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RESIDENTS’ MAGAZINE // MARCH 2017

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CONTENTS: BOROUGH LIFE // March 2017 4

MAYOR’S MESSAGE

BOWLED OVER

Welcome to the March issue of Borough life, our residents’ magazine, that keeps you updated on how the Council is working for you.

NEW £1 COIN DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 5

EASTER ACTIVITIES

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UP AND RUNNING

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ALLEN PARK GOLF

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LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE

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FEED YOUR BROWN BIN THE BIG SPRING CLEAN

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BIN CHECKER COMBI BINS RECYCLING TIPS

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TEA DANCES THE PICTURE HOUSE

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GARDEN SHOW IRELAND EASTER THEATRE WORKSHOPS

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BUSINESS SUPPORT GROW

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STAY CONNECTED IN ANTRIM ANTRIM TOWN FASHION SHOW

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR GO FOR IT

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WORKPLACE SAFETY QUIT SMOKING

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SPORTS AWARDS

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BEE-LICIOUS

We are hoping that you will help shape the future of your Borough. Currently we have two very important consultations underway. One is about the space we live in and what it will look like in the future and the other is about our quality of life and the things that matter to us. I would encourage you to take part in the online consultations on the Preferred Options Paper and Draft Community Plan. See page 21 for more information about these. I am also pleased to report that once again the Council has worked hard to ensure our residents and businesses are not affected by rising rate costs. This is fantastic news for everyone and you can read about it on page 23. As we head into spring we have some great events planned. The amazing Garden Show Ireland is coming back to our award winning Antrim Castle Gardens which is an event that can’t be missed! Don’t forget to like our new Facebook page to keep up to date with this and other events coming to our Borough. I wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable Easter. Councillor John Scott Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey

SCRAMBLERS 19

BEST KEPT GARDEN PARK WARDENS

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PRIDE OF PLACE AWARDS COUNCIL FACEBOOK

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LOVE LIVING HERE

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WHAT YOU TOLD US ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS

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COUNCIL STRIKES NEW RATES

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YOUR COUNCILLORS

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COUNCIL PERFORMANCE USEFUL NUMBERS

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CONTACT

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WASTE SURVEY

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. Printed on FSC accredited material.

© Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council If you have any comments on the magazine please contact:

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Communication and Customer Services Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim, BT41 2UB. T. 028 9034 0034 E. comms@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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THE £1 WON’T BE ROUND FOR MUCH LONGER The new UK £1 coin will come into circulation on 28 March 2017. This new 12-sided coin is being introduced to replace the current £1 coin which, over the last 30 years, has become vulnerable to counterfeiters.

BE BOWLED OVER THIS SPRING Ever played lawn bowls? You are never too old…or too young to try.

At present our lockers within the leisure centres will not accept the new coin, however you can still continue to use the old £1 coin. Don’t worry if you don’t have an old coin with you, you can purchase a branded reusable token from any of the leisure centre receptions.

A popular sport throughout the world and suitable for all ages, bowling gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy an occasional club game, make it part of your weekly activity or get involved in regional or national competition. If you would like to make new friends and enjoy keeping fit in the outdoors, then why not come along to one of our bowling greens? Coaches are on hand to assist new members. For more information contact: Antrim Lawn Bowling Club, Allen Park Robert John McCullough T. 07877 723 951 Lilian Bland Pavilion Bowling Club, Glengormley William Nesbitt T. 028 9050 6975 Mossley Bowling Club, Newtownabbey Derek Randall T. 07866 518 576 Newtownabbey Bowling Club, Hazelbank Arthur Mayne T. 07546 936 021

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT Following the huge success of last year’s event, Darkness into Light returns again this year and will be taking place at more than 150 venues across the world. Come along and join us at V36 on Saturday 6 May, 4.15am for a 5k walk/run and help raise vital funds and awareness of the tragedy of suicide. Delivered in partnership with Pieta House and local charity Turning Point, the walk will commence in the dark with participants walking into the light as dawn arrives. Last year over 700 people took part at the V36 event, raising in excess of £14,000 to help those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide.

