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Welcome to the January issue of Borough Life, our residents’ magazine.


It gives me great pleasure as Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.






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It’s the time of year again when we think about New Year’s Resolutions, so don’t forget about the activities on offer to keep you active in our leisure or community centres. For those of you who, like me, are over 60, you can now take advantage of free swimming at the Antrim Forum, Sixmile Leisure Centre or Valley Leisure Centre. Make sure you keep healthy and take to the water for 2017. I would like to personally thank each of you for helping the Council become the top recycling Council in Northern Ireland. This is fantastic news for the environment. We are continually finding new ways to help you recycle more and your support and enthusiasm for this is key to our Borough’s great recycling performance. I am halfway through my year as Mayor and already I have met so many wonderful people across the Borough. I am looking forward to the rest of my term and the opportunities it gives me to see first-hand the great work going on across Antrim and Newtownabbey. I hope you all have an enjoyable 2017 and please use our Winter Wise tips to ensure you and your family remain safe this winter. Councillor John Scott Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey The magazine is available in alternative formats, please contact us for more information.


The magazine is delivered to postal areas BT29, BT36, BT37, BT39, BT41 and our residents in BT38. If it is not delivered to any of your neighbours living in these areas, please let us know.


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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU To kick start your new year healthy lifestyle, why not become a member of our fantastic fitness suites? Across the Borough we have five leisure centres each offering a wide range of activities and facilities to help you get fit and active. With a variety of membership options and activities on offer, there is something to suit everyone. Memberships include: • Unlimited use of the fitness suites • Unlimited use of health suites and swimming pools in Antrim Forum, Sixmile and Valley Leisure Centres • Free selected classes with 7 day advance booking • Free induction and personalised fitness programme • No contract and no joining fee*

*3 month cash-upfront membership or non-renewal within 1 month is subject to £15 administration charge. If you are interested in taking out a fitness membership, please contact your nearest leisure centre to book an appointment with one of the membership advisors who will be happy to help. Don’t worry if the fitness suite is not for you! There are a range of other activities available throughout the Borough



that can keep you active such as swimming, badminton, golf, bowls and walking. For more information visit

EASY ONLINE BOOKING Our fitness classes are very popular and many require advance booking. Why not book your classes online at a time that is convenient to you? Register for online booking at You don’t have to be a member, simply click on the leisure centres page and then online bookings. You can also book into any of our fitness classes by contacting the leisure centre reception. Don’t forget to give us your email address so we can keep you up to date with information, events and special offers. Just speak to Reception staff on your next visit.

TODDLER MORNINGS AT PLAYZONE Are you looking for something to entertain the younger kids in the mornings? Why not come along to our Parent and Toddler mornings at Playzone in the Valley Leisure Centre. Every Wednesday and Friday, 10am - 11.30am; £2.50 per child; includes snacks and drinks. Suitable for children up to 4 years, these sessions are a great way for children to make friends and burn off some energy, whilst letting the parents socialise too.

Fancy something outdoors? Come along to the Eco Toddler Group in Playzone where children can learn to plant, grow and look after their own flowers and vegetables. They can even have a go at making crafts from lots of recycled materials. Every Thursday, 10am - 11.30am; £2.50 per child; includes snacks and drinks.


For more information contact Gayle Millar T. 028 9086 1211 E. gayle.millar@

Don’t forget… kids can also run, jump, climb and have fun at Caveman Capers Indoor Soft Play area at Antrim Forum.

HOCKEY PITCHES The Council is committed to continually improving the facilities throughout the Borough and just a few months ago, officially opened the newly refurbished Allen Park Sports Hub which underwent a multi-million pound development project. Very recently the new look hockey pitches at Antrim Forum and Valley Leisure Centre opened following an investment of almost £400,000. The pitches now have state-of-the-art surfaces and are already proving to be popular and well used by local hockey clubs and schools. Replacing the pitch surfaces and providing facilities to meet demand will support the sustainability and future development of hockey for many of our local clubs and players within the Borough.

Local hockey stars such as the Gleghorne brothers who recently competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, were brought up using the facilities in our Borough and this new investment will ensure that we can provide more sporting stars of the future.


If your school or club is interested in using the pitches contact Antrim Forum T. 028 9446 3113 Valley Leisure Centre T. 028 9086 1211

KIDS ACTIVITIES There are lots of activities and programmes to keep the kids active this new year. Taking place in our leisure and community centres, activities include Activ8 Wildcats, Dodgeball, Gymnastics, Sprocket Rocket and Football.


