Category Archives: Politics

The southern perspective

Councillors need to take the whole community’s planning needs into account, according to Fingal County Council’s Kieran Dennison. Planning has always been an important responsibility for local authorities in the Republic and,...

Planning reform: the business end

Michael Gordon, who heads up the Belfast office of Turley, the only independent national planning practice in Northern Ireland, considers the challenges of the transition to the new planning regime. So, the...

Fresh opportunities for local government

NILGA Chief Executive Derek McCallan talks to agendaNi about the potential of the reform process. Northern Ireland’s councils are looking forward to the opportunities presented by the greatest change in local democracy...

The new councils

Key numbers on the population and local government finances for the 11 new councils. Antrim & Newtownabbey Population: 139,157 Councillors: 40 Residents per councillor: 3,479 Population percentages Urban: 82 Children: 24 Rural:...

Transfer of powers

A summary of the powers available to the new councils from next April. Existing responsibilities • Arts and entertainment • Building control • Burial grounds • Community relations • Dog control •...

Planning for positive change

NILGA President Arnold Hatch discusses the difference that community planning will make with Peter Cheney and points to the European opportunities for local government. As the final stages of the local government...

Council chief executives

The 11 chief executives-designate have now been appointed and will take on their full responsibilities from 1 April 2015. Jacqui Dixon Antrim & Newtownabbey Jacqui Dixon is Chief Executive of Newtownabbey Borough...