Member of the NI Assembly for North Down

I am delighted to be selected by the Alliance Party to become the new North Down MLA. I will replace Stephen Farry following the latter’s election as North Down MP. I have served as Councillor for the Holywood area since 2010 and will resign the position before taking up the role as MLA early next week.

I served as Mayor of North Down between 2013-14, and have been leader of the Alliance group on Ards and North Down Borough Council since its formation in 2014. I look forward to tackling a number of issues as North Down MLA.

I am deeply honoured to be selected by my Alliance friends and colleagues to succeed Stephen Farry as MLA for North Down. I want to pay tribute to Dr Farry for the trail he blazed in the constituency, helping it become the progressive and inclusive area it is today.

I am coming into the role at a time when the Assembly is suspended and therefore one of my priorities as an MLA will be to play my role in helping restore Stormont, so it can deliver for all the people of North Down and further afield. That includes supporting the health service and local schools, pushing for infrastructure investment and helping tackle the climate emergency.

I am looking forward to building on my work as a Councillor and alongside Stephen Farry MP, provide a strong Alliance voice for all the people of North Down, serving them both in the constituency and at a restored Assembly.

Muir achieves Council support to encourage more upcycling, repair cafes and zero waste shops

Furniture upcycled by my Mum and Sister
I welcome decision by the Council's Environment Committee to unanimously endorse my proposal to encourage more upcycling, repair cafes and zero waste shops.

I presented my Motion seeking to build upon the great achievements made to date by our officers in the recycle agenda as part of the wider reduce, reuse and recycle strategy.

As we move into the next phase of our Waste Management efforts I took the opportunity to look at what's happening elsewhere and found a number of examples of how we could pursue the reuse agenda, conscious of some of the arrangements already in place. Ability to, for example, drop off redundant bicycles and appliances at Household Recycling Centres for subsequent refurbishment is already in place and extremely popular but there's more we could do.

Seeing how repair cafes operate elsewhere it would be great to see if we could trial one here in our Borough allowing people to bring items to get fixed rather than consigning them as waste.

Furniture upcycled by my Mum and Sister
"Repair Cafés are free meeting places and about repairing things together. In the place where a Repair Café is located, you'll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc. You'll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields." From https://repaircafe.org/en/

Opportunities for more upcycling would also be great, whether it be of clothes or furniture. My Mum and Sister manage to do all sorts of wonderful upcycling themselves but are keen to explore how to do more. Classes, events and other ways can make the process much easier.

Furniture upcycled by my Mum and Sister
In terms of zero waste shops, I have started to see these pop-up outside our Borough and hope officers can see what we can do locally to encourage more in Ards and North Down.

As we hopefully start to turn back from being a throwaway society I hope Council can provide residents with the tools to reuse items rather than seeing them go into the bin.

Motion presented by Alderman Muir and passed by Environment Committee on 4 December 2019, subject to ratification by Full Council meeting on 18 December 2019.  "That this Council asks officers to bring back a report on current range of services offered enabling reuse of items which otherwise would end up treated as waste and considers opportunities to support repair cafes, upcycling of clothes and furniture and provision of incentives for zero waste shops."

Muir welcomes Cairn Wood progress

I welcome progress concerning planned work at Cairn Wood after leading campaign to save the Forest in 2016 which garnered thousands of signatures and secured a u-turn in plans to sell to the highest bidder.

After the concerted efforts of many thousands of individuals I am glad to learn that Cairn Wood is both secure in public hands and work progressing on an extended car park, toilets and improving the walking trails. The walking trails will be made more suitable for family / casual cycling rather than mountain biking in light of consultation responses received by Council. A trail designer has been commissioned to develop detailed plans. Work on the toilets and extending the car park is due to be completed by end of March 2020 and by end of October 2020 concerning the trails.

I will monitor progress over the months ahead to ensure planned works occur and seek to keep people updated as we build a sustainable future for the popular forest. Many thanks to the many people in 2016 whose collective efforts helped ensure secure future for the Forest together with those engaging, responding to the consultations and working to improve Cairn Wood for future generations to enjoy.

Details concerning a few Planning Applications in relation to Cairn Wood from Council Officer:

LA06/2019/1032/F - Cairn Wood Car Park – Works anticipated to commence 20th January and completing 31st March 2020.

