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CONTENTS

MAYOR’S MESSAGE

BOROUGH LIFE // MARCH 2018

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GET TO KNOW OUR LOCAL GOLFERS

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COUCH 2 GOLF

Welcome to the March issue of Borough Life, our residents’ magazine that keeps you up to date with Council services, events and news.

FIT AT 50

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21ST COMMONWEALTH GAMES SMALL LEISURE GRANTS PROGRAMME

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EVERYBODY ACTIVE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME MORE SUCCESS

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ANTRIM LIVE EASTER THEATRE WORSHOPS RATES SPRING EVENTS BUSINESS ADVICE WHY DON’T YOU GO FOR IT? LANDSCAPE QUESTIONNAIRE OUR PERFORMANCE

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VALLEY PARK VISITORS PARK LIFE

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FOREST SCHOOLS FAMILIES ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE THE BIG SPRING CLEAN

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BULKY COLLECTIONS LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE

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BAG IT AND BIN IT

PEACE IV PROGRAMME ROAD SAFE ROADSHOW

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JOBS FAIR

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OUR COUNCILLORS ALL THINGS ENCHANTED USEFUL NUMBERS

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As always, we have a major focus on recycling in our Borough (pages 18 and 19). Recent statistics show an increase of 17% in food and garden waste recycling, which is fantastic news and I would like to congratulate you all in helping our Borough become an even better place. Our new MORE family leisure membership has been going from strength to strength and I am delighted to report that earlier in the year we signed up our 10,000th member. It is fantastic to see so many of you leading a healthier and active lifestyle. If you haven’t taken out a membership yet then make sure you check it out. See page 7 for more details. I hope you all have an enjoyable Easter. Councillor Paul Hamill Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey

SPRING HAS SPRUNG HOW YOUR BUSINESS CAN HELP OUR BOROUGH

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Our beautiful parks and open spaces are a real asset to our Borough, providing you with places to enjoy with friends or walk your dog. I am proud to say that our Borough has 14 Green Flag award winning parks and open spaces so if you have some spare time, why not find somewhere special in the Borough to suit you. See page 16 for more details.

RECYCLING TIPS

REPORT ALL

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Now that spring is well and truly here, it is time to get outdoors and enjoy the better weather. We have lots of events and activities inside this edition for you and all the family to enjoy including Antrim Live, Easter Camps, Easter Rally, Garden Show Ireland and much more! For a full list of all our events, see pages 12 and 13.

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GET TO KNOW OUR LOCAL GOLFERS… TIARNAN MCLARNON We recently caught up with local golfer, Tiarnan McLarnon whose golfing career is going from strength to strength. Tiarnan regularly plays at Allen Park, and uses the golf simulator on site to help perfect his play.

TOM MCKIBBIN

I began playing golf when I was about seven and became a member at Allen Park when I was eleven.

Tom McKibbin’s golfing success began at a very young age having scooped awards including the Under 12 World Champion back in 2015 and more recently the U18 Junior Honda Classic. At the last Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Sports Awards, Tom was also crowned Junior Sportsman of the Year demonstrating his talent, commitment and ability in golf.

Where do you like to practice?

What age did you start playing golf?

What age did you start playing golf?

I spend a lot of my time at Allen Park. The golf simulator there is fantastic as it allows me to work on the technical parts of my game such as ball flight, ball speed, spin and yardage. These are the things that make the difference at elite level and this piece of equipment provides feedback that a coach can’t see or tell you.

What has been your biggest success to date? My biggest success to date is winning the AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship in 2015.

Out of all the courses you have played on, which has been your favourite? My favourite home course is Royal Portush and the best course I've played outside Ireland is Sebonack, Long Island, New York.

What has been your biggest challenge throughout your golfing career? My biggest challenge is probably balancing my working life with high level golf.

I started playing golf when I was eight years old, my friend was going to the driving range and I went with him.

What has been your biggest success to date? I’ve had alot of success - my first big success would have to be the World Championships in 2015 in Pinehurst, North Carolina, however winning the Junior Honda Classic Under 18 division last month is right up there too.

Out of all the courses you have played on, which has been your favourite? It would have to be Lake Nona Orlando, Florida.

What has been your biggest challenge so far? In 2016 I was invited to play a Challenge Tour event - the Northern Ireland Open which was held at Galgorm Castle. I was the third youngest amateur to ever play in a professional European Tour event.

Who is your golfing inspiration? Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell!

Who is your golfing inspiration? My golfing inspiration is Tiger Woods, always has been.

What is your dream competition to play in and why? Playing an Open Championship, Royal Portrush would be ideal.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take up golf?

What is your dream competition to play in? The Masters at Augusta National.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take up golf? JUST DO IT

I would say go for it, give it your all and enjoy the game.

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LEISURE

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COUCH 2 GOLF Looking for a hobby that you can do with a friend or partner? Fancy a sport that has a social side to it? Golf could be the game for you!

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For more information or to book T. 07791 741078 or E. petermccarroll@live.co.uk

Designed by PGA Professional Peter McCarroll, Couch 2 Golf is a five week introduction to the sport and is specifically tailored for absolute beginners who have never picked up a golf club. You will learn the fundamentals of this great game in a fun and relaxed group environment. The culmination will be a two-hour session out on the golf course. Taking place at Allen Park the course begins week commencing 9 April and costs £60 for the five weeks. Session times are Mondays 6-7pm, Mondays 7-8pm or Tuesdays 7-8pm (one hour per week). Please note you must attend the same session each week.

