Ards and North Down Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Founded1 April 2015
Preceded byArds Borough Council
North Down Borough Council
Alderman Bill Keery, Democratic Unionist Party
Deputy Mayor
Councillor Karen Douglas, Alliance
Ards and North Down Borough Council 2019.svg
Political groups
  DUP (14)
  Alliance (10)
  UUP (8)
  Green (3)
  Independent (3)
  SDLP (1)
  TUV (1)
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place

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"[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
2019 2020 Bill Keery DUP

Deputy Mayor

From To Name Party
2015 2016 Carl McClean UUP
2016 2017 William Keery DUP
2017 2018 Gavin Walker Alliance
2018 2019 Eddie Thompson DUP
2019 2020 Karen Douglas Alliance


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 strengths

Party Elected
DUP 17 14 12
Alliance 7 10 10
UUP 9 8 8
Green (NI) 3 3 3
SDLP 1 1 1
TUV 1 1 1
Independents 2 3 5

Councillors by electoral area

Current council members
District electoral area Name Party
Ards Peninsula Robert Adair DUP
Joe Boyle SDLP
Nigel Edmund DUP
Edward Thompson DUP
Angus Carson UUP
Lorna McAlpine Alliance
Bangor Central Karen Douglas Alliance
Stephen Dunlop Green (NI)
Alistair Cathcart DUP
Craig Blaney UUP
Wesley Irvine ‡ Independent
Ray McKimm Independent
Bangor East and Donaghadee Mark Brooks UUP
Gavin Walker Alliance
David Chambers UUP
Janice MacArthur † DUP
Bill Keery ‡ Independent
Thomas Smith Independent
Bangor West Hannah Irwin † Alliance
Jennifer Gilmour DUP
Marion Smith UUP
Barry McKee Green (NI)
Scott Wilson Alliance
Comber Deborah Girvan Alliance
Philip Smith UUP
Robert Gibson DUP
Trevor Cummings DUP
Stephen Cooper TUV
Holywood and Clandeboye Martin McRandal † Alliance
Lauren Kendall †† Green (NI)
Gillian Greer Alliance
Peter Johnson † DUP
Carl McClean UUP
Newtownards Steven Irvine † Independent
Naomi Armstrong DUP
Vicky Moore † Alliance
Stephen McIlveen DUP
Colin Kennedy DUP
Richard Smart UUP
Alan McDowell Alliance

Co-opted to fill a vacancy since the election.
Changed party affiliation since the election.
Last updated 25 May 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.[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). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.