Cairn Wood Toilet Block – preparation of the planning application package is currently in progress and submission of the planning application is expected in December. Works anticipated to commence 1st March and complete on the 27th March 2020.

LA06/2019/0848/PAN – Forest trail enhancement scheme at Cairn Wood – currently at Planning Application Notice stage and submission of the major planning application is anticipated in December 2019. Works anticipated to commence 1st May and complete at the end of October 2020.

Muir welcomes progress concerning Redburn Square Subway, Holywood

I have welcomed progress achieved in upgrading the Redburn Square Subway in Holywood which runs under the busy A2 Bangor to Belfast Road.

Following ratification of the cross party motion in September calling for action to address the dilapidated state of the Redburn Square Subway I welcome the response received from Department for Infrastructure and agreement by Council Committee to call for a site meeting to consider further actions required to upgrade the subway.

The response from Department for Infrastructure outlines lighting upgrades undertaken, replacement of damaged nosings on steps, removal of graffiti and offers a site meeting which Corporate Committee on 12 November 2019 agreed to request at the recommendation of myself

The Redburn Square Subway is a main gateway into the Town but unfortunately does not give a great impression. So many letters and emails have been exchanged with Transport NI by many elected representatives requesting action but unfortunately progress has been slow.

Whilst the dilapidated state is of concern, the possible impact is of even higher concern with some people avoiding use of the subway and trying to cross the busy A2 instead. With 40,000 vehicles a day travelling along this road the sight of people dodging vehicles to cross the road makes me feel sick with dread.

I am therefore encouraged by the small but important upgrades actioned to date and look forward to speaking with Department for Infrastructure representatives to outline the need for further work, cleaning up the subway, introducing enhanced lighting and signage to encourage people to use the safe way to cross the A2.

A Notice of Motion debated at Corporate Committee in September and subsequently ratified by Council stated “That this Council agrees to write to Transport NI outlining our concerns in relation to the dilapidated state of Redburn Square A2 Subway, road safety concerns arising as a result and, in light of such, the need for full upgrade with a site meeting to be requested involving Transport NI representatives plus Councillors for the DEA.”.

Muir welcomes Cairn Wood consultation

Alderman Muir at Cairn Wood
I have welcomed consultation commenced by Ards and North Down Borough Council which could see over a quarter of a million pounds invested into Cairn Wood Forest.

The proposed works would involve seating, wayfinding, information panels, improved entrance, extension to the current car park plus development of a wildflower meadow alongside improvements and expansion of walking trails and possible creation of a separate family cycle and mountain bike trails

After leading the campaign to Save Cairn Wood which saw thousands of people taking action and successful in their efforts to keep the Forest in public hands I was delighted to learn earlier this year that public ownership transferred from NI Water to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) on 1 April 2019.

News now received that DAERA could fund up to 75% of £275,000 investment into the Forest by end of March 2020 under their Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Scheme to cover Phase One of works is welcome news for such a much loved asset which risked being sold off to the highest bidder only a few years ago.

With sign off due soon of the Memorandum of Understanding and Licence with Council to develop and operate the paths and Forest generally and consultation now commenced on proposed works a much brighter future seems to be the horizon for Cairn Wood.

I would encourage everyone with an interest in the future of the forest to engage with the consultation either online or by attending the public meeting scheduled for next week to ensure all views at captured and a clear plan developed which attracts the widest possible support as together we build a brighter, greener and sustainable future for the Forest.

More details on the consultation including the Public Consultation Event on Tuesday 20 August 2pm to 7pm at Ards Leisure Centre can be found at https://www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/about-the-council/consultations/outdoor-recreation-scheme-proposed-for-cairn-wood

Muir welcomes Trevor Street resurfacing plans in Holywood

Current state of Trevor Street
I have welcomed plans to resurface both the road and pavement at Trevor Street in Holywood after concerted lobbying for action.

With the road in an awful state of disrepair containing old coal tar and pavements a complete mess with weeds and grass growing amongst the slabs I am delighted that Transport NI now plan to resurface the road and lay a new pavement after months of sustained lobbying. 