FIT AT 50 We have lots of classes available for over 50s across the Borough, most of which are included in our MORE membership. These classes are the perfect way to lead a healthier and active lifestyle as well as the added social benefit of being connected to your community. For more information or to book, please contact the centre directly (contact details on page 27). MONDAY

10am-12pm

Sixmile Leisure Centre

50+ Club

£2.00

10.30-11.30am

Valley Leisure Centre

Keep Fit

£1.70

10.30am-1.30pm

Antrim Forum

Fit & Active

£3.00

10am-12pm

Crumlin Leisure Centre

Fit & Active

£2.00

10am-12pm

Valley Leisure Centre

50+ Club

£2.00

2-4pm

Valley Leisure Centre

Tea Dance

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10.30-11.30am

Valley Leisure Centre

Keep Fit

£1.70

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10am-12pm

Sixmile Leisure Centre

50+ Club

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10.30am-1.30pm

Antrim Forum

Fit & Active

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12-1pm

Valley Leisure Centre

Aquafit

£1.70

10.30am-12pm

Stiles Community Centre

Fit & Active*

£2.50

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FRIDAY

You may also be interested in going along to one of the many community or voluntary organisations throughout the Borough. There are lunch clubs, craft groups, social groups, church based groups, friendship groups, history and reminiscence groups, men’s sheds, women’s institutes, tea dances and a range of other organisations specifically for older people spread throughout the Borough.

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If you are interested in finding out more about any of these organisations contact Community Development T. 028 9034 0060

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BOROUGH REPRESENTED AT 21st COMMONWEALTH GAMES

SMALL LEISURE GRANTS PROGRAMME Are you an athlete or club excelling in your chosen sport? Would support help take you to the next level? The Council's Leisure Grants Programme reopens on 1 April and could provide you with the help you need. Elite individuals can apply for financial support to assist with training and competition costs at the highest levels, while clubs can apply for support to enhance or develop existing facilities, purchase specialist equipment or even capital projects. Here’s a few of our former leisure grant recipients and their successes. This could be you…

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• Danielle Hill (Swimming) and Zak Wilson (Table Tennis) Both selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Squad

SPORT

ROLE

Danielle Hill

Aquatics

Athlete

James Brown

Aquatics

Athlete

Conor Ferguson

Aquatics

Athlete

Andrew Stewart

Badminton

Team Coach

Michaela Walsh

Boxing

Athlete

Aidan Walsh

Boxing

Athlete

Neil Booth

Lawn Bowls

Men’s Coach

Zak Wilson

Table Tennis

Athlete

Cameron Montgomery

Weightlifting

Athlete

• Katie Woods (Trampoline) NI Trampoline Gymnast of the Year 2018 and selected for the British Gymnastics Foundation Squad

Performance Analyst

• Jordan Hunter (Trampoline) Selected for the British Gymnastics Foundation Squad

Laura Ostler

The Commonwealth Games ‘TEAM NI’ announcement took place on Wednesday 3 January 2018, at Theatre at the Mill. Selection for this squad is an exceptional achievement and ten individuals from our OFFICIAL Borough (see above) will join the team SUPPORTER OF this year across seven sports as athletes, TEAMNI coaches and support staff. Council, #GoTeamNI through the Leisure Grants Programme, has committed to support these participants to attend the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia from 4-15 April. In addition, the Every Body Active Netball Coach for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough, Lisa Bowman, will attend as part of the Netball Northern Ireland Squad. We wish them the best of luck at the Games; make sure you tune in to see how they get on.

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• Reece Black (Golf) The youngest winner in the 77-year history of the East of Ireland Amateur Open. He shot a sensational six-under-par 66 to win by three strokes at County Louth • Tom McKibbin (Golf) Winner at the U18 Junior Honda Classic. Promoted to the U18 Irish National Panel (only 14 years old)

• Leia and Ella Cassells (Kickboxing) Won Gold and Silver medals respectively at the World Kickboxing Union Full Contact World Championships.

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For more information on Leisure Grants T. 028 9446 3113 or E. leisuregrants@ antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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EVERYBODY ACTIVE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME

If you think you, your sports club, your community/voluntary organisation or school PTA could benefit from this funding, make sure you submit an application online via antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/Residents/Grants

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For more information on Leisure Grants T. 028 9446 3113 or E. leisuregrants@ antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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For more information visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/more or T. 028 94 481499

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Over 2,000 residents across the Borough have benefitted from previously funded projects over the last year.

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Financial support is available for individuals and groups in the Borough for physical activity projects. Preference will be given to those projects that involve women and girls, people with a disability or those living in areas of social need.

In January, we signed up our 10,000th member since our new leisure membership scheme was launched in October. We are overwhelmed with the uptake of the new membership package and delighted that residents are choosing to lead a more active lifestyle. Our family leisure membership is available for just £39 per month and includes the gym, fitness classes, spa, soft play, swimming pools, children’s classes and much more. So if you are wanting more family time this spring or want to get more fit and active then our family leisure membership is perfect for you.

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In partnership with Sport NI, we are pleased to announce that the Everybody Active Small Grants Programme will reopen on 1 April.