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To register visit www.pieta.ie or for more information T. 028 9034 0042


EASTER ACTIVITIES - EASTER INFERNO There are lots of activities to keep kids active this spring. An exciting physical activity programme for boys and girls aged 4-14 featuring activities such as gymnastics, dance, athletics and martial arts. Activities are optional and subject to change. All staff who deliver the activities are fully qualified coaches. Online registration opens Monday 20 March. Visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/easterinferno VENUE

AGE

DAYS

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Antrim Forum

Age 4-7

Tues 18, Wed 19 & Thurs 20 April

9.30am-12pm

Antrim Forum

Age 4-14

Tues 18, Wed 19 & Thurs 20 April

1pm-3.30pm

Crumlin Leisure Centre

Age 4-14

Wed 19 & Thurs 20 April

9.30am-12pm

Sixmile Leisure Centre

Age 4-14

Tues 18 & Wed 19 April

9.30am-12pm

Cost: £8 per day

For more information contact Elaine Upton T. 028 9446 3113 ext. 31004 E. elaine.upton@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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FUNDAMENTAL ATHLETICS

This Cycling Ireland programme gives young children the opportunity to learn the fundamental cycling skills enabling them to become stronger and better riders in the future.

This athletics programme for 4-12 year olds is designed to develop skills such as agility, balance, coordination, running, jumping and throwing.

VENUE

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START DATE

Crumlin Leisure Centre

Fri 3.45pm-5pm

24 March

Cost: £3 per session

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START DATE

Antrim Forum

Wed 3.45pm-4.45pm

26 April

Cost: £24 for 8 weeks

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For more information contact: Crumlin Leisure Centre T. 028 9445 2733 E. dean.holmes@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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For more information contact: Antrim Forum T. 028 9446 4131 E. forum@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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UP AND RUNNING - COUCH TO 5K Ever wanted to start running but don’t know where to begin? Our Couch to 5k programme could help you achieve your goal. Couch to 5k is a programme aimed to get people off their couch to running 5 kilometres in just a few months. Taking place twice a week, the sessions are facilitated by qualified coaches who provide participants with support, motivation and tailored plans to improve their ability to run.

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Crumlin Leisure Centre

Mon 6.30pm-8pm Sat 10am-11am

20 March

V36 at the Valley

Tues & Thurs 7.30pm-8.30pm

21 March

Cost: £2 per session Couch to 5k also takes place at the Antrim Forum To register for the next programme E. forum@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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For more information contact: Crumlin Leisure Centre T. 028 9445 2733 E. dean.holmes@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

ONE FOR THE KIDS!

UP FOR A TRIATHLON?

The new Couch to 3k programme is open to kids aged 11-16 and will introduce them to the basic fundamentals of running, preparing them to run as far as 3k at a time.

Why not register and take part in this year’s Stenaline Triathlon? Consisting of a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run, this Triathlon Ireland event is suitable for the first timer right up to the elite. Suitable for age 16+.

VENUE

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Crumlin Leisure Centre

Mon 6.30pm-8pm Sat 10am-11am

START DATE

Cost: £2 per session

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For more information contact: Crumlin Leisure Centre T. 028 9445 2733 E. dean.holmes@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

ACTIVE LIFE

VENUE

DAY & TIME

START DATE

Valley Leisure Centre and V36

Sun 9.30am

9 April

20 March

Cost: €38

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Register online at www.triathlonireland.com


PERFECT YOUR SWING AT ALLEN PARK Is the weather disrupting your golf practice? Would you like to play on some of the world’s most famous golf courses? Well now you can at Allen Park in the new state-of-the-art golf simulator. Thanks to this technology in the newly refurbished centre, you can perfect your swing any rainy or sunny day on world class courses such as Royal Troon in Scotland or Hazeltine in Minnesota. The simulators include an impressive 4k screen resolution as well as full analysis of a player’s swing and club head performance. These results are delivered straight away and can be saved or emailed directly to you. Why not get a group of your friends together and compete to see who is the best golfer? We have some great offers for you to take advantage of so make sure you ring and book today.

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GOLF SIMULATOR SPECIAL OFFER VOUCHER 1

1 hour booking for a 4 ball on the golf simulator @ £20

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1 hour booking for a 4 ball on the golf simulator including a burger with a beer / glass of wine / soft drink @ £40 (Only available Thursday to Sunday).

Must book in advance and present this voucher on arrival.