Whilst this will result in a long closure over the month of August the end result should be a much more attractive street which is rightly a popular place to live. The residents deserve good quality road and pavements and hopefully will not face undue disruption as this is finally delivered by Transport NI to whom I wish to express my thanks for taking forward this project in the face of tight budgets and many competing pressures

Alliance encourages public to report odours to help plug the pong

Chris Lyttle MLA and Alderman
Andrew Muir at Tillysburn Stream
East Belfast Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle and myself are encouraging local people to report any malodours after meeting with Senior NI Environment Agency (NIEA) and NI Water personnel to discuss concerns relating to malodours and pollution at the Tillysburn Stream which runs from Tillysburn roundabout, behind IKEA towards B and Q and adjoins the Kinnegar lagoons which have been remediated following £4.5million investment by NI Water after years of lobbying by myself.

With local Holywood residents still experiencing malodours I was keen to meet with officials alongside Chris Lyttle MLA for East Belfast to discuss possible causes especially after previous reports that East Belfast's ageing sewage network may be contributing to the problem.

I would like to thank NIEA and NI Water representatives for taking the time to meet on-site and discuss the issue. Whilst  investment in upgrade of sewage system can only but improve the situation it was felt that this may not be the key cause. Members of the public are therefore to be encouraged to promptly report any malodours to the Pollution Hotline via telephoning 0800 807060 or email emergency-pollution@daera-ni.gov.uk to enable further investigation into possible causes. It was also felt that the natural effect of aerobic decomposition of sediment and tidal movements could be a cause but until a definitive pattern is found concerning when and where odours are experienced officials cannot pin point the exact cause.

Chris Lyttle Alliance MLA for East Belfast remarked "This was a useful and informative meeting proving yet again the need for investment and also for any malodours to be reported to enable thorough investigation. As a Member of the NI Assembly I will continue to lobby for NI Water to receive sufficient funding to enable delivery of fit for purpose water and sewage infrastructure which minimises pollution incidents".

Lighting up Ards Town Hall for LGBT Awareness Week positive progress towards an inclusive Borough

Ards Town Hall was illuminated in Rainbow colours on Monday 13 May 2019 to mark the start of LGBT Awareness Week.

I warmly welcome this small but important step after initially making the proposal last year.

Lighting up Ards Town Hall in Rainbow colours by Ards and North Down Borough Council as part of efforts to mark LGBT Awareness Week helps us to build a truly inclusive Borough for everyone reaching out to LGBT citizens, their family, friends and colleagues making it known they are valued and welcome members of our society. 

With the proposal passed by only one vote I would like to thank all the Councillors who voted in favour and look forward to yet further progress by the Council towards building a Borough which embraces and positively celebrates diversity. 

Thank you to everyone who voted Alliance

I would like to thank every single person who came out to vote Alliance demanding better and can assure them that we will work relentlessly hard to deliver better with work already underway to deliver upon the trust place in the Alliance Party. This election has sent a powerful message about the desire for positive, progressive and practical politics with ten out of the ten Alliance candidates fielded in Ards and North Down all elected and many topping the poll. 

I have waited my entire life for the political change that swept across Northern Ireland last week with more and more new progressive people elected from the shadows of our old divisive politics of the past committed to building a new Northern Ireland which is modern, open, inclusive, and outward looking. 

In contrast to the impasse at the Assembly and Brexit-inspired deadlock at Westminster, Councils are the only tier of local government still functioning. While things are stagnating elsewhere, we are determined to make Local Government work for local people focused on solutions not problems and open and transparent politics which engages with communities and engenders trust.

Councillor Andrew Muir, Alliance Party Councillor for Holywood and Clandeboye Electoral Area and Alliance Party Group Leader, Ards and North Down Borough Council

Muir welcomes news Cairn Wood now safely in public ownership

Councillor Muir at Cairn Wood
I welcome news that Cairn Wood has now transferred into public ownership with NI Water recently writing to me to confirm that it was transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) on 1 April 2019.

After a concerted campaign I am delighted to learn that Cairn Wood has now been saved with potential sale to the highest bidder no longer a possibility. The thousands who signed my petition, protested and lobbied government have delivered a secure future for Cairn Wood proving that people power delivers.

Transfer of monies from the Department of Agriculture to NI Water for the land ensures that Cairn Wood will remain in public hands for the enjoyment by future generations. I am thrilled to be informed of this news after writing to NI Water earlier in the year seeking progress on the issue with the same dogged determination I first demonstrated when I learned of plans to sell of the Forest in November 2015.