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

with Soda Popz

FRI 6 APRIL // THE OLD COURTHOUSE 7.30pm // Adm. £12 & £10 (Concession) // 16+

FRI 6 to SUN 8

APRIL 2018

A CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA OF ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT RIGHT IN THE HEART OF ANTRIM TOWN

ANTRIM LIVE is back! Bringing an extravaganza of entertainment right into the heart of Antrim Town. There is a feast of festivities planned with something to tantalise every taste, guaranteed to bring a buzz to Antrim Town.

Fellas... slick your hair back, Ladies... put on your best red lippy and rock around the clock with Northern Ireland’s only 1950s/60s Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Soda Popz! This sensational seven piece band returns to The Old Courthouse to pay a memorable tribute to some of the best-loved hits from that fabulous era as well as giving some modern tunes a rock ‘n’ roll twist. This two hour spectacular is guaranteed to get any audience dancing in the aisles!

STORYTELLING with Mr. Hullabaloo SAT 7 APRIL // ANTRIM LIBRARY 2-2.45pm & 3-3.45pm // Adm. £3

Tots, teens, seniors and shoppers are all catered for in what promises to be three days of fantastic festival fun… we know you are going to LOVE Antrim Live! For further event listings, more information or to book tickets visit:

antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ AntrimLive

Enjoy a totally unique and creative storytelling experience with the one and only Mr. Hullabaloo. Watch in amazement as the enchanting kingdom of Hullabaloo is brought vividly to life with puppets, props and special guests.

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Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult but tickets only need to be purchased for the children.


BABY RAVE

BUSKING LIVE

SAT 7 APRIL // THE OLD COURTHOUSE 10.30am & 12noon

SAT 7 APRIL // ANTRIM TOWN 1-3pm

The original and the best! Come along and get down to the beats with a fun-filled rave designed especially for the under 4’s. Dance with your baby or toddler to non-stop uplifting dance music, enjoy colourful visual projections and explore a range of sensory toys. The duration of each rave is 60 minutes. Adm. £9 for one adult and one child under 4 years; Additional child or adult £4.50 Age: Parents / carers with children under 4 years

FUN FAIR

on High Street SAT 7 APRIL // 11-5pm SUN 8 APRIL // 1-5pm

The competition, which has a prize pot of £250, runs from 1-3pm at 6 performance areas across Antrim town and offers a number of categories, including overall winner, best adult individual, best band, best junior and best performance. Performers must be able to play acoustically or provide their own battery operated sound system if required. Anyone wishing to enter please email Karen Smyth at karen.smyth@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk to register and for further information.

WONDERLAND WOOD Treasure Trail SAT 7 & SUN 8 APRIL // CASTLE GARDENS 1-3pm // Adm. Adults - £1, Children - £2

Enjoy all the fun of the fair as Antrim High Street comes alive with a whole range of fairground favourites for all the family. Adm. FREE // Games and rides individually priced

CRAFT & FOOD MARKET

Come and be enchanted as we lead you on a tantalising treasure trail where an array of quirky characters will guide you and surprise you as they SAT 7 APRIL // 10-5pm take you through our wonderful, Wonderland Wood! Adm. FREE For the very first time this afternoon adventure is available to treasure hunters young and old who Wander around the stalls at our simply need to book a day/time and make their way fantastic Craft Fair at Market to The Old Courthouse, Antrim Town where the jolly Square in Antrim. Enjoy the live journey will begin. music, try some delicious street Don’t hesitate or you could be too late... book that food and pick up some unique ticket and make a special date…. magic, adventure products from our selection of and fun awaits! artisan traders. BOROUGH LIFE // MARCH 2018 antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/BoroughLife

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EASTER THEATRE WORKSHOPS

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We have two fabulous workshops this Easter at Theatre at The Mill and The Courtyard Theatre for young people aged between 5 and 18 years.

THEATRE AT THE MILL

HOME SPUN YOUTH DRAMA

2-6 APRIL // 10AM-5PM // 8-18YRS

SCHOOL

Performance: Friday 6 April // 7pm Price: £125 (Includes 7 free tickets to the performance) Join our celebrated creative team and star in the greatest musical of all time. This week long workshop offers young people the opportunity to perform in this stunning musical in a professional theatre with costumes, staging and lighting. Learn from the best in the business, mastering the dance routines, perfecting the lines and putting on a show for family and friends in just one week.

THE COURTYARD THEATRE

Do you love singing and dancing and fancy yourself on the big stage? If so we would love to see you at our Home Spun Youth Theatre which takes place each Saturday at The Eyre Studio at Clotworthy House, Antrim.

CLOTHWORTHY HOUSE AGE: 6-10YRS // 9.30AM-11.30AM AGE: 11-18YRS // 11.45AM-2PM Under the direction of Musical Director Matthew Campbell, this specially designed course which specialises in musical theatre, offers young people the opportunity to sing, act and perform and have fun as they work their way through iconic scenes from some of the world’s most popular musicals.

2-7 APRIL // 10AM-4.30PM // 5-10YRS Performance: Saturday 7 Apr // 12pm Price: £125 (includes 4 free tickets to the performance) If your little ones have a passion for singing, dancing and drama, then get them signed up for Aladdin this Easter! This workshop gives children the chance to perform in Disney’s enchanting musical in a professional theatre setting. Under the direction of Anna McNamara, in just one week students will learn from the best in the business, putting on a show for their family and friends.

