Muir welcomes news Cairn Wood now safely in public ownership

Ards and North Down Borough Council Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has welcomed news that Cairn Wood has now transferred into public ownership with NI Water recently writing to Councillor Muir to confirm that it was transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) on 1 April 2019. Commenting on the development, Councillor […]

Muir reports kinnegar malodours to NI Environment Agency

Holywood Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has referred the on-going malodours in the vicinity of the Kinnegar area to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, requesting assistance in eliminating the regular foul smells, for good. Commenting on the issue, Councillor Muir said: “A number of years previously NI Water made a multi-million pound investment in Kinnegar Waste […]

Muir welcomes Council moves to address impact of new Road Closure legislation

Ards and North Down Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has welcomed the decision reached at the Council’s Environment Committee on March 6, to set aside funds to help local community and voluntary groups to overcome the effects of new and much criticised Road Closure legislation. Commenting on the decision, which is subject to ratification by full […]

Alliance secures audio recording of all minutes in Ards and North Down

The Alliance Party has scored a giant step forward for openness and transparency in Ards and North Down, after Councillors secured the future audio recording of all committee meetings despite attempts by the DUP to block the move. Proposed by Councillor Karen Douglas and seconded by Alderman Deborah Girvan, the pair said they were “delighted” […]

Muir “disappointed” plan to publish Council expenses blocked

Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has said he’s “disappointed” Ards and North Down Councillors failed to back plans that would have seen all Councillor expense claim forms published on the website. Councillor Muir said it was essential we take all opportunity to be as open and transparent as possible. He added: “What started out as a […]

Muir appeals for information following assault

Alliance North Down Councillor Andrew Muir has appealed for information following an assault in Holywood. Two men are in hospital with serious head injuries after they were attacked outside a bar in Hibernia Street in the town around 11pm yesterday (Friday). A 54-year-old man has been arrested and is currently being questioned by the police. […]

Alliance extremely disappointed Department sees no benefit in discussing Residents Parking Schemes for other areas

North Down Alliance Party representatives have said they are “extremely disappointed”, after the Department for Infrastructure confirmed it saw “no benefit” in extending a Residents Parking Schemes to other areas and have refused request to make a deputation to Council. Councillor Andrew Muir and Councillor Karen Douglas had both campaigned for the scheme to be […]

Muir welcomes Council decision to back LGBT Awareness Week

Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has welcomed Ards and North Down Council’s decision To back a request from the Rainbow Project to light up Ards Town Hall for LGBT Awareness Week. A similar Alliance proposal had previously been defeated, but this time around the vote narrowly passed by 19 votes to 18. Andrew said: “I am […]

Muir encourages public to report Kinnegar odour concerns

Holywood and Clandeboye Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir is encouraging members of the public to report any malodours experienced near the Kinnegar Lagoons and Waste Water Treatment Plant in Holywood after recent reports of the sewage stink returning. Commenting on the issue, Councillor Muir stated “After securing £4.5million investment to end sewage pollution of the Kinnegar […]

Alliance pushing for greater representation in Holywood and Clandeboye

Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has been re-selected to stand in Holywood and Clandeboye ahead of the 2019 Local Government elections, scheduled for May. The well-known local representative will be joined by local woman and Alliance Party North Down Chairperson Gillian Greer as the Party seeks to increase its number of Councillors for the area. Councillor […]