The next step to be taken is signing off the Memorandum of Understanding and Licence with Ards and North Down Borough Council to develop and operate the paths and Forest generally. This work has been well progressed and if re-elected I intend to press hard to ensure Council concludes discussions and proceeds with work to ensure Cairn Wood is properly maintained in close consultation with users and stakeholders.

Alliance due to meet NI Water & NI Environment Agency to end pollution of Tillysburn Stream

North Down and East Belfast Alliance representatives have joined forces and are due to meet both Northern Ireland Water and the NI Environment Agency after the cause of pollution of the Tillysburn Stream was recently revealed. Pollution of the stream has resulted in malodours for local residents with Holywood householders regularly complaining about the awful smell.

After receiving reports of malodours from local people in Kinnegar and along the Belfast Road in Holywood late last year I immediately made contact with NI Water seeking answers as to the possible cause. This resulted in a site visit to the Kinnegar Waste Water Treatment works which are now operating correctly after the multi million pound investment I secured a number of years ago to end discharge of sewage into the Kinnegar Lagoons which had been causing a nuisance for decades.

During my site visit we did however also inspect Tillysburn Stream with malodours clearly evident. Tillysburn Stream is a stretch of water running from Tillysburn Roundabout to back of IKEA, Holywood Exchange and B&Q. As a result of this visit to Tillysburn Stream I made contact with Belfast Harbour Commissioners, who own the area in question but they were unfortunately unable to establish the root cause of the problem.  I therefore referred the issue to the NI Environment Agency who have now responded stating:

There are a number of NI Water Combined Sewer Overflows which discharge into the Tillysburn Stream. Previous investigations have found that these CSOs discharge during wet weather and may be contributing to the malodours you refer to. NIW are currently working on the East Belfast Drainage Area Plan, this plan will identify NIW assets which require investment in order to improve and protect the environment for East Belfast. The Drainage Area Plan will include the CSOs discharging into the Tillysburn Stream. Delivery of the improvements will be dependent on NIW funding.

Discharging sewage into the Tillysburn Stream is not acceptable nor can it continue with residents wrongly forced to endure awful odours and local wildlife present along the Tillysburn Lagoons required to inhabit filthy dirty water. I therefore intend to use the meeting to press both NI Water and the NI Environment Agency for dates and commitments to end the pollution. Local people and wildlife should no longer have to endure the pollution forced upon them as a result of lack of investment in our sewage infrastructure.”

East Belfast Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle commented “We have already seen the benefits of investment made in our sewage and waste water network across East Belfast but much more is needed to bring Belfast up to the standards required to ensure pollution incidents are minimised and our rivers and streams remain clean and places where wildlife can flourish. I look forward to meeting the NI Water and NIEA officials and will be doing all I can to ensure adequate and prompt investment in our infrastructure”.

Muir expresses concern following Holywood Pollution Incident

I have expressed concern following a pollution incident in Holywood last week which saw sewage discharged into a local river.

On 26 March I was contacted by a concerned resident reporting discharge of raw sewage into the Croft Burn and associated malodour. Upon reporting the issue to the NI Environment Agency Pollution Hotline it quickly became apparent that the cause of the pollution was a block Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) on Victoria Road, Holywood.

Whilst I am grateful for NI Water for unblocking the CSO on 28 March I am concerned that this issue occurred in the first place and have therefore contacted NI Water to establish cause of the blockage so we can avoid any future re occurrences.  

NIEA response: I am happy to confirm that this incident was investigated this morning and the source established as a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) on Victoria Road with the cause likely to be a blockage. Northern Ireland Water have been working on this today in order to restore the flow in the sewer and thus stop the discharge. I would expect rapid improvement in the watercourse over the next few days but we shall be keeping it under observation to ensure this is the case. I have also notified a number of residents who contacted ourselves directly yesterday evening.

Carbon Neutral Council progress welcomed

I have thanked Council officers for progressing proposals that the Local Authority become Carbon Neutral, potentially leading the way as the first Council in Northern Ireland to achieve this status.

After proposing that Ards and North Down Borough Council work to become a Carbon Neutral Council in October last year I am delighted to now receive a report from Council officers providing a useful update on work to achieve this important status.