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THE COURTYARD THEATRE AGE: 6-10YRS // 10AM-12PM AGE: 11-18YRS // 12.30PM-2.30PM If you fancy yourself as the next Kenneth Branagh, then sign up for our Home Spun Youth Drama which takes place at The Courtyard Theatre each Saturday under the direction of Patsy Hughes. This all year course offers young people the opportunity to develop their skills as an actor, examining text, improvisation, voice projection and performance skills.


ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY HAS THE LOWEST OVERALL AVERAGE RATES INCREASE OF ALL NI COUNCILS SINCE 2015 At a Special Council meeting on 12 February 2018, the Council agreed its District Rates, which come into effect on 1 April 2018. The setting of the 2018/19 rates has been very challenging with Land and Property Services (LPS) confirming in September 2017 that a substantial rates refund of almost £1M was payable by the Council. This arose from a successful appeal of a rates valuation with LPS. This was totally outside the control of the Council and had a significant impact on this year’s and future years’ budgets. In addition, next year’s budget has also had to account for the 2% public sector pay inflation. After a four year rates freeze for ratepayers in the Newtownabbey area there will be a 3% increase in domestic rates. Following three consecutive years of rates decreases for ratepayers in the Antrim area, there will be a 2.48% increase in domestic rates. This year, commercial ratepayers across both Antrim and Newtownabbey areas will see a 2.48% increase, following three consecutive years of rates decreases. Despite the challenges faced in setting this year’s rates, Antrim and Newtownabbey has the lowest overall average rates increase, of all Northern Ireland councils, since 2015.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill commented: “It’s been a very challenging time for Council. The significant rates rebate and the associated reduction in future rates income led to further examination of planned expenditure. With thorough financial planning and further efficiencies, the rates for 2018/19 have been set. Councillor Hamill continued; “Since the elections in 2014 the Council has delivered an extensive capital development programme during this period and is committed to future capital development programmes. This will see the continuation of a public realm scheme in Antrim, refurbishment works in our leisure centres, some play areas, public carparks and the commencement of the exciting V36 Skateboard Park. We are also planning recycling improvements for residents, which will see our Council area retain its reputation as a top recycling performer. “Given the recent significant job losses in the Borough, we have also set aside some funds which will allow us to invest in strategic projects which will be directly linked to job creation in the Borough through collaborative opportunities such as City Deal and the Heathrow Hub.” The Regional Rate portion of the Rates bills is set by the Northern Ireland Assembly and has yet to be agreed.

BREAKDOWN OF RATES EXPENDITURE

2% Community 4

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29% Waste

Management

Council Assets

Democratic Representation

5% Other 5% Community Services

21% Recreation 6% Regulatory Services

10% Culture Tourism &

Economic Development

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SPRING EVENTS BALLYCLARE CINEMA 24 March, 8pm Ballyclare Town Hall, £5 My Ferral Heart A young man with Down Syndrome is forced to move to a care home after his elderly mother dies, where he struggles to adapt to his new surroundings and rules he is unfamiliar with. He slowly comes out of his shell when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a troubled resident of the group home. For more information or to book visit facebook.com/ picturehousebcc

EASTER CAMPS 4-5 April, Antrim Forum and Valley Leisure Centre, £20 We have plenty to keep the kids entertained over the Easter holidays with our Easter Camps. Suitable for age 5+, activities include hockey, rugby, badminton, dodgeball and more. For more information or to book visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/easter

EASTER RALLY 6-7 April, Borough wide, FREE to spectate The Ulster Automobile Club (UAC), Northern Ireland’s longest established Motor Club, is organising this new special stage rally which will be a round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. It is a brand new competitive closed road car rally with up to 100 crews in a national event. Six of the stages will take place in Templepatrick and Antrim and we are delighted to sponsor this event. The service area and start of the rally will be at Sixmile Leisure Centre, on 6 April. For more information T. 028 9446 3113 or E. karen.steele@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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TRIATHLON Sunday 15 April, Valley Leisure Centre, €45 Fancy a challenge? Registration is open for this year’s triathlon, consisting of 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Closing date for applications is Friday 6 April at 4pm. All abilities are welcome. For more information, including route maps or to register visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/valley

COMMONWEALTH 14 April, Antrim Castle Gardens The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 52 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. In April 2018, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) when leaders from all the member countries will gather in London and Windsor. They will come together to reaffirm our common values, address the shared global challenges we face and agree how to work to create a better future for all our citizens, particularly young people. Do you live in the Borough and are you from one of the Commonwealth countries? If so, we would love to hear from you as we are planning a celebration event in April to mark the occasion of the Heads of Government meeting. To register your details E. clotworthy@ antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or T. 028 9442 8331.

QUEEN'S ROYAL GUN SALUTE 21 April 12pm, Antrim Castle Gardens, FREE Royal Gun Salutes mark special Royal occasions with six held annually in Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle.

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Due to closure for refurbishment we are delighted that Antrim Castle Gardens has been chosen to host the Queen's Royal Gun Salute to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. The event presents a wonderful opportunity for the public to experience this unique tradition. For more information T. 028 9448 1338

BALLYCLARE MAY FAIR 22-26 May, Ballyclare The Ballyclare May Fair will run from Tuesday 22 until Saturday 26 May at various locations in the town and everyone is welcome! This year the May Fair will include the Mayor's Parade, horse trading fair, music, tea dancing, local business awards, road race and fun run. There will also be exhibitions, amusements, traditional craft workshops, fireworks and new for this year, a Soapbox Derby.

