1985 Ballymena Borough Council election
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All 23 seats to Ballymena Borough Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party DUP UUP SDLP
Seats won 15 6 1
Seat change Increase 2 Increase 1 Increase 1

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Ind U Independent
Seats won 1 0
Seat change Steady Decrease 2

Elections to Ballymena Borough Council were held on 15 May 1985 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used four district electoral areas to elect a total of 23 councillors.

Election results

Ballymena Borough Council Election Result 1985[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  DUP 15 2 0 Increase2 65.2 55.6 12,014 Increase0.1
  UUP 6 1 0 Increase1 26.1 28.6 6,190 Decrease1.4
  SDLP 1 1 0 New 4.3 6.3 1,367 New
  Ind U 1 0 0 Steady 4.3 5.6 1,204 Increase2.1
  Independent 0 0 2 Decrease2 0.0 4.0 856 Decrease6.6

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Ballymena Borough Council election, 1985
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
DUP UUP SDLP Others
Ballymena Town 37.7 3 22.8 2 21.0 1 18.5 1 7
Braid Valley 48.5 3 35.3 2 0.0 0 16.2 0 5
Kells Water 73.6 5 26.4 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 6
The Main 68.8 4 31.2 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 5
Total 55.6 15 28.6 6 6.3 1 9.5 2 23

Districts results

Ballymena Town

1985: 3 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Independent Unionist

Ballymena Town - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SDLP Patrick McAvoy 17.33% 1,126            
Ind U Samuel Henry* 13.48% 876            
UUP Robert Coulter 12.22% 794 794.28 807.58 886.58      
UUP Gordon Wilson* 6.20% 403 403.56 419.17 581.16 711.3 775.3 841.22
DUP Maurice Mills* 10.89% 708 708.28 711.71 722.99 753.18 756.18 764
DUP Richard McKeown 9.85% 640 640.84 642.94 644.08 677.99 679.99 691.12
DUP Robert Maternaghan* 8.66% 563 563.28 566.22 571.36 635.41 637.41 639.32
DUP John Wilson 8.28% 538 538 539.33 550.89 589.45 591.45 600.37
SDLP Malachy Reynolds 3.71% 241 550.12 552.29 555.43 565.99 565.99  
Ind U James Alexander* 5.05% 328 329.4 340.67 352.72      
UUP Warren Wray 4.34% 282 282 288.72        
Electorate: 12,497   Valid: 6,499 (52.00%)   Spoilt: 105   Quota: 813   Turnout: 6,604 (52.84%)  

Braid Valley

1985: 3 x DUP, 2 x UUP

Braid Valley - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP John Armstrong* 11.85% 628 981          
UUP Margaret Alexander 11.81% 626 635 925        
UUP Desmond Armstrong* 14.28% 757 794 921        
DUP Samuel Hanna* 14.07% 746 787 829 850.33 869.58 892.2  
DUP John Porter 13.66% 724 753 778 850.63 865.88 875.16 882.36
Independent James Woulahan* 16.15% 856 857 860 860 865.25 869.89 870.79
UUP Harbinson McCullough 9.24% 490 493          
DUP Samuel Martin 8.94% 474            
Electorate: 7,829   Valid: 5,301 (67.71%)   Spoilt: 110   Quota: 884   Turnout: 5,411 (69.11%)  

Kells Water

1985: 5 x DUP, 1 x UUP

Kells Water - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
UUP William Brownlees* 17.86% 856      
DUP John McAuley* 17.63% 845      
DUP Roy West* 16.60% 796      
DUP Martin Clarke* 14.50% 695      
DUP Edwin Maternaghan* 12.04% 577 586.4 693.37  
DUP David McClintock 12.83% 615 623.4 657.41 753.17
UUP Victoria Brownlees 8.55% 410 558.8 570.96 579.92
Electorate: 9,621   Valid: 4,794 (49.83%)   Spoilt: 133   Quota: 685   Turnout: 4,927 (51.21%)  

The Main

1985: 4 x DUP, 1 x UUP

The Main - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
DUP Roy Gillespie* 21.36% 1,076      
DUP Tommy Nicholl* 19.06% 960      
DUP Sandy Spence* 15.80% 796 831.64 925.48  
DUP Hubert Nicholl 12.57% 633 792.94 804.7 876.75
UUP Ian Johnston* 16.12% 812 834.88 838.24 841.76
UUP William Wright* 15.09% 760 774.08 777.92 782.43
Electorate: 8,309   Valid: 5,037 (60.62%)   Spoilt: 213   Quota: 840   Turnout: 5,250 (63.18%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1985-1989: Ballymena". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 1985". EONI. Retrieved 9 July 2021.