With the world now in the midst of a Climate Emergency the need for action to avert potentially devastating consequences of global warming is of paramount importance with just 12 years remaining to act on climate change to prevent a catastrophe 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, work done via procurement procedures to ensure
contracts with energy providers encourage the use of green energy with energy efficiency of Council buildings reviewed on a quarterly basis.

I am very grateful to Council officers for work undertaken and research planned to enable development practical ways as part of wider goal to achieve carbon neutrality and look forward to further updates as Ards and North Down Borough Council travels its’ journey towards a more environmentally friendly carbon neutral future”

Notice of Motion proposed in October 2018 “That this Council agrees that Climate Change is one of the biggest global challenges of our time, affirms that Council has an important leadership role in creating a low carbon future and accordingly requests that officers bring back a report on the possibilities of Ards and North Down Borough Council becoming a Carbon Neutral Council including possible timescales for achieving carbon neutrality.

Muir welcomes plans for Service of Thanksgiving for Emergency Services

I warmly welcome the decision by a recent Council Committee to organise an Annual Multi Denominational Service of Thanksgiving for the Emergency Services and First Responders after he first proposed such an event in June 2018. The Committee decision was unanimous and ratified by Full Council at the end of March 2019.

I am delighted to see this initiative being progressed after first proposing such an Annual Service last year based upon the example set by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council who were involved in organising a Service in conjunction with local Churches for members of the Emergency Services and First Responders. The Service included an opportunity for those in attendance to learn about work undertaken by such organisations and involved a collection for NI Air Ambulance which is based within their Council area.

Those working in the Emergency Services and First Responders do a fantastic job across our Borough as everyday heroes, there when we need them most and very often going well beyond the call of duty to help others hence my proposal to recognise their courageous service in an inclusive Multi Denominational manner for those who choose to attend.

Representatives of both the Ards and Bangor Clergy Groups are supportive of and willing to be involved in such a service with Emergency Services and First Responder Groups expressing enthusiasm for the service and a willingness to be actively involved with the invitation to attend and participate in the Service to be circulated more widely to all emergency responder groups, including the NI Coastguard, NI Air Ambulance and other charitable and voluntary organisations, e.g. RNLI. The first service will be held on the afternoon of either Sunday, 1 September or Sunday, 8 September 2019 and held outdoors (to increase inclusivity), with the location rotating year on year between Bangor and Newtownards.

I would like to thank Council officers for their hard work in progressing this initiative and look forward to attending the inaugural event in September providing an opportunity to show our appreciation and support for the extraordinary commitment, service, courage and professionalism of our Emergency Services and First Responders.

Muir welcomes Council moves to address impact of new Road Closure legislation

I have welcomed the decision reached at the Council’s Environment Committee on 6 March 2019 to set aside funds to help local community and voluntary groups to overcome the effects of new and much criticised Road Closure legislation. The decision is subject to ratification by full Council.

Pushed through just as the Northern Ireland Assembly was collapsing, the new Special Events on Roads legislation is continuing to have a detrimental impact upon community and voluntary groups bringing ridiculous levels of bureaucracy and significant fees just as we are trying to encourage active lifestyles and community participation.

With Groomsport 10K / Half Marathon now cancelled, Ards Half Marathon not held in 2018 and Holywood May Day Festivities previously endangered as a result of this legislation I am keen to find a much more satisfactory situation whilst recognising limited Council powers in the absence of the NI Executive to repeal this bad law. I therefore tabled a Motion in June last year on the issue and am delighted to see Council officers now present a number of proposals which will help mitigate impact of the legislation.

A much improved situation is now on the horizon with the £100 cost of advertising events proposed by community/voluntary groups now to be waived and funds set aside from the Recycling Community Investment Fund to cover some of the costs incurred. I would like to thank Council officers for the work undertaken and will keep the issue under review whilst we wait for devolved government to be re-established to get rid of this unreasonable law.

Motion proposed by Councillor Muir in June 2018 and agreed by Ards and North Down Borough Council: “That this Council requests that officers bring back a report on how the new legislation and arrangements concerning Special Events on Roads – road (Miscellaneous Provision) Act (NI) 2010 has been operating one year after enactment ton 4 September 2017 including costs charged compared to other Councils and with a specific focus concerning impact upon charitable / not for profit organisations and sporting events.”