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OVER 60? STAY ACTIVE WITH FREE SWIMMING Swimming in our pools is now FREE if you are over 60. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned swimmer, want a bit of gentle exercise or you’re a complete beginner, there has never been a better time to dive into our pools. If you are over 60 and a resident of the Borough, bring proof of age to the centre on your first visit and register for an Activity Card*. Not only will you be able to use the pools free of charge, you will also get discount on lots of other activities. Swimming is an ideal activity for older people as it is low impact and there is little risk of injury. * £2 charge for the card

Not only does exercise in the water give you an


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all over body workout but it has lots of added benefits as well: • Improves the health of your heart as well as lowering blood pressure and improving your circulation which can help reduce the risk of heart and lung disease • It’s easy on the joints for those who suffer from joint pain and discomfort, keeping pressure off your hips, knees and spine • Swimming can improve bone density which will help fight osteoporosis • It will increase flexibility in your hips, legs, arms and neck • Reduces stress, boosts your mood and increases brain function

LEARN TO SWIM AT ANY AGE Swimming lessons are available at each of our pools for all ages. For kids we have our Flippers and Dipper the Dolphin swim programmes for those aged 5 and over. These classes encourage children to develop a range of water skills and improve their confidence as they progress through the levels. Contact the relevant centre to add your child’s name to the waiting list. Other non-structured classes take place



for younger children as well as parent and toddler classes. Adult lessons are available at each of our pools and can be booked individually or in a group.

EASTER SWIMMING CRASH COURSES Antrim Forum, Mon 17 - Fri 21 April 2017 : £28 per child 5 x 30min lessons for those age 5+ To register contact Antrim Forum T. 028 9446 4131 E.


NUMBER 1 IN NORTHERN IRELAND We want to say a massive well done to all of our residents in the Borough. Antrim and Newtownabbey is top out of all eleven councils in Northern Ireland for the recycling of local authority collected municipal waste. This means that we have the highest recycling rate for all the waste we collect. We want our recycling rates to continually improve and ensure we remain number one in Northern Ireland, with less waste going to landfill, which is better for the environment.


COMPETITION WINNERS In a previous edition of Borough Life, we were searching for a family in the Borough who wanted to share their top tips on how they recycle in their household. The winners of the competition were the Bowen family, from Mallusk who have won ÂŁ50 worth of vouchers to spend at our leisure centres or theatres. Pictured (L-R) Helen, Lee, Laura and Heidi will be featuring in the next edition of Borough Life to share their top tips with you.

WHERE DO YOUR RECYCLED PLASTICS GO? There are many plastic items in your home that can be recycled including plastic bottles, pots, cartons and tubs. When you recycle these in your recycling bin or box, they are then taken to the recycling centre and sorted into different plastics. The plastic is then squashed into bales and these bales are shredded to produce flakes.

toy or even a football shirt. Remarkably, the 2016/17 FC Barcelona home shirt is produced from recycled polyester fabric equivalent to 7 plastic bottles and their 2016/17 away kit, is made entiely from recycled material produced from approximately 16 bottles. Other bottles such as shower gels or fabric conditioners could be reborn as a picnic bench or a chair.

The flakes are washed, sorted depending on whether they float or sink in water and dried by giant industrial driers. The flakes are blown down pipes into bags and the recyclers collect these and transform the plastic into a range of new products. Plastic bottles that were used for drinks can be remade again as a drinks bottle or, alternatively, remade into something completely different such as a children’s


Items such as ice cream, butter or margarine tubs can be reborn as a paint pot, bucket or a recycling container.


For a full list of items that can be recycled, visit recycling

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LOVE FOOD, HATE WASTE: WINTER WARMERS With winter well and truly here, what better way to warm you up than a wholesome bowl of homemade soup? Packed with lots of healthy nutrients, these recipes are a great way of sticking to your healthy eating New Year’s resolutions as well as using up leftover vegetables which will help to reduce food waste.

These ideas will get you started but why not tweet us yours? @ANBorough



• 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 medium sized chopped onion • 400 grams sliced carrots • 1 clove of chopped garlic • 1 tbsp of ground coriander • 1 litre of vegetable stock • 4 tbsp of freshly chopped coriander • A pinch of salt and ground black pepper • A squeeze of lemon juice

• 1 finely chopped onion • 2 crushed garlic cloves • 2lb potatoes, diced • 2 chopped celery sticks • 2 pints vegetable stock • 250g fresh spinach leaves • Freshly ground black pepper • Croutons and chopped parsley to garnish


Lightly fry the chopped onion, carrots and garlic in a large non-stick pan for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground coriander and stir for one minute. Next, season with salt and fresh black pepper.


Add the vegetable stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Cover the pan and leave to simmer for around 20 minutes until the carrots are tender.


Stir in the fresh coriander and then pour into a blender or food processor. Add a little lemon juice and blend until smooth and creamy. You can also add extra seasoning to your tastes.

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Place the potatoes, onion, garlic and celery in a large saucepan. Add the stock and simmer for 20 minutes until potatoes are soft and cooked.

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Season with ground black pepper and add the spinach. Cook for a further 10 minutes.


Serve and garnish with croutons and chopped parsley


For more recipes and ideas for reducing food waste, visit

Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Decant the soup into a blender, or use a hand held blender, to smooth the soup.

