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Ards and North Down Borough Council

Ards and North Down Borough Council is a local authority in Northern Ireland that was established on 1 April 2015. It replaced Ards Borough Council and North Down Borough Council. The first elections to the authority were on 22 May 2014 and it acted as a shadow authority, prior to the creation of the Ards and North Down district on 1 April 2015.

Ards and North Down Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Founded1 April 2015
Preceded byArds Borough Council
North Down Borough Council
Councillor Richard Smart., Ulster Unionist Party
Ards and North Down Borough Council Composition.png
Political groups
     DUP (18)
     UUP (9)
     Alliance (7)
     Green (NI) (2)
     SDLP (1)
     TUV (1)
     Independent (2)
Last election
22 May 2014
Meeting place
Town Hall, Bangor Castle

The district was originally called "North Down and Ards"[1] but the council was known as "Ards and North Down District Council".[2] Councillors on the transitional shadow authority (prior to the council's official creation) voted on 15 December 2014 to submit an application to the Department of the Environment to change the name to East Coast Borough Council with effect from 1 April 2015.[2] Negative public reaction to the proposed name prompted a rethink.[3] The district name "Ards and North Down" was not finalised until 2016.[4] The transfer of the borough charter from North Down Borough Council was delayed until after the district naming.[1]




From To Name Party
2015 2016 Alan Graham DUP
2016 2017 Deborah Girvan Alliance
2017 2018 Robert Adair DUP
2018 2019 Richard Smart UUP

Deputy MayorEdit

From To Name Party
2015 2016 Carl McClean UUP
2016 2017 William Keery DUP
2017 2018 Gavin Walker Alliance
2018 2019 Eddie Thompson DUP


For the purpose of elections the council is divided into seven district electoral areas (DEA):[5]

Area Seats
Ards Peninsula 6
Bangor Central 6
Bangor East and Donaghadee 6
Bangor West 5
Comber 5
Holywood and Clandeboye 5
Newtownards 7

Party strengthsEdit

Party Elected Current
DUP 17 18
UUP 9 9
Alliance 7 7
Green (NI) 3 2
SDLP 1 1
TUV 1 1
Independents 2 2

Councillors by electoral areaEdit

Current council members
District electoral area Name Party
Ards Peninsula Robert Adair DUP
Joe Boyle SDLP
Angus Carson UUP
Nigel Edmund DUP
Lorna McAlpine † Alliance
Edward Thompson DUP
Bangor Central Wesley Graham Irvine DUP
Karen Douglas † Alliance
Craig Blaney UUP
Stephen Dunlop Green (NI)
Ray McKimm Independent
Alistair Cathcart DUP
Bangor East and Donaghadee David Chambers † UUP
Mark Brooks UUP
Gavin Walker Alliance
Peter Martin DUP
William Keery DUP
Thomas Smith DUP
Bangor West Marion Smith UUP
Alan Graham DUP
Jennifer Gilmour † DUP
Scott Wilson Alliance
Barry McKee ††† Green (NI)
Comber Robert Gibson DUP
James Fletcher UUP
Deborah Girvan Alliance
Trevor Cummings DUP
Stephen Cooper TUV
Holywood and Clandeboye Stephen Dunne DUP
Andrew Muir Alliance
Rachel Woods † Green (NI)
Daniel Allen ‡‡ DUP
Roberta Dunlop † DUP
Newtownards James Menagh Independent
Naomi Armstrong Cotter DUP
Stephen McIlveen DUP
Colin Kennedy DUP
Alan McDowell Alliance
Richard Smart UUP
Katherine Ferguson UUP

Co-opted to fill a vacancy since the election.
Changed party affiliation since the election.
Last updated 26 March 2019.

For further details see 2014 North Down and Ards District Council election.


The area covered by the new borough has 156,672 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Ards and North Down Borough Council". The Belfast Gazette (7794): 33, notice ID 2462059. 15 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "New name signifies a new beginning for local Council". Ards and North Down Borough Council. 17 December 2014. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016. In the New Year the Council will formally apply for Borough status and will submit an application to the DoE to change the name to East Coast Borough Council with effect from 1 April 2015; until then the Council will be known as North Down and Ards District Council
  3. ^ Glynn, Niall (15 January 2015). "Northern Ireland super council names spark controversy". BBC News NI. BBC. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Change of District Name (North Down and Ards) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016". STATUTORY RULES OF NORTHERN IRELAND 2016 No.10. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "[ARCHIVED CONTENT] Current review of district electoral areas" (PDF). Retrieved 19 November 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.