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Larne District

Coordinates: 54°51′18″N 5°50′17″W / 54.855°N 5.838°W / 54.855; -5.838

Larne Borough
Geography
Area
- Total
Ranked 21st of 26
336 km²
Admin HQ Larne
ISO 3166-2 GB-LRN
ONS code 95F
Demographics
Population
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked 24th
31,700
94 / km²
Community Catholic: 24.9%
Protestant: 68.2%
Politics
Control No overall control
DUP: 4
Alliance Party: 3
UUP: 3
Sinn Féin: 1
SDLP: 1
TUV: 1
Conservative: 1
MLAs East Antrim
DUP: 3
Alliance Party: 1
Sinn Féin: 1
UUP: 1
MPs Sammy Wilson (DUP)
Meeting place
Website
http://www.larne.gov.uk

Larne Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Its headquarters is in the town of Larne and the population of the area is 32,180 according to the 2011 census. Larne is one of the most modern roll on-roll off ferry ports in the United Kingdom with a busy passenger traffic with Scotland.

The Borough of Larne Borough is divided into 3 electoral areas: Larne Town, Larne Lough and Coast Road. At the last election in 2011 15 members were elected from the following political parties: 4 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 3 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 2 Independent, 3 Alliance Party,1 Traditional Unionist Voice,1 Sinn Féin and 1 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).The current Mayor is Councillor Bobby McKee MBE (DUP); the current Deputy Mayor is Councillor Gerardine Mulvenna (APNI).

Aldermen Jack McKee(TUV) and Roy Beggs(UUP) are the longest serving on the council

Together with the neighbouring district of Carrickfergus and part of Newtownabbey, it forms the East Antrim constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

Settlements and villages in the borough include Ballycarry, Islandmagee, Ballystrudder, Glynn, Magheramorne, Ballygalley, Cairnalbanagh, Glenarm and Carnlough.

See Also: Local Councils in Northern Ireland

2011 Election results

Party seats change +/-
Democratic Unionist Party 4 -1
Ulster Unionist Party 3 -1
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 3 +1
Independent 2 =
Sinn Féin 1 +1
Social Democratic and Labour Party 1 -1
Traditional Unionist Voice 1 +1

Review of Public Administration

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council was due to merge with Ballymena Borough Council and Carrickfergus Borough Council in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 1047 km² and a population of 127,101.[1] 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.[2]

Freedom of the Borough

In memory of a battle in the town of Musa Qala in Afghanistan in 2006, involving the Royal Irish Regiment, a new regimental march, composed by Chris Attrill and commissioned by Larne Borough Council, was gifted to the regiment on Saturday 1 November 2008 in Larne, during an event in which the regiment was also presented with the 'Freedom of the Borough'. This gave the regiment the right to march through the towns of the borough with 'flags flying, bands playing and bayonets fixed'. The march was named, 'Musa Qala'.[3]

Council services

References

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