Monday, 10 December 2018

We must address carbon footprint before it’s too late

Ards and North Down is set to assess how it can become a Carbon Neutral Council I raised the issue at Council.

Recognising the importance of the issue, I have helped ensure the local authority will step up in the battle against climate change, aiming to create a low carbon future with officers set to start work on possible timescales for achieving carbon neutrality with unanimous decision of the Committee ratified by full Council at the end of November.

I'm pleased my Council colleagues have recognised the importance of this issue and backed me in my plans to see Ards and North Down lead the way when it comes to the fight against climate change.

Global action on Climate Change is now widespread focused both on reducing emissions and adapting how our environments, societies and assets are managed in response to the impacts of Climate Change.

In terms of reducing emissions, the International Community has already agreed to reduce global warming by two degrees Celsius requiring significant deep and challenging levels of decarbonisation.

As a Council we have a duty to play our part in these efforts striving towards carbon neutrality and are, I believe, up to the challenge as already proven in relation to, for example, our recycling efforts.

In joining me in this campaign my Council colleagues have sent a strong message that we all have a duty to create a sustainable future for the next generation.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Delighted to stand for re-election as Councillor alongside Gillian Greer for Holywood and Clandeboye Area

Cllr Andrew Muir and Gillian Greer
I am delighted to have been selected by the Alliance Party to stand for re-election to Ards and North Down Borough Council in the Holywood and Clandeboye Electoral Area ahead of the 2019 Local Government elections, scheduled for May.

I will be joined by local woman and Alliance Party North Down Chairperson Gillian Greer as the Party seeks to increase its number of Councillors for the area.

I am very grateful to have the full support of the Alliance Party behind me in my bid for re-election. It’s been an honour and privilege to serve the people as their Councillor since 2010 with lots delivered but so much more yet to do. 

Whether it be championing a shared, open and inclusive borough as Mayor, saving Cairn Wood, pushing for greater openness and transparency within the Council, securing restoration of Cultra Station House or standing up for the Rule of Law, the last eight years have flown by. 

Going forward I’ll continue to push for a progressive, open and accountable Council which delivers for all citizens and businesses with delivery of an ambitious master plan for the Kinnegar site following genuine consultation with local people one of my top priorities alongside completion of restoration work at 1 Stewart’s Place plus necessary Coastal Path upgrades to showcase Holywood & Clandeboye as a great place to live, work or invest.

Gillian added: “As a full time working Mum, I’m delighted to be able to step forward for the people of Holywood and Clandeboye and I’m looking forward to taking the Alliance Party’s message of a genuinely shared future to the voters of the area.

“I’m passionate about our area and I’ll stand up for what’s best for everyone – including challenging the on-going problems with Rathgael Road traffic and ensuring voices of local people heard with regards to Greenway plans along the Clandeboye Way and other routes.  I look forward to getting out and about meeting as many people as possible over the coming weeks and months.”