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To book the golf simulator contact Allen Park T. 028 9442 9001 or E. allenpark@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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LOVE FOOD, HATE WASTE: EGGS With Easter just around the corner we thought in this issue we would focus our Love Food Hate Waste recipes on eggs. Here are a few ideas on what you can make to use up any eggs that are near their use by date. These ideas will get you started but why not tweet us yours? @ANBorough

STILTON, HAM & BRUSSEL SPROUT TART

WHOLE ORANGE TRAYBAKE

• 175g plain flour • Salt and pepper • 75g butter • 350g brussel sprouts • 3 eggs • 150ml double cream • 150ml milk • 100g chopped ham • 50g Stilton cheese

• Butter for greasing • 1 large orange • 100g self raising flour • 100g ground almonds • 1 tsp baking powder • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • 175g caster sugar • 4 medium eggs

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Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 24cm square cake tin and line with baking parchment.

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Place the orange in a pan and cover with cold water, bring to the boil then simmer gently for 30 minutes until the orange is soft. Place the orange in a bowl of cold water and leave to cool.

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Roughly chop the whole orange and discard any pips. Place the orange in a food processer and blend until smooth.

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Sieve the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the sugar and eggs until thick and creamy.

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Using a spatula gently fold the flour mixture and pureed orange into the sugar and eggs.

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Pour the mixture into the prepared tin then bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until the sponge is golden and firm to touch.

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Preheat oven to 190°C. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl with the salt. Using your finger tips, rub in the butter until it resembles soft breadcrumbs.

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Add enough cold water to make the mixture come together to form a firm dough. Cover with cling film and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

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Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the pastry to line a 9 inch well-buttered flan dish. Pop back in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

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Crack eggs into a jug and lightly whisk with the cream and milk. Season with pepper.

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If you’re not using left-over sprouts, steam or boil them until just tender. Rinse under cold water to stop them cooking any further. Drain well and slice each sprout in half.

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Arrange sprouts across the pastry base and season with a little salt.

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Sprinkle over the chopped ham and then crumble over the Stilton. Pour over the egg and cream mixture.

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Allow to cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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Place tart in the oven for about 20 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden and the filling is set and slightly browned. Serve with a simple salad and enjoy!

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For more recipes and ideas for reducing food waste, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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RECYCLING


FEED YOUR BROWN BIN £13 billion of edible food was wasted in UK homes in 2015 according to the latest research by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). This is an astonishing amount and we are calling on you, our residents to help improve this figure. Here are a few pointers on how you can help…

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Shop smart - when doing your weekly shop, it is easy to over shop. By buying too much food for your household, food is more likely to not be used before its use by date and could end up being thrown out. A shopping list and meal plan for the week can help with this. Make use of your freezer - if you have leftovers then why not freeze them for another night’s dinner? This can help reduce the amount of food waste being disposed of and also help save you money.

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First in, first out - when storing food make sure you move the older foods to the front and the newer foods to the back. This will help reduce the chance of food going off and being wasted unnecessarily.

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Help others - if you have food in your home that is approaching its expiry date and you don’t think you will get using it, why not donate it to a food bank? That way you will be helping those in need as well as reducing unnecessary food waste.

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Love Food Hate Waste - on page 8 we have a couple of recipes on how you can use leftover food instead of throwing it in the bin. More of these articles can be found at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com. If after following these tips you still have leftover food that can’t be used, don’t forget to put it in your brown bin.

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For more information visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/recycling

THE BIG SPRING CLEAN Now that spring is in the air it’s time to get involved in helping our Borough become an even more beautiful place. The Big Spring Clean, Northern Ireland’s biggest volunteer clean-up, is happening this April and we need your help! You can show your support by taking part in a clean-up that is happening near you or by organising your own clean-up for your local area. The Big Spring Clean is open to individuals, schools, community groups and businesses who want to help clear the Borough of all the litter and rubbish.

