McAlpine secures dog fouling signs in town

Alliance Councillor Lorna McAlpine has secured new signs warning against dog fouling in Portaferry.Following recent Alliance residents’ surveys in the area conducted by Councillor McAlpine and colleagues including Kellie Armstrong MLA, she said the issue was one of the main ones among locals. “People, particularly in the Windmill Hill area of the town, told us […]

Muir: Council must take responsibility to safeguard local events

Ards and North Down Council is to assess how a new law regarding special events on roads could affect some of the area’s most popular gatherings, thanks to the lobbying of Councillor Andrew Muir. At the recent Ards and North Down Council Environment Committee meeting, Councillor Muir decided to tackle the issue after concerns raised […]

Vandalised picnic tables at Island Hill a disgrace, says Girvan

Alderman Deborah Girvan has called on Ards and North Down Borough Council to replace vandalised picnic tables at Island Hill, Comber. The Local Councillor was speaking after a number of picnic tables were burnt in recent weeks. She added: “During the recent spell of good weather, I visited Island Hill Picnic Area just outside Comber. […]

Alderman Alan McDowell appointed Chair of the Regeneration and Development Committee of Ards and North Down Borough Council

Alliance Councillor Alan McDowell has said he is focused on driving great economic growth for Ards and North Down, as he was appointed Chair of the Regeneration and Development Committee. Selected by his Alliance colleagues to take on the role, Alderman McDowell said he was looking forward working to secure job opportunities for the area, […]

Alliance welcomes latest improvements to Comber Greenway

Alliance elected representatives have welcomed the latest improvements to the Comber Greenway, which has been widened along part of its route. The path was extended between the Beersbridge Road and the Millmount Road, as well as a consultation pledged on enhanced lighting. It is part of the ‘One Path’ initiative by the Sustrans group, supported […]

Alliance presses Council for action on post primary crisis

The Alliance Party has continued its efforts to ensure all families affected by the current post primary crisis receive a positive outcome. Councillor Karen Douglas raised the issue as an urgent matter at the recent Ards and North Down Council meeting, where her calls for the Council to write to the Permanent Secretary on the […]

Muir delighted historic Holywood building set to be saved

Plans for One Stewart’s Place in Holywood to be restored have been given the green light, Councillor Andrew Muir has said, almost two years after the building’s dilapidated state initially caused chaos and concern. Welcoming the news Councillor Muir said he was “delighted” the historic building was now set to be saved, after months of […]

Muir reports progress on Coastal Path upgrade campaign

Ards and North Down Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir is keeping up the pressure to complete much needed upgrades of the North Down Coastal Path in order to make the path safe and accessible to all. The path runs from Bangor to Kinnegar in Holywood and has been upgraded in sections over the last number of […]

Health and Social Care workers awarded Freedom of Ards and North Down

Ards and North Down Borough Council has awarded the Freedom of the Borough to Health and Social Care staff across the Borough, after an Alliance Party proposal received cross-party support. Brought forward by Alliance Councillor Lorna McAlpine, the issue was agreed at Wednesday night’s Council meeting. Councillor Lorna McAlpine said: “Over the past 70 years […]