Ards and North Down Borough Council
|Founded||1 April 2015|
|Preceded by||Ards Borough Council|
North Down Borough Council
Alderman Bill Keery, Democratic Unionist Party
Councillor Karen Douglas, Alliance
|DUP (14) |
|2 May 2019|
Town Hall, Bangor Castle
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.
The district was originally called "North Down and Ards" but the council was known as "Ards and North Down District Council". 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. Negative public reaction to the proposed name prompted a rethink. The district name "Ards and North Down" was not finalised until 2016. The transfer of the borough charter from North Down Borough Council was delayed until after the district naming.
For the purpose of elections the council is divided into seven district electoral areas (DEA):
|Bangor East and Donaghadee||6|
|Holywood and Clandeboye||5|
|Current council members|
|District electoral area||Name||Party|
|Ards Peninsula||Robert Adair||DUP|
|Bangor Central||Karen Douglas||Alliance|
|Stephen Dunlop||Green (NI)|
|Wesley Irvine ‡||Independent|
|Bangor East and Donaghadee||Mark Brooks||UUP|
|Janice MacArthur †||DUP|
|Bill Keery ‡||Independent|
|Bangor West||Connie Egan||Alliance|
|Barry McKee||Green (NI)|
|Holywood and Clandeboye||Martin McRandal †||Alliance|
|Lauren Kendall ††||Green (NI)|
|Peter Johnson †||DUP|
† Co-opted to fill a vacancy since the election.
‡ Changed party affiliation since the election.
Last updated 2 March 2022.
For further details see 2019 Ards and North Down Borough Council election.
The area covered by the new borough has 156,672 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.
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