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Ballymoney District

Ballymoney Borough
Geography
Area
- Total
Ranked 17th of 26
418 km²
Admin HQ Ballymoney
ISO 3166-2 GB-BLY
ONS code 95D
Demographics
Population
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked 25th
30,600
73 / km²
Community Catholic: 31.8%
Protestant: 63.1%
Politics
Control No overall control
DUP: 8
Sinn Féin: 3
UUP: 2
Independent: 1
SDLP: 1
TUV: 1
MLAs North Antrim
DUP: 3
Sinn Féin: 1
TUV: 1
UUP: 1
MPs Ian Paisley, Jr. (DUP)
Meeting place
Website
http://www.ballymoney.gov.uk

Ballymoney is a local government district with borough status in Northern Ireland. It is headquartered in Ballymoney. Other towns in the borough include Dervock, Dunloy, Cloughmills and Rasharkin. The borough has a population of 31,224 according to the 2011 census.

Creation

Ballymoney is one of twenty-six districts created on 1 October 1973. It took over the areas Ballymoney Urban District Council and most of the surrounding Ballymoney Rural District in County Antrim.[1]

Borough council

The borough is divided into three electoral areas which between them return 16 members. These are Ballymoney Town (5), Bann Valley (6) and Bushvale (5). Elections are conducted under the proportional representation single transferable vote system, and elections of the whole council are normally held every four years. The election due to take place in May 2009 was postponed in anticipation of the creation of eleven new councils in 2011.[2] The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the most recent district council elections took place in 2011[3]

As of February 2012 the political composition of the council was: 8 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 3 Sinn Féin, 2 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 1 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 1 Traditional Unionist Voice and 1 independent.[4]

In 1977 Ballymoney District Council successfully petitioned for a grant of a charter of incorporation, constituting the district a borough.[5]

Mayor of Ballymoney

The charter also created the office of mayor, who is chosen for a one year term at the council's annual meeting.

Year Name Political affiliation Deputy Deputy's affiliation
1977–81 Mary J. Holmes Independent Robert McComb Independent
1981–84 Charles Steele Democratic Unionist
1985–86 Charles Steele Democratic Unionist Joe Gaston Ulster Unionist
1986–87 Joe Gaston Ulster Unionist James Patterson Democratic Unionist
Robert Halliday Democratic Unionist
1988–89 Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist William Logan Ulster Unionist
1990–93 Joe Gaston Ulster Unionist Samuel McConaghie Democratic Unionist
Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist
Malachy McCamphill SDLP
1994–95 Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist Robert Wilson Democratic Unionist
1996–97 Joe Gaston Ulster Unionist Samuel McConaghie Democratic Unionist
1997–98 Frank Campbell Democratic Unionist William Logan Ulster Unionist
Samuel McConaghie Democratic Unionist
1999–00 William Logan Ulster Unionist Bill Kennedy Democratic Unionist
2000–01 Bill Kennedy Democratic Unionist Samuel McConaghie Democratic Unionist
John Finlay Democratic Unionist
2002–03 Frank Campbell Democratic Unionist Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist
2004–05 Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist Ian Stevenson Democratic Unionist
2006–07 John Finlay Democratic Unionist Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist
2007 – 08[6] John Finlay Democratic Unionist Harry Connolly SDLP
2008 – 09[6] John Finlay Democratic Unionist Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist
2009 – 10[7] Frank Campbell Democratic Unionist Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist
2010 – 11[4] Bill Kennedy Ulster Unionist Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist
2011 – 12[4] Ian Stevenson Democratic Unionist Thomas McKeown Ulster Unionist
2012 –[4] Evelyne L Robinson Democratic Unionist Cecil Cousley Democratic Unionist

Source: Freedom of Information request to Ballymoney Borough Council

Freedom of the town

In 2012 the Royal Irish Regiment and 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) were awarded the freedom of Ballymoney by the council. On both occasions the regiments held special marches through the town to celebrate the awards. Previous recipients of the award include the Royal Ulster Constabulary,Fire Brigade, Joey Dunlop,his brother Robert and former MP for the area Ian Paisley.[8][9]

Town twinning

In 2000, Ballymoney Borough Council twinned with the French town of Vanves. Since 2001, the council has been a sister city of Benbrook in Texas and building on its motorcycling history, is also linked to the borough of Douglas, Isle of Man.

Parliamentary and assembly representation

Together with the neighbouring districts of Ballymena and Moyle, it forms the North Antrim constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

Demographics

Ballymoney is Northern Ireland's fastest-growing town in terms of population. It is thought that this is because it is one of the most central places in Northern Ireland, being one hour from Belfast and one hour from Derry. Another reason is as a result of high house prices in the Coleraine/Portstewart/Portrush 'Triangle' areas shifting first-time buyers to the less expensive Ballymoney area.

The borough has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland, with the average male life expectancy at birth being 79.0 years and 82.6 years for females.[10]

See also

References

External links

  • Ballymoney Borough Council

Coordinates: 55°4′15″N 6°30′28″W / 55.07083°N 6.50778°W / 55.07083; -6.50778

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