In 2014, people in Ards and North Down elected 40 councillors to represent them in their new borough. On 1 April 2015 the new council for Ards and North Down was established, serving a population of 157,000 over 228 square miles.
We have an annual operating budget of approximately £46 million and a workforce of almost 1,000, delivering a range of services to local residents. These include refuse collection and disposal, street cleaning, recycling, community development, economic development, environmental health, building control, leisure services, parks and play areas, arts and tourism.
We have new powers including planning, off-street parking and responsibility for Donaghadee Harbour. From 2016, we will also have responsibility for enhanced economic, physical and social regeneration.
Community planning is a further new power that will have a significant impact upon how we engage with our residents and empower them to help us make decisions for the new Borough.
This plan covers the first four years of the council, outlines our purpose, priorities and objectives. It describes our ambitions for how local services will be delivered more efficiently and effectively for everyone. It is supported by detailed operational plans and will regularly be reviewed through our performance management processes.
We recognise the many achievements of our two legacy councils (North Down Borough Council and Ards Borough Council) and are proud to build on what has been delivered to date. We believe our new, enlarged borough has the potential to be the best place to live, work, visit and invest in Northern Ireland and with the new powers we have received we have increased ambition to realise this goal.
We are interested to hear your feedback on the plan and any ways in which you would like to engage with us. To get in touch email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0300 013 3333.
The council's corporate plan is available in other formats. To request the information in a different format, contact Shirley Poxon, Policy Officer in Equality Department.
Telephone: 0300 013 3333