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For more information on the Big Spring Clean including what events are being held in the Borough and what support is available visit www.liveherelovehere.org

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BIN CHECKER If you are unsure when your bin is due to be collected you can now use our online bin checker. Simply type in your street name to find out your next collection date. To access the bin checker visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/recycling. We are also looking at an easier way of checking your bin through a user friendly app. Keep an eye for more details coming soon. In this magazine, we have included details of any changes to bin collection dates due to bank or public holidays. You can stick this to your bin or put it up on your noticeboard to remind you of any changes. These are also available online at www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/recycling

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If you do not have access to the internet, you can request a hardcopy by contacting T. 028 9034 0056

NEW COMBI BINS FOR OUR BOROUGH Did you know, the Council services over 900 litter and dog waste bins across the Borough? If you walk your dog around the Borough you will shortly notice that some of the old damaged dog waste bins will now be replaced with new combi bins which accept both dog waste and general litter. The roll out of these new bins, which are substantially cheaper than the dedicated dog waste bins, will help make our collection service more efficient and help reduce waste management costs. For more information contact T. 028 9034 0160

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RECYCLING TIPS FROM THE BOWEN FAMILY In our last edition of Borough Life we included our recycling competition winners, the Bowen family from Mallusk. Here are a few of their top tips! • We have a central point for all recyclable items in our house, regardless of what the item is. Once the container fills up, I then separate everything into the different recycling containers. • I also make sure our kids are well versed on what can be recycled so that they don’t accidently throw recyclable items into the black bin. • We also make sure that if the kids have any projects for school that the recycling containers are the first place to look for materials as there is usually plenty to choose from.

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For more information visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/recycling


TEA DANCES AT THE OLD COURTHOUSE, ANTRIM AND BALLYCLARE TOWN HALL Dust off those dancing shoes and step out in style! Enjoy a cup of tea and whether you dance or not, these relaxed friendly afternoons at our community tea dances are sure to delight. Come on your own or bring a friend. Tickets £3 (includes tea/coffee/biscuits) BALLYCLARE TOWN HALL All dances 2-4pm

THE OLD COURTHOUSE, ANTRIM All dances 2-4pm

WEDNESDAY 29 MARCH

WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL

WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY

WEDNESDAY 31 MAY

WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE

WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE

Tickets for Ballyclare Town Hall can be purchased at the door.

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Tickets must be purchased in advance from box office for The Old Courthouse Tea Dance. T: 028 9448 1338 or in person from The Old Courthouse, Antrim.

THE PICTURE HOUSE @ BALLYCLARE TOWN HALL It was lights, camera, action recently at Ballyclare Town Hall as The Picture House opened its doors to the public for special movie screenings of the Disney favourite, Frozen and Valentine's themed classic, Once. Organised and delivered by local non-profit organisation, Ballyclare Community Cinema, the movie screenings were a great success and attended by lots of local families and couples. The Picture House now intend to present regular screenings of classic films, appealing to all ages. Robin Sheeran, Secretary of Ballyclare Community Cinema is looking forward to the next event; “We were delighted with the turnout to our first screenings and are now working hard to develop a programme of films that will attract a diverse audience from the local area and further afield. Whilst Ballyclare Town Hall may not be a cinema, the venue has a fabulous atmosphere and we are committed to making the events as cinematic as possible”.

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For more information contact E. ballyclarecommunitycinema@outlook.com www.facebook.com/picturehouseBCC Twitter - @picturehouseBCC

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EASTER THEATRE WORKSHOPS Looking for ideas to keep the children busy this Easter? We have two fantastic workshops at Theatre at The Mill and The Courtyard Theatre suitable for children from 5 years to 16 years.

THEATRE AT THE MILL If your kids have a passion for dance, drama and singing then sign them up for our Easter Workshop, Aladdin. This week long workshop offers young people the opportunity to perform in Disney’s enchanting musical in a professional theatre with costumes, staging and lights. Age: 8-16 Dates: Mon 17-Fri 21 April Time: 10-5pm each day Performance: Fri 21 April at 6pm Tickets: £120 (includes 7 free tickets to the performance) See our previous Easter Theatre Workshops 'Annie' here

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THE COURTYARD THEATRE Our talented creative team return to the Courtyard Theatre to direct one of Disney’s all time classics Cinderella Kids. This workshop has been designed for children aged from 5 years to 10 years so they can take part in a fun and structured theatre school environment. Watch the enchanting tale of Cinderella Kids unfold on our stage as your child makes their debut in this magical show. Age: 5-10 Dates: Mon 17-Fri 21 April Time: 10am-4.30pm each day Performance: Sat 22 April at 12pm Tickets: £120 (includes 3 free tickets to the performance)


HELP AND SUPPORT FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

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BUSINESS MENTORING SUPPORT

Council can help local businesses access cost-effective advice and unlock your business potential tailored mentoring across a range of business specialisms through the ‘ASK’ programme, with one-to-one free mentoring. programme

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The Council currently provides a wide range of support to local businesses. This includes business support programmes, mentoring support and assistance for rural businesses through GROW South Antrim.

