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 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 […]

New petition tackles parking problems in Bangor West

Local Alliance Party activists have unveiled a campaign set to target the on-going problem of parking in and around Bangor West Train Station. Councillor Scott Wilson and local representative Connie Egan – who have both been revealed as Alliance candidates for the Bangor West area in next May’s Local Government election – have said the […]

Ards and North Down know menstruation matters, says Douglas

Alliance Councillor Karen Douglas has proved menstruation matters, as Ards and North Down back her plans to see sanitary products provided within local schools and colleges free of charge. At a recent Council meeting Karen secured support to write to the Department of Education to ask for the products to be put in place as […]

Muir: We must address carbon footprint before it’s too late

Ards and North Down is set to assess how it can become a Carbon Neutral Council, after Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir raised the issue earlier this week. Recognising the importance of the issue, Councillor Muir has ensured the local authority will step up in the battle against climate change, aiming to create a low carbon […]

Walker: Ards and North Down must prepare ahead of Brexit

Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker has again urged Ards and North Down Council not to ignore Brexit, after the Council consistently overruled his attempts to ensure the area was prepared. Speaking after the latest full Council meeting, Gavin said from refusing to form a Brexit committee to mitigate the impact on the borough, to being one […]

Douglas shocked and disgusted at racist graffiti attack

Alliance Councillor Karen Douglas has said she is shocked and disgusted after a property was targeted in a racist attack in Bangor. The windows of the house in Primacy Park were smashed and racist graffiti sprayed on the walls on Tuesday (October 2) around 8.50pm. “This is a disgusting incident and the vast majority of […]

Alliance ‘bitterly disappointed’ as motion for LGBT equality is overturned

Ards and North Down Alliance Councillors Andrew Muir and Gavin Walker have expressed their bitter disappointment after plans to express support for local LGBT people were overturned tonight. Passed at committee earlier this month, the plans would have seen the Council pledge that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are accepted and valued as equal […]

Rainbow Colours to hopefully shine after proposal passed at Council Committee

Ards and North Down Alliance Councillors Andrew Muir and Gavin Walker have welcomed a recent decision by an Ards and North Down Borough Council Committee to back their proposal affirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people be accepted and valued as equal citizens with Ards Town Hall to be lit up in Rainbow Colours […]

Muir secures transparency concerning Councillor attendance statistics

Ards and North Down Borough Council is set to publish attendance statistics of all elected representatives, after an Alliance motion secured the latest move towards full openness and transparency. Speaking after he secured unanimous support for the plans – which will be updated on a quarterly basis going forward – Councillor Andrew Muir said ratepayers’ […]