THE BIG SPRING CLEAN Once again, this year we are supporting ‘The BIG Spring Clean’ and would like your help to make it happen. Last year, almost 90,000 volunteers got involved in clean up events across Northern Ireland, removing an impressive 107 tonnes of litter (equivalent to around 6 double decker buses) making it Northern Ireland's biggest volunteer clean up.

The Big Spring Clean will be taking place in April and there are lots of ways you can get involved in making our Borough a tidier and pleasant place to live. Support is available to anyone wishing to organise a clean-up event in their local area including a range of litter picking equipment such as gloves, hi-vis vests, litter pickers and bags to help with your clean up.


For details on other ways of how to get involved in the Big Spring Clean or to organise your own spring clean-up, visit

TRIPLE STACK WHEELIE BOXES Following the success of the triple stack wheelie boxes, the next phase is ready to roll out to more houses in the former Newtownabbey Borough. This phased roll out is due to be completed by December 2018. Each household that receives a triple stack system will also receive a new streamlined 180 litre bin for household waste to replace their current black bin. This is to encourage you to recycle more and also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, which is great news for our environment. Items that can be recycled in the triple stack wheelie boxes include:

• Tins and cans • Aerosols • Food and drinks cartons • Cardboard • Glass bottles and jars • Plastic bottles • Plastic pots, tubs and trays • Newspapers and magazines • Aluminum foil • Textiles • Household batteries

Households in the former Antrim Borough will continue to use their blue bin and the household recycling centres for glass.


The distribution schedule can be viewed at WheelieBoxes

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Frozen Pipes To help avoid frozen pipes there are some simple measures you can put in place. These include: • Ensure pipes are well insulated. • Locate your stop valve and make sure everyone in the property knows where it is and how to turn it off.

We recently published Winter Wise which contains lots more useful tips and advice on how you can beat the freeze this winter. To view the booklet visit: winterwise To request a copy: T. 028 9034 0000 E.

• Consider what you would do if you did lose your water supply for a prolonged period of time. You need to have a contingency plan. • If you own a business and are shutting for a holiday period, you should make plans in the event of cold weather i.e. set your heating timer, have someone check the premises regularly. • Have the number of a plumber who knows where your property is and who is prepared to attend at night if needed. • Make sure you have adequate insurance to cover your property in the event of a burst pipe.

Keep Warm By keeping warm over the winter months you can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia. You can keep the heat in your home and costs down with insulation by doing the following: • fit draught-proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors • make sure your loft has insulation - any home with 4 inches (100 mm) or less should have it topped up • make sure wall cavities are insulated • insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes




Oil Stamp Saving Scheme Save for your oil heating costs through the Council’s Oil Stamp Saving Scheme.

Residents can pick up an oil stamp saving card at any of the participating retail outlets and purchase stamps with their weekly shopping, at a cost of £5 each. Stamps are placed on a savings card and then used as payment or part payment for oil at any of the participating oil companies. AA-00000

A full list of outlets selling stamps and oil suppliers is available at oilstamps

Flooding There is a heightened risk of flooding during winter as rainfall increases and snow and ice melt. To protect yourself, your property and to minimise damage, the following steps can be taken: • Move valuable possessions and electrical items to a safe place. • Shut off gas and electricity at the mains point. • Look out for pets and animals to keep them safe from flood water. • Think about your escape route - particularly if you live in a bungalow.

Oil Clubs Oil Clubs allow local residents to combine their orders for oil. Orders are placed with a community coordinator and must be placed by a specific date each month. Lower prices are negotiated with oil suppliers by buying larger quantities but all within the club get the same price per litre of oil, regardless of the quantity they order. For more information on oil stamps or oil clubs, contact Environmental Health: T. 028 9034 0160 E.

Eat well, KEEP active & stay in toucH A balanced diet will help keep you warm and healthy in the winter. Make sure you and your family eat at least one hot meal a day (soup is nutritious and warming and inexpensive to make or buy). Staying active is good for your health. Walking, for example, can be good for you. If the weather prevents you getting outside, stay active indoors like catching up on all the household tasks you've been putting off. Stay in contact with friends and family, especially if you've been stuck in the house for a few days. If you have elderly relatives or neighbours who might need help, please check up on them.

• Prevent access of water by using sandbags at entry points to the property, including outhouses and garages. • Don’t forget about outside - move your car to higher ground, move garden furniture to a safe place or higher ground, protect chemicals/fuel stored in garages or outhouses so they don’t spill into floodwater, secure oil tanks to ensure it does not drip into flood water, unplug exterior electrical appliances.