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For more information visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ASK-Programme

BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMMES The Council provides three business support programmes and each of these programmes are due to be completed by April 2017. More than 50 local businesses are currently taking part in these programmes: BUILD YOUR OWN WEBSITE The ‘Build Your Own Website’ programme supports local small and micro-enterprises to get online. Due to the level of demand, Council expanded the initial 10-business programme to 22 participants to enable as many businesses as possible to benefit and each of these businesses are currently receiving a cocktail of training ‘how to’ workshops and one-to-one mentoring. BRICKS AND CLICKS ‘Bricks and Clicks’ is a targeted programme that inspired 11 local budding entrepreneurs to set up their business by offering training on developing business skills and 1-to-1 mentoring. This year’s participants included a mix of retail and online businesses including a metalwork sculptor and guitar making. STAR 3 ‘STAR 3’ is being delivered to 20 local businesses across the services, tourism and retail sectors, helping them to grow and develop in today’s competitive market.

GROWING LOCAL BUSINESSES IN SOUTH ANTRIM The GROW Programme will re-open in May 2017, where grants of up to £50,000 for eligible rural businesses are available. If you are thinking about setting up a business, or already own a small business in the Borough, get in touch to see if you are eligible. The first stage of application is to attend a mandatory pre-application workshop, which are scheduled as follows: DATE

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Thur 18 May

10am-12 noon

Mossley Mill

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6.30pm-8.30pm

Mossley Mill

Tues 23 May

10am-12 noon

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Tues 6 June

6.30pm-8.30pm

Antrim Civic Centre

To date, GROW has received 17 applications for its business programmes and committed over £200,000 to seven businesses. Also, a unique opportunity for craft businesses or those interested in setting up a craft business is now available. GROW South Antrim are looking for businesses to participate in a project with partners in Finland, Estonia, Croatia and Spain.

Participants are benefitting from sales, marketing and customer service training which helps implement and reinforce this learning. The staff at Alternative Angles, a local social economy business that works with adults who have learning difficulties, have undertaken bespoke sales training to grow their candles, soaps and cookie mix business.

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STAY CONNECTED IN ANTRIM TOWN CENTRE The Council is making the internet available ‘on the go’ in Antrim town centre. At the end of March free Wi-Fi will be launched in the town, enabling anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled device, such as a laptop or smart phone, to connect to the internet. Wi-Fi will be installed throughout the town offering shoppers, residents and visitors free street-based Wi-Fi in the heart of the town centre. This service will cover Church Street, High Street and Market Square including Central and Railway Street car parks. By installing a fully managed guest Wi-Fi solution, the town is able to interact with visitors through the landing page. This will provide the latest information on the town, shopping and events.

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For more information contact Karen Uprichard T. 028 9446 3113 ext. 31344 or E: karen.uprichard@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

STEP INTO SPRING WITH ANTRIM TOWN Calling all fashionistas, potential models, bloggers or anyone thinking of pursuing a career in fashion, beauty or who simply likes to shop… For the first time, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will be showcasing the best of what Antrim Town retailers and bespoke boutiques have on offer for spring 2017. A contemporary spring fashion and beauty show will take place on Saturday 8 April 2017 in Castle Mall from 12pm to 3pm. Audiences will be treated to a stunning selection of the latest high street style trends including colours, cuts, patterns, textiles and silhouettes. As well as clothing and accessories, there will be hair and makeup demonstrations to help to complete the look. Why not come along and support your local shops?

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CALL FOR MODELS We are currently looking for male and female catwalk models aged from 16 to 25. Come along to Castle Mall on Thursday 23 March between 5pm and 8pm to see if you have what it takes to be Antrim’s next top model. Nuala Meenehan, one of Northern Ireland’s top models and Ulster Tatler columnist, is part of the model scout judging panel. She will pass on her expertise to the models selected so that Antrim puts its best foot forward.

