About the Council Constitution
Ards and North Down Borough Council is required, under section 2 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014, to prepare and keep up to date a constitution.
The purpose of the constitution is to:
(a) enable the Council to provide clear leadership to the community, in partnership with citizens, businesses and other organisations;
(b) support the active involvement of citizens in the process of Council decision-making;
(c) help Councillors represent their constituents more effectively;
(d) enable decisions to be taken efficiently and effectively;
(e) create a powerful and effective means of holding decision-makers to public account;
(f) ensure that no one will review or scrutinise a decision in which they were directly involved;
(g) ensure that those responsible for decision-making are clearly identifiable to local people and that the decision-makers explain the reasons for decisions; and
(h) provide a means of improving the delivery of services to the community.