Sandbags When the Council has been alerted to the possibility of an increased risk of flooding, sandbags are available at a number of sites throughout the Borough. These are available at the locations below for the public to collect on a self-help basis to protect their properties. • Ballyearl Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey • Crumlin Leisure Centre, Crumlin • Environmental Services Depot, Antrim • Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey (Outside of Office Hours, contact on-site security for assistance) • Neillsbrook Community Centre, Randalstown • Sixmile Leisure Centre, Ballyclare • Toome House, Toomebridge • Valley Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey • Whiteabbey Village Carpark, Whiteabbey Don’t forget to contact 24 hour Flood Incident Line if you are affected by flooding T. 0300 2000 100

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LIVE SCREENINGS FROM THE MET OPERA, NEW YORK Theatre at The Mill is delighted to present a new season of live performances on the big screen with surround sound in real time from the Metropolitan Opera New York. The new season features six live screenings from January - May 2017.


All screenings at 5.55pm; Tickets: £20 & £10 Concessions (students & under 18’s) For more information about our live Metropolitan Opera screenings T. 028 9034 0202 or visit


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ROMEO ET JULIETTE When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.

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Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast; Mark Elder conducts.

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IDOMENEO Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.


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EUGENE ONEGIN Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Tatiana and Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.



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LA TRAVIATA Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

ANNIE Jr. Wed 15 - Sun 19 February // Theatre at The Mill Following the success of Phantom of the Opera last year, Theatre at The Mill’s Home Spun Youth Theatre School returns with the Broadway Musical Classic, Annie Jr!

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This much loved family favourite sees young orphan Annie run away and stumble upon exciting new adventures. Life changes before her eyes when she softens the heart of business tycoon Will Stacks who rescues her from the arms of the cruel Miss Hannigan.


The creative team includes Directors Sarah Lyle, Jennifer Milligan and Music Director Jonathan McGuinness.

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elîna Garanca as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.

Performances are given by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited; Book by Thomas Meehan; Title Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Martin Charnin.


For further details or to make a booking contact Box Office T. 028 9034 0202 or visit

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ANTRIM LIVE Antrim Town springs to life with a two day cultural feast of live arts and entertainment right in the heart of the town. Banish the Winter blues and look forward to the imminent arrival of Spring as Antrim will be awash with colour and activity on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February. Antrim will be bursting with a host of events and attractions on offer throughout the town from Pogues Entry to The Old Courthouse and Market Square, guaranteed to entertain all the family young and old alike. Featuring a cornucopia of events, including market stalls, street theatre, a baby rave, historical talks and much more. With most events free of charge this really is an event not to be missed. An extra special treat is the very unique live I Spy Adventure game ‘Operation Wolfhound' created especially for Antrim Live by Big Telly Theatre Company, which is part treasure hunt and part immersive theatre. Bespoke for Antrim, this interactive game will take participants on a mystery adventure through the town like nothing anyone will have ever experienced before - a truly unique and wonderful family activity. Celebrate the arrival of Spring by joining us for ‘Antrim Live’ when the town will be buzzing with arts and entertainment sure to lift your spirits and wave goodbye to Winter!


For more information please visit our website


BALLYCLARE ENTERPRISE AND EMPLOYABILITY PROJECT The Council is delighted to be supporting an exciting new enterprise and employability programme in the Ballyclare Area. In January and February, a variety of workshops will be taking place in Foundry House from 10am-3pm: Women Moving on Up

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Self-Employment Business Skills

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Exploring the potential for social enterprise

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Young people - get set for work

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Enhancing Employability

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To support these projects, a local job fair will take place on Thursday 2 March in Ballyclare Town Hall and advice clinics

ENTREPRENEURS OF THE FUTURE Over 600 future entrepreneurs from local primary and secondary schools took part in Global Enterprise Week. Three days of workshops introduced the concept of entrepreneurship to our young people, encouraging them to consider starting a business as a potential career option and help them to realise their future potential. Practical workshops for the primary schools took the children through the supply chain for orange juice. Taking the product from a piece of fruit through to the juice carton on the supermarket shelf, showing how businesses work together and create jobs for the local economy. Secondary school workshops were tasked with working in groups to develop a new innovative smartphone app. This included creating a business plan, a social media presence and a PowerPoint presentation which they then presented to a panel of judges. Global Entrepreneurship Week is a fantastic initiative to inspire our local young people to work hard and strive for their best possible future.


For more information on Global Entrepreneurship Week T. 028 9034 0018


will also take place to help you develop ideas if you are thinking of a new career. This project will support those in the Ballyclare area to explore employment opportunities, help to take steps to find work or set up their own business. One-to-one advice and support will be available throughout the programme which is being delivered by LEDCOM, in partnership with Antrim Enterprise Agency.


For further information or to register contact Laura McCourt T. 028 2826 9973 or E.

INVESTMENT IN YOUR TOWN The Council is committed to improving the streetscapes in our town centres and the latest Public Realm schemes are taking place in New Street, Randalstown, Bridge Street, Antrim, Rashee Road, Ballyclare and Carnmoney Road, Glengormley. If you keep an eye on your local towns you will notice the schemes will be completed by March 2017. The schemes are partly funded by the Department for Communities and build on previous schemes in each of the towns. The main aim of these schemes is to bring more people into the towns. The Public Realm schemes in Antrim and Ballyclare are also being complemented by a new town centre linkages programme which aims to support existing traders. This support will help with the development of town centre businesses by encouraging traders to improve the attractiveness of their shop frontages. The Town Centre Linkages programme, also part funded by the Department for Communities, will include marketing and promotional campaigns to raise the profile of the town centres as shopping destinations. These improvements will go a long way in helping to sustain and grow vital services to our local community.