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For more information contact Karen Uprichard T. 028 9446 3113 ext. 31344 or E: karen.uprichard@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk


LOCAL HORSE PHYSIOTHERAPIST WINS NI YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

GO FOR IT: WITH YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL Since October 2016, the Council has received more than 80 enquiries from across the Borough for the Go For It programme.

Katie Jane Wray of Horse and Hound Physiotherapy, Ballyclare has been awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Enterprise Northern Ireland Awards. Katie works mainly with horses as well as treating a range of other farm and domestic animals. Uniquely, she also organises high level training for animal physiotherapists and their trainers, bringing in top therapists from the UK to offer the best possible continuous professional development. In just one year she has set up a thriving business working across Ireland and is in such demand, she accompanies some of her clients to prestigious shows in Europe. Katie says: “I always loved animals and grew up riding horses and competing in national competitions. I spent five years studying and then went freelance but I really wanted to start my own business.” Katie received support in setting up her business from LEDCOM (Local Economic Development Company) in partnership with the Go For It programme. “Just over a year ago I met with LEDCOM. They helped me so much with all the aspects of setting up my business. I feel it’s quite uncommon for an agricultural business to be recognised in this way and I’m really proud that this highlights the innovation within our sector,” she added.

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From these, over 30 individuals are now actively working towards developing, or have completed, a business plan in partnership with Antrim Enterprise Agency and LEDCOM. The programme is open to anyone over the age of 16, living in the Borough and offers:

• One-to-one appointment with a specialist business advisor • Advice on how to access grants and funding • One to one financial and business planning advice • Access to best practice guides, tools and videos • Support and help to develop your own business Local Toomebridge entrepreneur, Kevin Best of Kevin Best Photography, has received business planning assistance through Antrim Enterprise Agency. Specialising in wedding and landscape photography, Kevin found the programme of support to be very good and informative: “My business advisor gave me clear direction on how much is involved in setting up a business. She helped me realise the costs that were involved and how much business I needed to generate. I found the support invaluable”.

For anyone interested in finding out more about the Go For It programme T: 0800 027 0639 or visit www.goforitni.com

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FORKLIFT TRUCK AND MECHANICAL HANDLING SAFETY AWARENESS Are you an employer who operates forklift trucks, order pickers, industrial trucks and other types of mechanical handling equipment? If so, then take note of a valuable learning opportunity which is being offered on Thursday 25 May from 10am to 1pm at Mossley Mill. For a small charge of ÂŁ15, you will hear from a range of speakers about the hazards associated with mechanical handling equipment and gain practical and helpful advice on what you as an employer can do to improve safety in your workplace and reduce the likelihood of a workplace accident.

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For more information contact Environmental Health T. 028 9034 0160 E. envhealth@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

PROUD TO BE A QUITTER This year, the Council showed its support for anyone wanting to quit smoking by working alongside the Public Health Agency to promote No Smoking Day.

The focus this year was on promoting No Smoking Day to staff and students at the Northern Regional College, with particular emphasis on the benefits which can be gained from quitting smoking. This includes better health, increased productivity, improved student and staff morale, a pleasant working environment and a better corporate image.

The Public Health Agency reports that in Northern Ireland, around 340,000 people aged 16 and over smoke. Smoking contributes to not only many cancers, heart disease, bronchitis and asthma, but other illnesses, including stroke, which causes around 2,400

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If you would like advice on what steps you can take to improve the health of your workforce, through workplace clinics, employee engagement events or developing / reviewing your smoke free policy T. 078 4195 4240 or 028 2826 2373 or visit www.want2stop.info

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SPORTS AWARDS WINNERS The first Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Sports Awards recently took place at Theatre at The Mill. Over 200 people attended the glittering awards ceremony, celebrating the invaluable work carried out by the many hundreds of volunteers and professionals involved in sport within our Borough.

Congratulations to our winners:

Services to Sport:Debbie Peachey

Club of the Year: Antrim Rovers

Janet Parkinson Award: John Jackson, Paul Gleghorne & Mark Gleghorne

Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Michael McKillop

Junior Sportsman of the Year: Tom McKibben

Coach of the Year: Pauline Thom

Junior Team of the Year: Merville Ju Jitsu Club

The next Sports Awards will take place in 2019.