GARDEN SHOW IRELAND 4-6 May, Antrim Castle Gardens, Adult £9, Senior £7, Children FREE

Do you fancy getting involved in the May Fair?

A fabulous festival of flowers, food and fun returns to Antrim Castle Gardens from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May. This three day show is a big hit with gardening enthusiasts and attracts thousands of visitors to the Borough. For more information visit gardenshowireland.com

Do you have experience in parade marshalling, event stewarding, car park supervision, crowd management or links with local groups? If you feel you could give up your time during May in the run up to and during the festival please get in touch. Training will be provided. For more information T. 028 9034 0041 or E. vanessa.postle@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/mayfair or facebook.com/ballyclaremayfair

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

ULSTER RALLY 17-18 August, Borough wide, FREE to spectate

Saturday 12 May, V36 Last year, over 150,000 people took part in Darkness into Light at 150 venues across the globe to help those in suicidal crisis, people who are self-harming, and those who have been bereaved by suicide. Delivered in partnership with FOCUS, the walk will commence in the dark at 4.15am with participants walking into the light as dawn breaks. For more information or to register visit dil.pieta.ie

The John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally is taking place across the Borough on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August. We will bring you more information on this speedy event in our next issue of Borough Life. To keep up to date with all news on the rally visit ulsterrally.com

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DOES YOUR BUSINESS NEED SOME ADVICE? In this issue we catch up with Antrim and Mallusk Enterprise Agencies to find out what help is available for businesses in the Borough. Mallusk Enterprise Park provides 50,000 sq ft of workspace comprising of office and industrial units. We are a social enterprise with charitable status and a member of Enterprise Northern Ireland. This Emma Garrett means we can deliver start-up support through the Go For It programme, help people finance their business through the ENI Loan Fund and enable existing businesses to grow via Co-Innovate.

What is your role and what inspired you to take on this role?

Antrim Enterprise Agency has been playing a pivotal role in the Antrim and more recently, Newtownabbey area Kerry McClintock for over 25 years by encouraging, guiding, motivating and inspiring individuals into self-employment. We achieve this by providing business advice, funding support and workspace area. We believe that all clients who come through our doors are helped, encouraged and supported on their entrepreneurial journey and are given the right support at the right time of their business growth and development.

What is your role and what inspired you to take on this role? I am the Business Development Manager and my role is to explore and deliver a range of enterprise projects.

I am Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of the Board of Directors. I am passionate about entrepreneurship and keen to create new and exciting initiatives which will make a difference to peoples’ lives within the Borough. Our advice and training can provide people with a means by which they can earn money for the rest of their lives.

I get my inspiration from the clients that I work with as I feel my job is to support them in realising their dream. Very often there is a fear of starting a business or a lack of information about how to go about it. All they need is an ear to listen to their idea and support to help them set goals to achieve their entrepreneurial objectives.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs or local business owners?

What business trends can you foresee for 2018?

My advice would be “no business is an island!” Make contact with your Local Enterprise Agency to avail of the fantastic free support they provide. Another piece of advice would be network, network, network! Everyone knows something which you don’t… opportunities don’t magically appear; you need to create them!

• THE CLOUD: every business needs to embrace some form of cloud based technology as it will make the business more efficient • GET PERSONAL: gone are the days of the stock images or cold calling, customers want and need to know who you are • GET ONLINE: soon your phone will be your wallet. Customers want to buy where and when they want

ARE YOU READY TO DO BUSINESS? The Council procures a wide variety of goods and services. In line with procurement legislation and best practice, the Council uses the following electronic procurement portals to promote the opportunities: • eTendersNI https://etendersni.gov.uk • eSourcingNI https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution. co.uk/ Please take the time to register to see and respond to tender opportunities from the Council.

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• FLEXIBLE WORKING: businesses need to get smart with where they are working as more people are working remotely • GO LIVE: Nothing drives business better than live social media interaction and in person contact.

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WHY DON’T YOU GO FOR IT? If you are aged 16 or over and interested in being your own boss, then the ‘Go for It’ programme is for you. It will help you to fully explore your business idea with the advice and guidance of a business advisor. As well as one-to-one support, you will have support through finance and business planning workshops to help develop your business plan. This will help map out the initial start-up phase of your business.

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LANDSCAPE CHARACTER QUESTIONNAIRE As part of the new Local Development Plan process, the Council is carrying out an assessment of landscapes to help update and inform local landscape designations. The Forward Planning Team would like your help with this project so please let us know about your favourite landscapes and places. These may be hills, drumlins or valleys close to your home, the kinds of places you might choose to take a friend visiting the area. These landscapes may also be special places or important in your everyday life. They can include landscapes that cross the boundaries into neighbouring Council areas. This information will help us to create an appraisal for a borough wide Landscape Character Assessment. Make sure you visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/planning at the end of March to fill in the questionnaire and let us know your favourite places. If you have any queries, please contact the Forward Planning Team on T. 0300 123 6677. The Forward Planning Team will be publishing a new Local Development Plan timetable. This will set out the key dates for the public consultation on the new Local Development Plan.

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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 Annual Performance and Business Plan 2018-19.

Corporate Improvement Plan

2018 -19

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 objectives for 2018/19 and on Thursday 1 March we will commence a 12-week consultation period. It is important that we get your feedback on our draft Plan, so keep the date in your diary.

