Alliance pushes for openness and transparency as Council meetings move online

The Alliance Party has pushed for greater openness and transparency at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, ensuring officers investigate how to live cast meetings going forward, allowing the public full access. The move follows a meeting of the local government authority on Thursday, as Councillors agreed how Council business would be carried out in the […]

Webb says Alliance will continue to push for value for ratepayers

Alliance Councillor Billy Webb has welcomed Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s setting of its residential rates to 1.99 per cent, the lowest increase across Northern Ireland since the creation of the ‘super councils’ in 2015. Councillor Webb was speaking after the Council announced the increase, which comes into effect on April 1. “I am pleased […]

School uniform burden will be lifted for many with scheme, says McGrath

A huge burden on families across Antrim and Newtownabbey will be lifted with easier access to pre-worn school uniforms, Alliance’s Julian McGrath has said, after his proposal for a scheme providing them took a step closer to being realised. Alderman McGrath said he was delighted with the backing from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Community […]

Campbell hits out at Department for removing streetlights on roads

Alliance Newtownabbey Councillor Tom Campbell has hit out at the Department for Infrastructure (DFI), after it confirmed it intends to remove faulty streetlights on unadopted roads rather than repairing them. Councillor Campbell was speaking after a presentation to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council by the DFI, in which he quizzed them over the issue of […]

Antrim and Newtownabbey Council shows #MenstruationMatters – Finlay

Alliance Councillor Glenn Finlay has said that Antrim and Newtownabbey Council has shown it is a progressive council, following acceptance of his proposal that free sanitary products are provided in council buildings and leisure centres. Councillor Finlay said: “Having worked with period poverty activist Katrina McDonnell from the Homeless Period Belfast, I was inspired to […]

Antrim and Newtownabbey Council backs Alliance motion to fly Pride flag

Alliance Councillor Glenn Finlay has said Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s decision to back the LGBT community was “a welcome move forward”, after Councillors supported his calls for the Pride flag to be flown to mark the event this Saturday, August 3. His motion on Monday night will also see an all-party working group established […]

Alliance selects Glenn Finlay for Dunsilly

Local man Glenn Finlay is set to stand for Alliance in May’s local government election, after the party selected him to represent the Dunsilly area. Speaking after the decision was announced, Glenn said he was “delighted” to be taking the Alliance Party’s vision of a shared, inclusive society to the voters in the run up […]

Parking charges in Ballyclare must be removed

Ballyclare Alliance representative Gary English has called for parking charges in the town centre to be permanently removed. Currently the only town in the Council area to still enforce parking charges, Gary said moves to reduce the costs in the run up to Christmas should not only be extended, but taken further and removed completely. […]

Antrim and Newtownabbey Council set to reduce use of plastics following Alliance work

Antrim and Newtownabbey Council is set to reduce its use of single use plastics across the Council thanks to work by Alliance Councillors. Following a report into the issue brought forward by Councillor Billy Webb, the Council will report on costings for the action, before coming back to Councillors. Councillor Neil Kelly, who proposed the […]

Julian McGrath becomes newest Alliance Councillor

Julian McGrath has become the newest Alliance Councillor in the Antrim and Newtownabbey team, after he was selected to replace John Blair MLA in representing the Glengormley Urban ward. A member of the Alliance Party since 2011, Julian said he was delighted to carry on the “good work of his friend and colleague” John, adding […]