Adult Sportsperson of the Year: Jonathan Rea

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BEE-LICIOUS BRINGS A BUZZ TO THE BOROUGH Back in October we brought you information on Bee-licious - an exciting new pollinator project which had just been awarded £76,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over the last few months, we have been working with seven other councils across Northern Ireland planning the three year project which has been designed to restore native flower-rich habitats for pollinating insects.

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Pollinators such as bumble bees and beetles are in decline and need our help. Why not come along and enjoy a range of FUN, FREE events where you can help make food and homes for these precious pollinating insects and learn more about pollinators.

For a list of upcoming events visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/events For more information contact Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer T. 028 9446 3113 E. ruth.wilson@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

SCRAMBLERS: RESPONSIBLE USE IS KEY As the bright nights approach again, Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and local Police are reminding parents to play their part by considering how their children use scramblers. Some scramblers don’t comply with Construction and Use Regulations and Safety and Vehicle Standards, therefore, are restricted to "off-road" use only. These vehicles should only be driven Bee-licious is supported by the National Lottery, through the on private land where the landowner has given permission and should not be driven on pavements, Heritage Lottery Fund ‘OurorHeritage Programme’. roads,(HLF), public property parks; this includes green grass areas and public paths.

For more information go to: www.hlf.org.uk

Council Park Wardens will be patrolling our local parks to try and deter the use of scramblers. The wardens are in constant contact with the PSNI to report offenders and everyone is encouraged to report scrambler incidents in the Borough to the PSNI by telephoning the non-emergency number, 101. Let’s keep our parks safe for all to enjoy.

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DO YOU HAVE THE BOROUGH’S BEST KEPT GARDEN? Following the success of last year’s Best Kept Garden competition, we are delighted to announce that entries for this year’s competition will open on 1 May. This year’s competition will now feature a number of new categories including Best Kept Front Garden and Best Kept Container Garden. For those under 18, there will be a Tallest Sunflower Competition and an award for the Best Kept School Grounds. Whether your garden is big or small, the competition is open to all residents within the Borough. So if you love your garden, or if you know of someone who works tirelessly to keep their garden looking beautiful then make sure you get an entry form in. Entry forms will be available from 1 May at www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ bestgarden Closing date for entries is Friday 9 June. Don’t forget to include photographs of your garden looking its best, as these will be used for shortlisting. Visits to the finalists will take place between 19-23 June, with the Tallest Sunflower and Best Kept Schools being judged in September.

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For more information contact Lindsay Houston T. 028 9034 0069 E. lindsay.houston@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

PARK WARDENS Our Borough is blessed with many beautiful parks and open spaces which are enjoyed regularly by our residents and visitors. Helping to keep our parks clean and safe are a group of Park Wardens who actively patrol the parks right across the Borough dealing with issues such as littering, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour. They also work alongside dog and litter wardens and have enforcement powers to issue fines. Watch out for the Park Wardens who will be out and about with their mobile over the next few months providing information and advice to those visiting the parks. The wardens will also be on hand to highlight issues in the area such as shared path safety and biodiversity as well as gathering feedback from the public.

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For further information contact Park Warden Team T. 028 9034 0275

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PRIDE OF PLACE AWARDS: WINNING COMMUNITIES At the annual Pride of Place Awards ceremony held in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, two groups from our Borough were presented with top awards. The all-island Pride of Place Awards are now in their 14th year and are known affectionately by many as the ‘Community Oscars.’ The awards promote and celebrate the best in community development and recognise the selfless efforts of people in making their neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise. TIDAL from Toomebridge were runners up in the category for Community Social Enterprises, while Rams Island Heritage Project were runners up in the category for Islands and Coastal Communities. Both organisations received a trophy and €500. The Council is delighted that the many hours of hard work that goes on in our communities has been recognised at an all-Ireland level.

LIKE AND SHARE We recently launched our Facebook page and need your help to like and share and spread the word that the page is up and running. To encourage all our followers to like and share our page there is a competition to win 12 months of treats. The prize includes meals out, theatre tickets, vouchers to use at the new Allen Park Golf simulator, free rounds of golf, free childrens’ activities and lots more. So get onto Facebook, like and share for a chance to win a treat a month for the next year.

