Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council (Irish: Comhairle Cathrach Bhéal Feirste) is the local authority with responsibility for part of the city of Belfast, the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. The Council serves an estimated population of 333,871 (2011),[1] the largest of any district council in Northern Ireland, while being the smallest by area. Belfast City Council is the primary council of the Belfast Metropolitan Area, a grouping of six former district councils with commuter towns and overspill from Belfast, containing a total population of 579,276.[2]

Belfast City Council

Comhairle Cathrach Bhéal Feirste
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Type
Type
Leadership
Kate Nicholl, Alliance
Tom Haire, DUP
Structure
Seats60
Political groups
Executive (51)

  Sinn Féin (18)
  DUP (15)
  Alliance (9)
  SDLP (6)
  UUP (3)

Opposition (9)

  Green (NI) (4)
  People Before Profit (3)
  PUP (1)
  Independent (1)
Elections
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
2023
Meeting place
Belfast City Hall
Website
www.belfastcity.gov.uk

The Council is made up of 60 councillors, elected from ten district electoral areas across the city. It holds its meetings in the historic Belfast City Hall. The current Lord Mayor is Kate Nicholl of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.

As part of the 2014/2015 reform of local government in Northern Ireland the city council area expanded, and now covers an area that includes 53,000 additional residents in 21,000 households.[3] The number of councillors increased from 51 to 60. Elections to the expanded city council took place on 22 May 2014.[4]


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