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Further information will be made available on our website or by contacting the Forward Further information will be made available Planning Team using on our website or by contacting the Forward the details above Planning Team using the details above.

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CALLING ALL VALLEY PARK VISITORS Regular visitors may have noticed some improvement works being carried out over the winter months. This has included the creation of wildflower meadows and woodland management, thanks to the Belfast Hills Partnership (BHP) Project Wildlife Connections.

PARK LIFE

As well as improving habitats, BHP is looking for Volunteer Wildlife Connections Wardens.

Did you know that there are 14 Green Flag award winning parks and open spaces across the Borough? Why not take some time this spring to pay a visit?

WHAT CAN VOLUNTEER WARDENS DO?

The Green Flag Award is an international certification which recognises parks and open spaces with high levels of maintenance, facilities and community involvement.

You can give as little or as much time as you have free, something as simple as reporting issues that require attention would greatly help. If you can commit more time then take advantage of training opportunities, help with local events or take part in surveys of the site.

Included in the 2017/18 awards were a few firsttime winners, including Jordanstown Loughshore Park, Hazelbank Park and Gideons Green, Mill Race Trail, Valley Park and Wallace Park. Ballyeaston Church Ruin which is managed and maintained by volunteers from Ballyeaston Village Committee, received a second Green Flag Community Award. Parks and open spaces are an important resource for people and wildlife. So if you want to blow the winter cobwebs away or simply take the dog for a walk, you will find somewhere special to suit you in the Borough!

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If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Warden for Valley Park or volunteering work on other sites in the Belfast Hills, contact Noel Rice T. 028 9060 3466 or E. noel.rice@belfasthills.org

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FOREST SCHOOLS FAMILIES If you fancy something more than a push on the swings when you visit the park, then check out Forest Schools Families with lots of ideas of how to have fun with nature. The website is full of activities that the whole family can enjoy outdoors. Remember, it’s not just for schools, any group can enjoy the activities.

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WE ARE COMMITTED TO ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE Council has been acknowledged for its good Environmental Management Systems. Not only has our certification for Environmental Management been renewed in line with the international standard ISO 14001, we have been awarded silver in the annual Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey. This survey measures environmental engagement by Northern Ireland organisations and in one year we have moved from the bronze to silver award. The survey assesses our performance with energy, water and waste. This achievement highlights the excellent team work across the Council and increased awareness in environmental issues as a result of the ISO 14001 accreditation.

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For more information on the award and ISO 14001 T. 028 9034 0069 or E. lindsay. houston@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

THE BIG SPRING CLEAN

The BIG Spring Clean is Northern Ireland's biggest volunteer clean-up and we need your help to make it happen this April! In spring 2017, 111,000 volunteers got involved in clean-up events across Northern Ireland, removing an amazing 141 tonnes of litter (that's equivalent to 77 family cars!) The BIG Spring Clean supports local community clean-ups across all 11 council areas in Northern Ireland. It is open to individuals, schools, community groups and businesses wishing to rid their streets of litter and discarded rubbish. You can help in any one of these ways: • Take part in a clean-up near you. • Organise your own clean-up and receive a FREE kit.

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For more information visit liveherelovehere.org

SPONSOR SANDYKNOWES ROUNDABOUT

Advertise your business here T. 028 9034 0034

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Would you like to advertise your business on the busiest roundabout in our Borough? We are now offering you the opportunity to promote your businesses on Sandyknowes roundabout, one of our Borough’s most recognised locations with over 65,000 vehicles using the roundabout daily. The roundabout will be undergoing refurbishment in the upcoming months so if you would like to be the first sponsor of this busy location contact Communications T. 028 9034 0034 or E. comms@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk to register for an information pack

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BULKY COLLECTIONS You can now book your bulky collections online and find out lots of information about waste and recycling.

LOVE FOOD, HATE WASTE: VEGETABLES

Please check the website for the items and quantities of waste that we can lift, otherwise we may have to charge you for the removal of the bulky items.

This yummy snack or lunch is the perfect way to use up those leftover vegetables in your fridge.

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BACON AND TOMATO SODA BREAD

For more information or to arrange a bulky collection T. 028 9034 0056 or visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/bulkywaste

• 4 slices back bacon, chopped • 4 spring onions, sliced

• 450g (1lb) plain flour • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • 284mls buttermilk

• 100g (4oz) cherry tomatoes, halved

THANK YOU!

1 Preheat the oven to 220oC, gas mark 7.

We want to thank you all for supporting our ‘No Food Waste in Your Black Bin’ campaign. From April to December 2017, we experienced a fantastic 17% increase in the amount of food and garden waste collected from households in the Borough, helping us save an impressive £102,250! Well done!

2 Fry the bacon, spring onions and tomatoes for 3-4

minutes and allow to cool. 3 Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and 1 tsp salt in a

large bowl. 4 Mix in the bacon mixture. Make a well in the centre and

pour in the buttermilk. 5 Using your hands lightly knead to form a dough which

should be soft but not sticky. 6 Mould into a large round loaf and place on a lightly

greased baking tray. Make a cross in the top with a knife. 7 Bake for 30 minutes until golden and sounding hollow

when tapped on the base. 8 Slice and serve with leftover roast meat, ham or cheese.

This idea will get you started but why not tweet us yours @ANBorough for a chance to win a family swim!

