Mayor's 2014 New Year message

Since becoming Mayor I have had the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and organisations across the Borough. Whether it’s community groups, businesses, sports clubs or government bodies I have been amazed by the vast range of positive work being undertaken to ensure North Down remains the best place to live, work, visit or invest in.

With World Police & Fire Games Medal Winners
Opportunity to serve as Mayor is a great privilege and opportunity to make a positive difference. Under my theme “Working as One” I have been able to work to join up efforts of the different organisations I have met, focused on building an Inclusive, Prosperous, Active and Healthy society.

Whether it’s been welcoming the Princess Royal to officially open Bangor Aurora Aquatic Leisure Complex, opportunity to celebrate life of St Columbanus and meet President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, championing work of the Mayor’s Charities (North Down YMCA, Camphill and Mark Pollock Trust), hosting an event at the Town Hall on how to tackle Homelessness in the Borough, be the first Mayor to speak at local GAA Awards Dinner or to welcome athletes from across the world for World Police and Fire Games I feel a great sense of achievement.

Just over half way through my Mayoral term I remain passionate to achieve much more over the remaining six months, determined to ensure positive change as the inclusive Mayor for everyone.

With economic situation slowly recovering, Public Realm works due to commence in Bangor and Holywood Town Centres during 2014, merger of North Down and Ards Councils approaching in 2015 and 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of First World War in 2014 we face perhaps momentous times with many challenges and opportunities.

Together, Working as One we can overcome these challenges and grasp the opportunities presented to build an inclusive society for everyone. I look forward to serving you all as Mayor in 2014 and wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year.