Walker says those who didn’t back no deal Brexit motion showed complete disdain for genuine concerns

Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker has said those who didn’t support his party’s motion against a no deal Brexit showed “complete disdain” for the genuine concerns of the business community. Councillor Walker was speaking after the motion at Ards and North Down Borough Council calling for the removal of a no deal Brexit as an option […]

Special Council meeting needs to call for removal of no deal Brexit, says Walker

A special meeting of Ards and North Down Borough Council will call for the removal of a no deal Brexit as an option, thanks to Alliance Councillors, The meeting, which will take place tomorrow at 7pm, was brought by the party’s Councillors in response to the UK Government’s refusal to rule out a no deal […]

Alliance calls for urgent meeting to address Brexit

The Alliance Party in Ards and North Down has called on the Mayor to convene an urgent Council meeting to assess the immediate economic impact on the area in the wake of a catastrophic no deal Brexit. The Group’s Deputy Leader Councillor Gavin Walker said the move was “now essential” after the Council’s continued reluctance […]

Douglas “horrified” after tablet find

“Alliance Councillor Karen Douglas has said she is “horrified” to hear a container of tablets was discovered by young children at the site of an eleventh night bonfire. Speaking after the reports emerged she said those who carelessly dumped the tablets in the Bloomfield area should “have more thought” for the wider community. Cllr Douglas […]

“We must stand up for our environment” says Mathison

Alliance Councillor Nick Mathison has said he is delighted Ards and North Down Councillors unanimously backed his calls for the local authority to oppose all Oil and Shale Gas Exploration License Applications.   The decision was ratified at Wednesday night’s full Council meeting, after Nick had raised the issue at the Community and Wellbeing Committee […]

Councillor Karen Douglas has welcomed news work is finally getting underway at Bangor’s Queen’s Parade development

Councillor Karen Douglas has welcomed news work is finally getting underway at Bangor’s Queen’s Parade development, aiming to transform the area for public use. Having campaigned on the issue for a number of years, Karen said today’s announcement proved what Alliance has consistently said – the area must be at the heart of the transformation […]

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 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 […]