For more information contact Karen Steele T. 028 9446 3113 ext. 31376 E.

BOROUGH LIFE // January 2017


THE YEAR THAT WAS The last twelve months have been a tremendous year for events in the Borough, many of which took place on our own facilities. Here are just a few of the highlights!

ARMED FORCES DAY Over 15,000 descended upon Antrim Town in June and enjoyed a day of family fun to celebrate our Armed Forces Heroes.

SHORELINE FESTIVAL Jordanstown Loughshore Park was a hive of activity over the Bank holiday weekend as families enjoyed a line-up of live music and activities including face painting, magic shows and a petting zoo.

GARDEN SHOW IRELAND Thousands of visitors flocked to the stunning Antrim Castle Gardens over the three days to enjoy the fabulous Festival of Flowers, Food and Fun.

STREET VELODROME Round 4 of the UK Street Velodrome Series wheeled its way to Ballyclare in June with over 300 people showing off their skills.

EURO 2016 FOOTBALL FEVER Hundreds of enthusiastic supporters made their way to Antrim Castle Gardens and Mossley Mill to cheer on the Northern Ireland team during the live family screening events.

PARTY IN THE PARK The sun shone as families turned out in their droves with their picnics to enjoy the live music, craft stalls and family entertainment.

HALLOWEEN Junction One and V36 hosted fabulous family fun over the Halloween holidays. Fancy dress competitions, fireworks and entertainment ensured everyone had a Spooktacular time.

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY The Council celebrated Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday by hosting various events across the Borough.

BALLYCLARE MAY FAIR Live music, a horse fair and a celebration of local food and drink was enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors at this year’s week long fair.

SOMME COMMEMORATIONS Over 17,000 people engaged with the Council’s programme of events to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, which took place from 1 July - 18 November.

ENCHANTED WINTER GARDEN Antrim Castle Gardens was once again transformed into an enchanted world filled with the magic of Christmas.

ANTRIM CASTLE GARDENS CROWNED BEST NORTHERN IRELAND PARK Antrim Castle Gardens was crowned Best Northern Ireland Park in the Best UK Park category at 2016 Fields in Trust Annual Awards. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Noreen McClelland received the award from former England football star and Fields in Trust ambassador, Graham Le Saux, accompanied by Chair of Operations Committee,

Councillor Jim Montgomery and Head of Arts and Culture, Ursula Fay, last month at the Fields in Trust awards ceremony, held at Lords Cricket ground. Antrim Castle Gardens was shortlisted for UK’s Best Park 2016, along with Pontypool Park in Torfaen, Preston Park Rockery in Brighton and Rouken Glen Park, Renfrewshire, who went on to win the award. We would like to thank everyone who voted for Antrim Castle Gardens, which is a real jewel in the crown of Antrim and the Borough.



Did you know the Council offers quick and simple online Dog Licensing?

We recently published an advice leaflet for private tenants and landlords which covers areas of private rental law including:

The online service enables you to create a new licence or renew an existing licence. You can also receive automatic email reminders so you know when your licence is due for renewal. Your licence will be emailed to you which means you will always have it handy. The process takes minutes and can be completed in the comfort of your own home, anytime of the day. To license your dog online visit


You can also contact Environmental Health on T. 028 9034 0160 E. or call in person to Antrim Civic Centre/Mossley Mill


Unfitness, Disrepair, & Public Health Notices

Environmental Health Officers can undertake visits to any private rented property that is not registered as a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO), to assess fitness and disrepair. These visits are largely as a result of complaints; • If the property is unfit a Notice of Unfitness can be served

• If the property is fit but contains items of disrepair a Notice of Disrepair can be served Such notices will state the works required to bring the property up to standard. Officers also have the option to serve an abatement notice under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011 in certain circumstances which can entitle the landlord to a repair grant from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE).


If you suspect that a tenant has abandoned your property, you should write to the tenant informing the tenant of your intention to regain possession of the property. This may be fixed to the property or posted to the address. This is sometimes referred to as an Abandonment Notice and will add to the evidence you have gathered in proving surrender of the tenancy and your reasonable attempts to contact the tenant.

Landlord Registration Scheme From 25th February 2015 all private landlords must be registered on the Landlord Registration Scheme. Registration lasts for a 3 year period after which there is a requirement to re-register.

