North Down Borough Council

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Coordinates: 54°37′34″N 5°40′23″W / 54.626°N 5.673°W / 54.626; -5.673

North Down Borough Council was a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. It merged with Ards Borough Council in May 2015 under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland to become North Down and Ards District Council.

North Down Borough
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Area81 km2 (31 sq mi) 
Ranked 26th of 26
District HQBangor
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
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Northern Ireland

Its main town was Bangor, 12 miles east of Belfast with a population of approximately 68,000. The Council was headquartered in Bangor. Its secondary centre was the former Urban District of Holywood, 8 km northeast of Belfast with a population of approximately 10,000. Most of the remainder of a total population was in suburban villages along the southern shore of Belfast Lough. The area of the former Borough is heavily suburbanised, railway links with Belfast are good and the area has been the domain of Belfast commuters since the mid-19th century. The former Borough is often held to be the wealthiest area in Northern Ireland, although there are pockets of deprivation in a string of overspill public housing estates along the Bangor Ring Road.

The borough consisted of 4 electoral areas: Abbey, Ballyholme and Groomsport, Bangor West and Holywood. In the 2011 election, 25 members were elected from the following political parties: 11 Democratic Unionist Party, 6 Alliance, 4 Ulster Unionists, 1 Green, and 2 Independents. North Down along with Carrickfergus Borough Council were the only councils in Northern Ireland without Nationalist political party representation.

The Borough of North Down was formed in 1973 in the local government reorganisation from the old Bangor Urban District, Holywood Urban District, North Down Rural District and part of Castlereagh Rural District.

In elections for the Westminster Parliament it was part of the slightly larger North Down constituency.

See Also: Districts of Northern Ireland

Summary of seats won 1973–2011Edit

1973 1977 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2011
Ulster Unionist (UUP) 9 7 4 8 5 6 6 8 8 4
Alliance (APNI) 7 7 6 7 4 5 6 5 6 6
Vanguard (VUPP) 2 2
Loyalist (Loy) 2
Unionist Party of NI (UPNI) 1 1
United Unionist (UUUP) 1
Independent Unionist (IU) 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Democratic Unionist (DUP) 5 6 4 3 2 5 8 11
Popular Unionist (UPUP) 3 2 2 2
NI Conservatives (Con) 6 4 2
UK Unionist Party (UKUP) 3 2
Progressive Unionist (PUP) 2
Women's Coalition (NIWC) 1
Green Party (GP) 1 1
Independent/Other 2 3 3 3 1 2

Others include Ann Marie Hillen, who stood under the label Better Bangor Campaign in 1989, having been elected earlier that year in a by-election. Of the candidates elected in 1993, Jimmy White was elected as a Holywood Pool Campaigner and another as Action '93. Alan Chambers, elected at every election from 1993 to 2011, has usually been described on the ballot paper as an Independent, but describes himself on the council website as an Independent Unionist and stood under that label in 1997.[1] He is tallied as Independent Unionist above for all elections.

2011 Election resultsEdit

Party seats change +/-
Democratic Unionist Party 11 +3
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 6
Ulster Unionist Party 4 -4
Green Party in Northern Ireland 1
Independent 3 +1


Year Name Political affiliation
1981–82 Mary O'Fee UPUP
1985–86 Hazel Bradford Ulster Unionist
1990–92 Denny Vitty DUP
1992–93 Leslie Cree Ulster Unionist
1993–94 Brian Wilson Alliance
1994–95 Roy Bradford Ulster Unionist
1995–96 Susan O'Brien Alliance
1996–97 Irene Cree Ulster Unionist
1997–98 Ruby Cooling DUP
1998–99 Marsden Fitzsimons Alliance
1999–00 Marion Smith Ulster Unionist
2000–01 Alan Chambers Independent
2001–02 Ian Henry Ulster Unionist
2002–03 Alan Graham DUP
2003–04 Anne Wilson Alliance
2004–05 Valerie Kinghan UK Unionist
2005–06 Roberta Dunlop Ulster Unionist
2006–07 Alan Leslie DUP
2007–08 Stephen Farry Alliance
2008–09 Leslie Cree Ulster Unionist
2009–10 Tony Hill Alliance
2010–11 John Montgomery DUP
2011–12 James McKerrow Ulster Unionist
2012–13 Wesley Irvine DUP
2013–14 Andrew Muir Alliance
2014–15 Peter Martin DUP

Review of Public AdministrationEdit

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council was due to merge with Ards in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 451 km² and a population of 149,567.[2] The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on 25 April 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011.[3] It took place in 2015.


The area covered by North Down Borough Council had a population of 78,937 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[4]


  1. ^ North Down council election results 1993–2011, ARK, accessed 13 January 2013
  2. ^ "Minister Foster announces decisions on Local Government Reform". DoE. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  3. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  4. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

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