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

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RECYCLING TIPS REDUCING WASTE

MORE BAGS PLEASE!

A lot of waste is generated by buying more than we need. Reducing waste is the most sustainable and environmentally beneficial thing you can do. This is because waste that is not created in the first place does not need to be re-used, recycled or disposed of.

If you need more food waste bags, please tie your last bag or red tag to your brown bin or caddy when you leave it out for collection. You can always collect rolls of food waste bags from any of our main household recycling centres or leisure centres.

GARDEN WASTE

DON’T FORGET TO RECYCLE YOUR CARDBOARD!

If you have a large quantity of garden waste or large items such as branches, trunks, soil or turf, please take it to one of our five recycling centres across the Borough.

Yes please: Cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal boxes, dishwasher tablet boxes)

HANDY TIPS FOR RECYCLING Remove all food packaging before putting the waste in your food waste bin

Corrugated cardboard

Remember to rinse and recycle the packaging, if possible

Online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes (remove all plastic inserts and polystyrene as well as packing tape)

Only use the food waste bags we supply - they decompose with the food waste and we supply them free of charge

Greetings cards (tear off any glitter, badges and batteries) Egg boxes Brown paper

WHERE DOES IT GO? The food and garden waste that you put into your brown bin is taken to an in-vessel composting processing plant outside Belfast. It is recycled into a compost that is used in your local parks, allotments and given away to householders at composting events at our recycling centres.

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If you don’t have a food waste bin or a kitchen food waste caddy you can request one via E. waste@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

Food and drink cartons If you live in the Antrim area all cardboard goes into your blue bin or if you live in the Newtownabbey area, cardboard goes into your triple stack or kerbie bin.

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C A RD that is staine d or dirty with food, grease, paint or dirt (e.g. pizza bo xes) can be put into yo ur BROWN BIN.

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BAG IT AND BIN IT Our Borough is a beautiful place where people enjoy living and working. We want to work with you to keep our Borough clean and tidy by making it easier to clean up after your dog, as well as reporting those who don’t.

How can you help? We would like you to tell us where and when offending owners are walking their dogs and allowing them to foul. By passing on this information, this will increase the chances of our Enforcement Officers being in the right place at the right time. To report an offender contact Environmental Health T. 028 9034 0160 or E. envhealth@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

REPORT ALL

How we can help If Enforcement Officers catch someone failing to immediately clean up after their dog a £80 Fixed Penalty Notice can be served or the offender can be prosecuted. To help reduce the problem, the Council’s Enforcement Officers have been stepping up patrols in hotspot areas as well as providing advice and free dog waste bags to dog walkers. We understand that in some areas of the Borough, a dog fouling bin may not be close by. If you would like to request a dog fouling bin for your area, please contact Environmental Health T. 028 9034 0160 or E. envhealth@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

Are you aware of the Report All app? The app helps you to report problems directly from your phone such as litter, graffiti, dog fouling and fly tipping as well as anti-social behaviour. Please remember to specify the location and your contact details to get updates on the problem.

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To download the app, see page 2 for QR codes or visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/reportall

Your dog, your mess. Bag it & bin it! Don’t Mess with Our Place

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HOW YOUR BUSINESS CAN HELP OUR BOROUGH

SPRING HAS SPRUNG – STAY SAFE Now spring has sprung, thoughts turn to freshening up our homes with a good spring clean. As the dusters come out it’s also an opportunity to think about how secure the furniture is that we are cleaning. Are large items like bookcases, chests of drawers, wardrobes and flat screen TVs secure? Ensure that tall, heavy furniture is secured to the wall with a bracket or tether meaning that it cannot topple over.

Businesses within our Borough are actively encouraged to take a leading role in contributing to the quality and appearance of the local environment. The environment in which we live, work, shop and relax is hugely important to both local residents and visitors to our town centre and surrounding areas. If you are a local business and want to do your bit to help you can do the following: Ensure that bin areas are actively maintained and kept clean and tidy Provide sand buckets or wall-mounted ash trays Encourage both staff and customers alike to take responsibility for their own waste. We greatly appreciate the efforts of all businesses in helping create a borough that is clean, inviting and attractive to residents and visitors alike.

When reaching up to dust the top of tall furniture and curtain rails for example, use a securely located step ladder rather than climbing on chairs to reach up high. When finished, ensure that all cleaning chemicals are stored away out of reach of children in a high up locked cupboard along with all other ‘everyday use’ chemicals such as bleach, disinfectants, dishwasher/ washing machine liquitabs and powders. Now may also be a good time to check medicine boxes or cupboards for out of date medicines that are no longer needed. These should be disposed of by taking them to your local pharmacy.

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STAY SAFE STAY WELL COMMUNITY SAFETY DAY

TUESDAY 13 MARCH MOSSLEY MILL 10.30am - 4.30pm

Register by 12 March T. 028 9034 0000 antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

PEACE IV PROGRAMME

ROAD SAFE ROADSHOW

The PEACE IV Programme in Antrim and Newtownabbey continues to make significant progress, with residents beginning to see programme delivery on the ground throughout early 2018. Having accepted a Letter of Offer from the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) in September 2017, the PEACE IV Partnership has been working diligently to procure delivery agents to help roll out the PEACE IV Local Action Plan between January 2018 and December 2019.

Year 14 students from across the Borough received a hard-hitting lesson about road safety when they attended the Road Safe Roadshow at Theatre at The Mill on Wednesday 31 January.