• The Tenancy Deposit Scheme How To Register:

Advice Leaflet For Private Tenants & Landlords

• Online at • Call the advice line on 0300 200 7821 • Download a form at landlord • Call into your local Council or rates office for an application form

• The Landlord Registration Scheme For more information on the amount of grant that may be available please contact the NIHE grants team; T 03448 920 900

Affordable Warmth Scheme

If you own a property in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area that you rent out to tenants you may be eligible for financial assistance to improve the energy efficiency of your property. For eligible households the landlord could benefit from a 50% grant towards energy efficiency measures such as insulation and heating. For landlords to be eligible they must also be registered on the Landlord Registration Scheme.

Registration costs £70 for online registration and £80 for paper registration.

Pre-1945 Properties Under the Private Tenancies (NI) Order 2006, the landlord of a private tenancy commencing after 1st April 2007 of a property which was built before 1st January 1945 must have a fitness inspection carried out by the local council (unless exemptions apply). The fitness inspection is carried out by Environmental Health Officers and any property found to be unfit is subject to rent control. An application form can be downloaded from: Residents/Environmental-Health/PrivatelyRented-Housing

• Harassment & Illegal eviction • Unfitness, Disrepair & Public Health Grants For more information contact the Affordable Warmth Team; T 028 9034 0071

The leaflet is available to view at privatelyrentedhousing


To request a copy of the leaflet or for more information contact Environmental Health T. 028 9034 0160 E.

COAST CARE AWARDS Our Borough has a wealth of volunteers who selflessly give up their time to help others and make an invaluable contribution to improving the lives of others. We were delighted that yet again one of our local volunteer groups, Glas-na-Bradan Conservation Association, was recognised in the recent Live Here Love Here Coast Care Awards when they were awarded the Coca-Cola Inland Waterways Group award. Organised by environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, these awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of local people who have gone the extra mile to clean up and look after our beaches, rivers and loughs throughout Northern Ireland. The volunteers of Glas-na-Bradan Conservation Association work tirelessly to preserve the natural beauty of the river, from the upper reaches on the Cave Hill to the mouth at Whitehouse Lagoon. As well as regularly cleaning up the

area and removing waste, the group also seek opportunities to develop the area and recently were successful in securing funding for new water monitoring equipment. This equipment along with the group’s effort provides the Northern Ireland Environment Agency with important data on the health of the river and the wider catchment, ensuring efforts and budgets are concentrated in the right places.


For more information on the Coast Care Awards visit

IT’S BLOOMING BRILLIANT! 2016 has been a fantastic year for our Borough, with four of our towns and villages recognised in the Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards. On top of that, another five awards were scooped up in the Northern Ireland Amenity Council’s Best Kept Awards. Antrim was crowned Best Kept Large Town and as well as winning the Best Kept Small Town, Randalstown clinched the overall Best of the Best award and was praised by judges for their community approach to keeping the environment at a high standard. As if this wasn’t enough, Helen Boyd of local community group Tidy Randalstown, was awarded the Community Achiever Award - an accolade given to exemplary members of the community devoted to enhancing the town’s general appearance.

As a result of these fantastic achievements, Antrim and Randalstown will now go forward for the 2017 Tidy Ireland Awards. In addition, Randalstown has also been nominated to represent Northern Ireland in the Small Town category of the 2017 Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom competition. Council is delighted that the hard work of the staff and volunteers across the Borough has been recognised yet again in these prestigious awards and look forward to even more success next year.

BOROUGH LIFE // January 2017


PLANNING PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS As part of preparations for our new Local Development Plan, we asked budding junior photographers to send us photos of their favourite places in the Borough. Their favourite places were chosen based on the positive contribution they make to our built environment and also showed qualities that are cherished by everyone who lives or visits our Borough.

A big thank you for all the entries to our Positive Place photo competition. We received a broad range of photographs that highlighted the wealth of great places within the Borough.


GOLD AWARD Mia McShane (Under 11's)

GOLD AWARD Colleen Burrows (11-17)


SILVER AWARD Laura O'Neill (11-17)


BRONZE AWARD Charlotte Frazer (11-17)

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2030 UPDATE The Planning team has been working on the Local Development Plan for the Borough and the first key stage of this plan is the Preferred Options Paper (POP). The POP, available later this month, is a public consultation paper which will encourage discussion on important issues that influence the shape of further development within the Borough up to 2030.

The POP will also set out a range of options in relation to key planning matters along with the preferred option for the Borough. These options will focus around how future growth, including housing and employment, may work within our Borough. We will also be looking at how we will bring forward new planning policies for our Local Development Plan. All documents relating to the POP and the Local Development Plan are available by visiting


For more information contact the Planning Department T. 0300 123 6677 E.

COMMUNITY PLANNING NEEDS YOU! Over the last 18 months the Council has been working on developing the Community Plan for your Borough.

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Community Planning is a new responsibility for Council to help people who live and work in the Borough shape their community and the services provided in their towns, villages and neighbourhoods. To make sure the Community Plan truly addresses local needs we need your feedback to help deliver real improvements for local people. We have carried out research via surveys, worked with statutory bodies and spoken with the local community to develop the long term plan. This will help us improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Borough, but we need your help.



