Friday, 17 July 2009

North Down Alliance Insight

June 2009: North Down Alliance celebrate excellent Euro Poll result

The recent European Parliamentary election result was high on the agenda when the Alliance Party in North Down met on Monday 29 June 2009.

All present at the Executive Committee for the North Down Association of the Alliance Party commended local Councillor Ian Parsley on the excellent result achieved. Committee members were delighted that the party achieved it’s best result since it first stood in European elections. All were in agreement with Ian Parsley’s comment following the election that "I hope this result has helped to restore the faith of young people in politics".

The group were also in agreement with David Ford’s comments as Party Leader when he stated "Ian fought an excellent campaign and this is a great result. His positive approach to politics is a breath of fresh air and the people of Northern Ireland have in this result recognised his massive potential. To have achieved our best result in a European election since 1979 shows that the future is extremely bright for Alliance."

Following discussion on the Euro Poll the committee discussed the forthcoming Summer Fair due to take place at the Marquis Hall, Castle Park, Bangor on Saturday 8 August 2009 from 10am. Arrangements were made for a wide array of stalls in order to ensure the event retains its popularity.

The issue of flags was raised and unanimous support given to local MLA Stephen Farry and North Down Mayor Councillor Tony Hill for the stances they have adopted concerning the matter.

An update was provided concerning Marine Gardens development at Queen’s Parade with everyone present encouraged to make a response to the consultation being undertaken by the Department for Social Development. North Down Alliance MLA reminded those present that the consultation deadline is Friday 24 July 2009.

Those present were also informed that the two new recycling facilities are now officially open with a general opinion expressed that North Down should be commended for taking the lead in encouraging people to reduce, reuse and recycle.

17 July 2009