A number of organisations have now been appointed to deliver the following programmes: Children and Young People Programme 4 - Leadership and Life Skills Programme Delivery Agent - Todd’s Leap Ltd Shared Spaces and Services Programme 1a - Community Connections Programme Delivery Agent - Blu Zebra Ltd Building Positive Relations Programme 1 - Dialogue Programme Delivery Agent - Copius Advisory Services Building Positive Relations Programme 2 - Capacity Building Programme Delivery Agent - Local Economic Development Company (LEDCOM)

The Roadshow used powerful, personal accounts of those who have been caught up in the carnage of road traffic collisions and dramatic film footage to deliver the message. The event aims to have a positive influence on the driving behaviours of 17 and 18 year olds as they are beginning to take to the roads. It also highlights the difficult and challenging job that our emergency services complete as they assist at the scene of a collision and the personal impact a serious incident can leave with people who work to help us when we need them most. Upon leaving the Roadshow, the young people experienced a re-enactment of a fatal car crash demonstrating the devastating impact dangerous or careless driving can have on themselves and others. The Road Safe Roadshow is a partnership between the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

This initiative has been funded by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme managed by the SEUPB

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

Dunsilly

Ballyclare

Antrim Threemilewater

TUV Traditional Unionist Voice UUP Ulster Unionist Party

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

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

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

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

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

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 IND T. 07909 605144 E. brian.duffin@ antrimandnewtown abbey.gov.uk

JORDAN GREER DUP T. 07738 263167 E. jordan.greer@ 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.

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

ROBERT FOSTER UUP T. 07846 084545 E. robert.foster@ antrimandnewtown abbey.gov.uk

W.J. WEBB mbe jp ALLIANCE T. 07799 866876 E billy.webb@ 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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STEPHEN McCARTHY UUP T. 07525 751293 E stephen.mccarthy@ antrimandnewtown abbey.gov.uk

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

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ALL THINGS ENCHANTED

USEFUL NUMBERS

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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

Citizens Advice (Antrim & Newtownabbey) 028 9590 6505

In December the Enchanted Winter Garden at Antrim Castle Gardens was a truly magical experience when almost 61,000 visitors from as far as Spain flocked through the Barbican Gate where a magical world was revealed. The Antrim Wheel was just one of an array of dazzling delights which entertained the thousands who braved the worst of winter weather at times to attend.

Education Authority

028 2565 3333

Electricity Faults & Emergencies (24 hours)

03457 643 643

Fallen trees (Department for Infrastructure) 0300 200 7893 Gas Emergency Response (24 hours)

0800 002 001

Hospitals Antrim Area Hospital Whiteabbey Hospital

028 9442 4000 028 9086 5181

Visitors were captivated by a host of animated experiences and attractions including a twinkling Wonderland Wood, dramatic illuminations throughout the gardens, a 35m Ferris Wheel, Santa’s Grotto, Festive Fayre stalls offering food, drink and crafts, The Olde Inn and old-fashioned carousel. Local musicians, characters and performers entertained the visitors as they explored the stunning site. Feedback about the event was hugely positive and will be used to develop the event for 2018.

Housing Executive Main Number (including grass cutting & graffiti) Repairs Line Housing Benefit

As part of this event the Council held its first pilot inclusive evening on Wednesday 20 December. The event, in partnership with The Junction, Antrim was relaxed in all respects to suit children and adults who had physical and cognitive disabilities. Sensory Kids NI facilitated sensory and quiet rooms at the event as well as providing helpful advice and support to those families who attended.

Rates (Property Rating & Valuation)

We have some exciting plans to further improve accessibility in our Borough including more inclusive events like this, which we will update you on in our next edition of Borough Life and social media channels.

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) 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 (including potholes) 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

Telephone/Utility Boxes (BT fault)

0800 023 2023

Voting (Electoral Office)

0800 432 0712

Water (NI Water)

03457 440088

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

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

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If you would like to make any suggestions or have any comments contact Ellen Boyd T. 028 9446 3113 or E. ellen.boyd@ antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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028 9446 3113

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

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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

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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 antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/recycling Craigmore (Randalstown) Crumlin Newpark (Antrim) Bruslee O’Neill Road

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COMMUNITY CENTRES Contact details for community centres are available at antrim andnewtownabbey.gov.uk

PARK WARDENS

To report an incident in a park 028 9034 0275

BIN COLLECTIONS

Check your bin collection day at antrimandnewtownabbey.gov. uk/binchecker Please remember to leave your bin out for 7am on collection day at normal collection points. 028 9034 0056 E. waste@antrim andnewtownabbey.gov.uk

GIVE US A FOLLOW! Our social media channels are a great way to find out about Council business, events and important information such as weather warnings. To keep up to date make sure you like our Facebook page: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough and follow our Twitter page: @ANBorough

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FOODBANK FRIDAYS To help those in need, we have been encouraging our residents and staff to help collect items for local foodbanks. If you would like to help, you can donate non-perishable items including tins of soup or tins of meat, packets of pasta or rice, tea or coffee, cereals, dried fruit or soup mix, jams and preserves, nappies and

toiletries to Antrim Civic Centre, Mossley Mill or any of our leisure centres by Friday 11 May.

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Borough Life March 2018  

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's Residents' magazine

Borough Life March 2018  

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's Residents' magazine