Newtownabbey Borough Council


Newtownabbey Borough Council was a Local Authority in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, on the north shore of Belfast Lough just immediately north of Belfast. The Council merged with Antrim Borough Council in April 2015 under local government reform in Northern Ireland to form Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Newtownabbey Borough
Area151 km2 (58 sq mi) 
Ranked 22nd of 26
District HQNewtownabbey
Catholic22.6%
Protestant67.8%
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Councillors
Websitewww.newtownabbey.gov.uk
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Floral sculpture on a roundabout in the borough showing a 3D representation of Newtownabbey Borough Council's logo

Newtownabbey was founded in 1958 as a result of an Act of Parliament passed in 1957[citation needed] and comprises large urban residential areas along with traditional farming communities. Its major industries include electronics, software and telecommunications development and agriculture. Council headquarters were at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey. Towns within the area included Ballyclare and Glengormley. The University of Ulster at Jordanstown is also in the area covered by the former Council.

The Newtownabbey Borough Council area consisted of four electoral areas: Antrim Line, Macedon, University, and Ballyclare. At the 2011 elections, 25 members were elected from the following political parties: 12 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 5 Alliance Party, 1 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and 2 Sinn Féin. At the Annual General Meeting of the Council on the first Monday in June each year the Mayor was elected and became the first citizen of the Borough.

In elections for the Westminster Parliament it was split between the East Antrim constituency, the South Antrim constituency and the North Belfast constituency.

In May 2015 Newtownabbey Borough Council merged with Antrim Borough Council to form the new Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council.

See also


Elections


When first created for the 1973 local elections, the council consisted of four electoral areas, named A, B, C and D, which elected 21 councillors. For the 1985 local elections, the number of electoral areas was increased to five: Manse Road, Doagh Road, Shore Road, Antrim Line and Ballyclare, each of which elected five councillors. Boundary changes again took effect for the 1993 local elections. The Doagh Road area, centred on Rathcoole was reduced from five to four wards. Consequently it gained the Whiteabbey and Cloughfern wards from the Shore Road district to form the new Macedon district. The Antrim Line district gained the Burnthill ward from the Manse Road district and the Mallusk ward from the Ballyclare district (which had gained a ward in the boundary changes.) The remaining seven wards of the Manse Road and Shore Road districts were combined to form the University district. In relation to the 1973–1981 districts, Ballyclare is similar to Area A, Macedon to Area B, University to Area C and Antrim Line to Area D.

Summary of seats won 1973–2011


1973197719811985198919931997200120052011
Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)98910111010965
Alliance (APNI)3632443125
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)345965281212
Independent Unionist (IU)3322431
Loyalist (Loy)21
Labour11111121
Unionist Party of Northern Ireland (UPNI)1
Independent (Ind)11
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)111211
Newtownabbey Ratepayers' Association (NRA)211
Ulster Democratic Party (UDP)11
Progressive Unionist Party (PUP)1
Sinn Féin (SF)112
United Unionist Coalition (UUC)11

Results for Labour are those for Robert Kidd and Mark Langhammer. Kidd was elected for the Northern Ireland Labour Party in 1973, as Independent Labour in 1977, for the Newtownabbey Labour Party in 1981, 1985 and 1997 and for Labour '87 in 1989. Langhammer was elected as Labour in 1993, 1997 and as an independent in 2001, though describing himself as "Labour" on the council website.[1]

Source:[2]

2011 Election results

Partyseatschange +/-
Democratic Unionist Party12=
Ulster Unionist Party5-1
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland5+3
Sinn Féin2+1
Social Democratic and Labour Party1=
Newtownabbey Ratepayers Association0-1
United Unionist Coalition0-1
Independent0-1

2005 Election results

Partyseatschange +/-
Democratic Unionist Party12+4
Ulster Unionist Party6-3
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland2+1
Sinn Féin1=
Social Democratic and Labour Party1-1
Newtownabbey Ratepayers Association1=
United Unionist Coalition1=
Independent1-1

Mayors


Review of Public Administration


Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the district was due to merge with Antrim Borough in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 572 km² and a population of 128,361.[3] The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on 25 April 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011.[4] On 1 April 2015 the new Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council took over responsibility for the area.

Population


The area covered by Newtownabbey Borough Council had a population of 85,139 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[5]

References


  1. see footnote on designations on the ARK website in the reference below
  2. Northern Ireland elections site, ARK, accessed 5 January 2012
  3. "Minister Foster announces decisions on Local Government Reform". DoE. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  4. Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  5. "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.