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” […]

Douglas expresses condolences after pedestrian killed

Alliance North Down Councillor Karen Douglas has expressed her condolences after a woman in her 70s was killed after being hit by a car in Bangor. The pedestrian was walking at the Windmill Road junction with the Donaghadee Road around 7.15pm yesterday (Saturday) when she was hit. She died at the scene. “This is shocking […]

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 […]

Douglas condemns Bangor hate crime

Alliance Councillor Karen Douglas has condemned a hate crime attack in Bangor, after a homophobic slur was painted on a flat door. She said: “This is an absolutely appalling incident and one which the whole community must be united in condemning. “No-one has the right to target someone else in this vile way and my […]

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 […]

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 […]

Douglas welcomes pilot bicycle hire scheme for Bangor

Alliance Councillor Karen Douglas has welcomed a new pilot bicycle hire scheme that could have a major impact on tourism in the area. Initially aimed at users of Bangor Marina, the scheme – which sees old bikes traditionally used by posties refurbished and reused – could be rolled out to the general public in the […]

Douglas: We need to find the right location for new school premises

Alliance Councillor Karen Douglas has welcomed a recommendation that Ward Park is not the right location to base the planned new Bangor Central Integrated Primary School. Speaking after the latest Ards and North Down meeting, Cllr Douglas said that while this scheme was not the best fit, it is essential the Council continues to advocate […]

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 […]