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The draft framework is now available for you to view and we welcome your feedback on our website or in writing. A number of drop in workshops have also been arranged to make sure everyone gets a chance to be part of this important process. For details on these workshops and to view the draft Community Plan framework please visit communityplan





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BOROUGH LIFE // January 2017


YOUR COUNCILLORS KEY ABBREVIATIONS DUP Democratic Unionist Party SDLP Social Democratic and Labour Party



Antrim Threemilewater

UUP Ulster Unionist Party TUV Traditional Unionist Voice


Macedon Glengormley Urban

Airport District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Aldergrove, Clady, Crumlin, Mallusk and Templepatrick and consists of 5 members.

THOMAS BURNS SDLP T. 07803 535094 E. thomas.burns@ antrimandnewtown

ANNEMARIE LOGUE SINN FEIN T. 07533 353610 E. annemarie.logue@ antrimandnewtown

MATTHEW MAGILL DUP T. 07825 374019 E. matthew.magill@ antrimandnewtown

PAUL MICHAEL UUP T. 07587 657120 E. paul.michael@ antrimandnewtown

MERVYN REA mbe UUP T. 07860 590614 E. mervyn.rea@ antrimandnewtown

Antrim District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Antrim Centre, Fountain Hill, Greystone, Springfarm, Steeple and Stiles and consists of 6 members.

NIGEL KELLS DUP T. 07825 418774 E. nigel.kells@ antrimandnewtown

NEIL KELLY ALLIANCE T. 07545 992615 E. neil.kelly@ antrimandnewtown

ROISIN LYNCH SDLP T. 07827 276840 E. roisin.lynch@ antrimandnewtown

JIM MONTGOMERY UUP T. 07471 147666 E. jim.montgomery@ antrimandnewtown

DREW RITCHIE UUP T. 07713 864953 E. drew.ritchie@ antrimandnewtown

Ballyclare District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Ballyclare East, Ballyclare West, Ballynure, Ballyrobert and Doagh and consists of 5 members.

DAVID ARTHURS UUP T. 07925 740395 E. david.arthurs@ antrimandnewtown

JIM BINGHAM UUP T. 07789 208142 E. jim.bingham@ antrimandnewtown


MANDY GIRVAN DUP T. 07912 028945 E. mandy.girvan@ antrimandnewtown

TIM GIRVAN DUP T. 07895 208006 E. tim.girvan@ antrimandnewtown

VERA MCWILLIAM UUP T. 07792 477050 E. vera.mcwilliam@ antrimandnewtown

JOHN SMYTH DUP T. 07436 582180 E. john.smyth@ antrimandnewtown

Dunsilly District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Cranfield, Parkgate, Randalstown, Shilvodan and Toome and consists of 5 members.

TREVOR BEATTY DUP T. 07825 409722
 E. trevor.beatty@ antrimandnewtown

LINDA CLARKE DUP T. 07803 132601 E. linda.clarke@ antrimandnewtown

HENRY CUSHINAN SINN FEIN T. 07871 229810 E. henry.cushinan@ antrimandnewtown

BRIAN DUFFIN SDLP T. 07909 605144 E. brian.duffin@ antrimandnewtown

RODERICK SWANN UUP T. 07423 457376 E. roderick.swann@ antrimandnewtown

Glengormley Urban Electoral Area (DEA) covers Ballyhenry, Burnthill, Carnmoney, Collinbridge, Glebe, Glengormley and Hightown and consists of 7 members. DEPUTY MAYOR

AUDREY BALL DUP T. 07749 083538 E. audrey.ball@ antrimandnewtown

JOHN BLAIR ALLIANCE T. 07788 871189 E. john.blair@ antrim andnewtown

PHILLIP BRETT DUP T. 07971 538685 E. phillip.brett@ antrimandnewtown

MARK COSGROVE UUP T. 07740 063726 E. mark.cosgrove@ antrimandnewtown

 E. michael.goodman @antrimandnew

MICHAEL MAGUIRE UUP T. 07827 936498 E. michael.maguire @antrimandnew

NOREEN MCCLELLAND SDLP T. 07789 208157 E noreen.mcclelland @antrimandnew

Macedon District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Abbey, Carnmoney Hill, O’Neill, Rathcoole, Valley and Whitehouse and consists of 6 members. MAYOR

BILLY DECOURCY DUP T. 07789 208144 E. william.decourcy@ antrimandnewtown

PAUL HAMILL DUP T. 07803 186008 E. paul.hamill@ antrimandnewtown

THOMAS HOGG mbe DUP T. 07792 891572 E. thomas.hogg@ antrimandnewtown

DAVID HOLLIS TUV T. 07475 033363 E. david.hollis@ antrimandnewtown

JOHN SCOTT UUP T. 07803 598637 E. john.scott@ antrimandnewtown

W.J. WEBB mbe jp ALLIANCE T. 07799 866876 E billy.webb@ antrimandnewtown

BEN KELSO UUP T. 07515 854858 E. ben.kelso@ antrimandnewtown

STEPHEN ROSS DUP T. 07713 946038 E stephen.ross@ antrimandnewtown

Threemilewater District Electoral Area (DEA) covers Ballyduff, Fairview, Jordanstown, Monkstown, Mossley and Rostulla and consists of 6 members.

