Antrim and Newtownabbey
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Constituent country||Northern Ireland|
|Incorporated||1 April 2015|
|• Type||District council|
|• Body||Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council|
|• Total||220.9 sq mi (572.0 km2)|
|• Density||650/sq mi (250/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
Antrim and Newtownabbey is a local government district in Northern Ireland. The district was created on 1 April 2015 by merging the Borough of Antrim with the Borough of Newtownabbey. The local authority is Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
The district stretches 274 square miles (710 km2) from the lower River Bann and Lough Neagh to the shores of Belfast Lough. It has a population of 142,492. The name of the new district was recommended on 17 September 2008.
Main article: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council replaced Antrim Borough Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The first election for the new district council was originally due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until 2011. The first elections took place on 22 May 2014 and the council acted as a shadow authority until 1 April 2015.
The following people, military units and organisation and groups have received the Freedom of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey and its predecessors.