campbell 1,051
PUP John Kyle 1,022
DUP Adam Newton 936
UUP Philip Robinson 786
SDLP Séamas de Faoite 456
Green (NI) David Newman 223
TUV John Hiddleston 191
Socialist Party Thomas Black 150
Workers' Party Kevin McNally 104
People Before Profit Donna McCusker 70
Independent Karl Hedley 33
Procapitalism Samuel Smyth 9
Turnout 9,526
Sinn Féin gain from Ulster Unionist

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ward Information for Ballymacarrett ward 95GG04". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Ward Information for Bloomfield (Belfast) ward 95GG11". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Ward Information for Orangefield ward 95GG36". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Ward Information for Ravenhill ward 95GG37". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Ward Information for The Mount ward 95GG44". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Ward Information for Woodstock ward 95GG50". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  7. ^ Elections 2011: Pottinger, Belfast City Council

Coordinates: 54°35′38″N 5°53′53″W / 54.594°N 5.898°W / 54.594; -5.898