We plan to bring you the latest news and events on Facebook and don’t forget you can also follow us on Twitter @ANBorough and we are also on YouTube. Get social with us and keep up to date!

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LOVE LIVING HERE: HAVE YOUR SAY We need you to help us shape the future of our Borough. It’s your chance to shape it for the future and have your say on two different plans. The Preferred Options Paper is about the space we live in and what it will look like in the future. The other, the Draft Community Plan, is about our quality of life and the things that matter to us. It’s called ‘Love Living Here.’ Many of you have already told us that you do and now the research has also identified some of the key issues our Borough has to face in the future. We have drafted a plan in conjunction with other partner agencies and organisations and we want to hear what you think of the Plan. If you love living here, it’s time to have your say. We need residents, business owners and service providers to help shape the future of this Borough. It is really important that you, the people who live and work here, comment on these documents and are part of informing how they develop.

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For further information on the: Preferred Options Paper contact Planning Draft Community Plan contact Alison Keenan

T. 0300 123 6677 T. 028 9034 0212

The plans are long term and ambitious, they will set out how we can continue to improve quality of life for our citizens through considered development and a focus on wellbeing. They present an opportunity to shape Antrim and Newtownabbey between now and 2030 so that we truly do Love Living Here. Both the Preferred Options Paper and Draft Community Plan are now available for public comment. Full details of the Local Development Plan and Draft Community Plan are available on the Council’s website; www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

E. planning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk E. communityplanning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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WHAT YOU TOLD US! Thank you if you took part in our recent communication surveys online, in Borough Life and in our leisure centres. The feedback you gave us has been really helpful and already we have been making some changes. 80% told us that Borough Life was good or very good and we got some great ideas for information to include in future issues. Lots of you still did not know that we had a digital version so we will be promoting that more in the future. 74% of you told us the website was good or excellent and we have taken on board comments about it being hard to navigate. We have committed to improve the website with easier navigation for key tasks. Finally, when we asked how you would like to find out about Council events you told us you wanted this information to be available on Facebook and we launched our Facebook page in January, as a response to this. Please see page 20 for more details.

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

Dunsilly

Ballyclare

Antrim Threemilewater

UUP Ulster Unionist Party TUV Traditional Unionist Voice

Airport

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 abbey.gov.uk

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

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

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

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

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 abbey.gov.uk

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

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

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

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

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 abbey.gov.uk

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

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

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

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

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


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 abbey.gov.uk

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

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

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

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

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 abbey.gov.uk

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

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

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

MICHAEL GOODMAN SINN FEIN T. 07827 818500
 E. michael.goodman @antrimandnew townabbey.gov.uk

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

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

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 abbey.gov.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 abbey.gov.uk

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

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

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

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OUR PERFORMANCE We are committed to delivering a range of ambitious improvements for our citizens and these are set out in our draft Corporate Improvement Plan for 2017/18. The purpose of this Plan is to demonstrate that the Council is delivering in areas of work where it aims to make a significant improvement to services and outcomes across the Borough. Our draft Plan sets out our strategic improvement objectives for 2017/18. On Thursday 2 March we commenced a 12-week consultation period to seek feedback from our stakeholders on our draft Corporate Improvement Plan.

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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

Pest Control (Consult your phone directory) Rates (Property Rating & Valuation)

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To have your say visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ consultations. Alternatively, if you would like a hard copy of the draft Plan and questionnaire contact T. 028 9034 0083

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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 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)


CONTACT THE COUNCIL CIVIC CENTRES Antrim Newtownabbey

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LEISURE CENTRES Allen Park Antrim Forum Ballyearl Crumlin Sixmile Valley

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THEATRES Courtyard Theatre Old Courthouse Theatre Theatre at The Mill

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

RECYCLING CENTRES Opening times for recycling centres are available at www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/recycling Craigmore (Randalstown) Crumlin Newpark (Antrim) Bruslee O’Neill Road

028 9447 3813 028 9442 3640 028 9442 8107 028 9034 0056 028 9034 0056

COMMUNITY CENTRES Contact details for community centres are available at www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

PARK WARDENS To report an incident in a park

028 9034 0275

BIN COLLECTION Check your bin collection day at www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/binchecker 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

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