FRASER AGNEW mbe UUP T. 07711 135267 E. fraser.agnew@ antrimandnewtown

WILLIAM BALL DUP T. 07917 543674 E. william.ball@ antrimandnewtown

PAMELA BARR DUP T. 07974 826165 E. pamela.barr@ antrimandnewtown

TOM CAMPBELL ALLIANCE T. 07595 978690 E. tom.campbell@ antrimandnewtown

BOROUGH LIFE // January 2017


ACCESSIBILITY IN OUR BOROUGH Disabled Go empowers the customer by giving them information on how accessible a place/ venue is before the customer plans to visit. They provide assurance to the customer that their needs are met before their visit.


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PRIZE DRAW All responses received will be entered into a FREE prize draw to win a set of two tickets for any Council theatre.*

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The Council has been working with Disabled Go to compile an access guide for our Borough. Disabled Go are the UK’s leading provider of access information. They are developed by disabled people for disabled people. Disabled Go gives the user more “independence and choice”. /competition

In each Borough Life we will continue to ask you what you think of our services so we can continually improve. For information on surveys go to consultations If you have any queries about Council consultations please contact Lisa Hall T. 028 9034 0031 E.

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028 9446 3113 028 9034 0000

LEISURE CENTRES Allen Park Antrim Forum Ballyearl Crumlin Sixmile Valley

028 9442 9001 028 9446 4131 028 9084 8287 028 9445 2733 028 9334 1818 028 9086 1211

THEATRES Courtyard Theatre Old Courthouse Theatre Theatre at The Mill

028 9034 0202 028 9442 8331 028 9034 0202

FACILITIES Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House Ballyclare Town Hall Flax Gallery & Museum at The Mill Pogues Entry Sentry Hill Whitehouse

028 9448 1338 028 9034 0137



PLEASE NOTE - The Council is NOT responsible for these services. We've listed some useful contacts to help you.

Animal Welfare

028 2563 3134

Bryson Energy

0800 142 2865

Bus and Rail queries (Translink)

028 9066 6630

Education Authority

028 2565 3333

Electricity Faults & Emergencies (24 hours) Gas Emergency Response (24 hours)

03457 643 643

Hospitals Antrim Area Hospital Whiteabbey Hospital Housing Executive Main Number (including grass cutting & graffiti) Repairs Line Housing Benefit

0800 002 001 028 9442 4000 028 9086 5181 03448 920 900 03448 920 901 03448 920 902

Land Registry

0300 200 7803

Mapping (Land & Property Services)

0300 200 7804

Northern Health & Social Care Trust

028 9442 4000

028 9034 0129

Pest Control (Consult your phone directory)

028 9448 1338 028 9083 2363 028 9034 0129

Rates (Property Rating & Valuation)

RECYCLING CENTRES Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm Craigmore (Randalstown) Crumlin Newpark (Antrim)

028 9447 3813 028 9442 3640 028 9442 8107

Open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Bruslee

028 9034 0056

Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. O’Neill Road

028 9034 0056

COMMUNITY CENTRES Contact details for community centres are available at


0300 200 7801

TransportNI (previously Roads Service) Bus shelter vandalism/graffiti Cut roadside trees and grass verges Fallen trees Flooding roadway, footpath and blocked road gullies (24 hours) Road repairs Street lighting Traffic Hotline Winter salting (24 hours)

0300 200 7893 0300 200 7899 0845 712 3321 0300 200 7893

Social Security Agency Antrim and Newtownabbey Offices: Benefits Freephone Employment Service

0800 022 4250 0300 200 7822

028 9046 3250 028 9054 0540 0300 200 7891 028 9025 3000

Telephone/Utility Boxes (BT fault)

0800 023 2023

Voting (Electoral Office)

0800 432 0712

Water (NI Water)

03457 440088


Flooding Incident Line (24 hours) 0300 200 0100 Report your property is flooded or flooding Flooding - Council owned property 028 9446 3113

See the local press for details or check your bin collection day at Please remember to leave your bin out for 7am on collection day at normal collection points. Antrim area 028 9446 3113 Newtownabbey area 028 9034 0056

Burst watermains and blocked sewers 0345 744 0088 (Northern Ireland Water) (24 hours) Overflowing rivers and watercourses 028 9260 6100 (Rivers Agency) Water pollution in watercourse 0800 807 060 (Northern Ireland Environment Agency)

To report an incident in a park


028 9034 0275

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Box Office: 028 9034 0202


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Borough Life - January 2017