Alliance meets Audit Office over BCC funding

The Audit Office is to look into if Belfast City Council and its Councillors have followed recommendations in relation to funding, after an Alliance team met with representatives from the body on Friday. Councillor Nuala McAllister described the meeting as “essential” as she argued the DUP and Sinn Féin had largely ignored calls to see […]

Long backs calls for a million new trees for Belfast

Alliance Councillor Michael Long is backing the call for a million new trees for Belfast – a proposal put forward by Belfast Metropolitan Resident Group. Set to second a motion tonight, the proposed plan will build on the amount of new trees already pledged in the Draft Belfast Local Development Plan. Councillor Michael Long said: […]

Long welcomes naming of new leisure centre

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has welcomed the decision to name the new East Belfast leisure centre Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre. After a DUP proposal to keep the location’s name as the Robinson Centre was defeated at today’s Belfast City Council Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, Alliance proposed an immediate renaming, going against Sinn Féin’s proposal to […]

Alliance slams Sinn Féin council boycott

Councillor Michael Long, Alliance Group Leader at City Hall, has slammed Sinn Féin for boycotting the Council’s Budget Panel and Party Group Leaders’ Forum after having lost a series of votes on the City Hall grounds issues in recent weeks. The Committees are attended by group leaders and give them an opportunity to discuss issues […]

Long: Sinn Féin has bailed on memorabilia agreement

Alliance Group Leader Michael Long has criticised Sinn Féin’s decision to stall a decision aimed at making the grounds of City Hall more inclusive, after they called in the previously agreed changes to memorabilia. With a deal in place to recognise greater numbers of women, Irish Nationalists and ethnic minorities, Michael said Sinn Féin had […]

Alliance welcomes deal on City Hall grounds

Councillor Michael Long, Alliance Group Leader in City Hall, has welcomed the decision to support a deal to make the grounds of the City Hall more inclusive, alongside addressing a number of other issues across the city centre. He expressed disappointment that Sinn Féin had opposed the deal – which was backed by Alliance, DUP, […]

Alliance will oppose DUP, Sinn Féin driven rates increase

The Alliance Party will again oppose a £500,000 increase to Belfast’s 2019 rates at Monday night’s Council meeting, after arguing late last year it was simply unacceptable that the money had been designed to enhance the Summer Diversionary Programme – which includes providing diversionary activities for bonfires. The move follows consistent efforts by Alliance to […]

Alliance welcomes support for position on Robinson Centre renaming

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has welcomed the support from the SDLP and Sinn Féin to have the new East Belfast leisure centre renamed when it opens later this year. Councillor Long – Alliance Group leader on Belfast City Council – said that while Alliance had always opposed the “various Peter Robinson vanity projects” it the […]