Previous statements concerning issue:

Muir reports Kinnegar malodours to NI Environment Agency

Councillor Muir at Kinnegar Lagoons
I have referred the on-going malodours in the vicinity of the Kinnegar area to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency requesting assistance in eliminating  the regular foul smells, for good.

A number of years previously NI Water made a multi-million pound investment in Kinnegar Waste Water Treatment Plant after a long running campaign led by myself to stop pollution of Kinnegar Lagoons and associated malodours arising.

I have visited the site with NI Water officials and from initial investigations cause of previous malodours has been substantially addressed. During visit to the site we did however also inspect Tillysburn Stream and malodours were evident. Tillysburn Stream is a stretch of water running from Tillsburn Roundabout to back of IKEA, Holywood Exchange and B&Q.

Photo taken on Thursday 17 January 2019 during
Councillor Andrew Muir’s NI Water site
As a result of this visit of Tillysburn Stream I made contact with Belfast Harbour Commissioners, who we understand own the area in question. In conversation with an official from Belfast Harbour I was informed that annual clean-up of the stream had occurred in October 2018 before the anticipated storms in order to prevent flooding, clearing out debris to ensure culvert which links the stream with Belfast Lough was cleared. This has apparently occurred since 2010 with shell and sediment removed as part of the works ensuring the water was free flowing.

With these works occurring from 2010 the root cause of the problem has still not been established hence I have now referred the issue to the NI Environment Agency seeking assistance in addressing this issue. Local people have suffered from the problem for far too long and I will not rest until it’s resolved

Before and after photos from NI Water of Kinnegar Lagoons

Before and after photos from NI Water of Kinnegar Lagoons

Alliance extremely disappointed Department sees no benefit in discussing Residents Parking Schemes for other areas

Alliance Councillor Karen Douglas, Alliance Alderman Alan McDowell and I are extremely disappointed after the Department for Infrastructure confirmed it saw "no benefit" in extending a Residents Parking Schemes to other areas and have refused request to make a deputation to Council.

Councillor Karen Douglas, Alderman Alan McDowell and I have both campaigned for the scheme to be extended to problem areas across the Borough – including Holywood and Bangor Town Centres, after a successful piloting of the scheme in South Belfast.

Effectiveness of these schemes is now clear following the pilot South Belfast enabling residents in local areas to more easily access their property and undertake important tasks without the worry they may never get parked close to home. I am therefore extremely disappointed that the residents of North Down are still being denied the opportunity to get some respite years after the Department initially promised roll out of Residents Parking Schemes across Northern Ireland.

Not only am I disappointed the move has been ruled out, but I'm both shocked and saddened that the Department is not even prepared to discuss the issue in any further detail despite the democratically expressed will of Ards and North Down Borough Council in requesting that Department for Infrastructure make a deputation to Council about the issue.

Ards and North Down Borough Council have therefore written to the Department for Infrastructure urging them to re-think their decision to refuse the invitation attend one of our Committee meetings.

Councillor Karen Douglas stated: "It has taken a long time to receive the answer to our campaign, with Alliance first proposing these schemes be introduced locally in May 2018. What the Department seems to forget is how people's everyday lives are impacted, which, if implemented, would have been an important step in making lives easier, allowing residents to park near their homes, without having to search for a space and having to carry groceries and other items a further distance.

"If the Department had taken the time to investigate this further, it would have recognised the need and want is there.  In 2012 Alliance conducted a survey on the issue, with 97 percent of respondents wanting to see a scheme in place.  Within that 86 percent want it in operation all week, with 58 per cent wanting to see it enforced 24 hours a day and the remaining opinion split between 8am-6pm and 8am-10pm.  You can sure these numbers will only have gone up with more and more vehicles on the road.

"Rest assured Alliance will continue to push for this scheme to become a reality at the earliest opportunity."

In May 2018 Ards and North Down Borough Council unanimously agreed motion proposed by me “that this Council agrees to write to the Department for Infrastructure requesting they make a deputation to Council concerning Residents’ Parking Schemes, lessons learnt to date and future plans for roll out.”

In January 2019 Ards and North Down Borough Council unanimously agreed on the proposal of Councillor Muir, seconded by Alderman Carson, that "the Council writes back to the Department expressing its disappointment and asks it to reconsider the Council’s invitation"