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Coordinates: 54°27′40″N 6°23′53″W / 54.461°N 6.398°W / 54.461; -6.398

Craigavon Borough
Craigavon Borough Council Coat of Arms.jpg Logo Craigavon Borough Council.gif
Craigavon in Northern Ireland.svg
Area 378 km2 (146 sq mi) 
Ranked 19th of 26
District HQ Craigavon
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
Website www.craigavon.gov.uk
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UK
Northern Ireland

Craigavon Borough Council was a local council in counties Armagh, Down and Antrim, in Northern Ireland. It merged with Armagh City and District Council and Banbridge District Council in May 2015 under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland to become Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.

The headquarters of the council was in Craigavon, on the shores of Lough Neagh, a new town built between Lurgan and Portadown. The council area included the large towns of Lurgan and Portadown, as well as smaller ones including Waringstown and Donaghcloney. The average council budget of £15.5 million provided a wide range of services to the 93,023 people living in the area.

The council area consisted of four electoral areas – Central, Loughside, Lurgan and Portadown – in which 26 councillors were elected every four years. The council held an annual meeting in June, at which a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected. Parties elected in 2011, the last elections for the council, were Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) nine seats, Sinn Féin eight, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) six, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) four, and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland one.

The last election was due to take place in May 2009, but on 25 April 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011. The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the Northern Ireland local elections, 2011 took place to fill the last body on the council befoe being dissolvedThe proposed reform took effect on 1 April 2015.

Together with part of the district of Banbridge, it was part of the Upper Bann constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

Summary of seats won 1973–2011

1973 1977 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2011
Ulster Unionist (UUP) 11 10 9 11 12 10 11 8 6 6
Alliance (APNI) 4 3 1 2 2 1 1
Vanguard (VUPP) 4
Democratic Unionist (DUP) 3 4 7 6 4 4 3 6 9 9
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) 2 6 5 5 6 6 7 7 4 2
Independent Nationalist (IN) 1 2
United Ulster Unionist (UUUP) 1 1
Workers' Party (WP) 1 2 2 1 1
Sinn Féin (SF) 2 1 2 2 4 6 8
Independent Unionist (IU) 1 1 1

Note: The Workers' Party were known as The Republican Clubs in 1977 and Workers Party Republican Clubs in 1981.

Source: [1]

Final council makeup

Below is a list of members who made up the final sitting of the council before it was dissolved.

Name Party
Jonathan Buckley Democratic Unionist
Phil Moutray Democratic Unionist
Robert Smith Democratic Unionist
Mark Baxter Democratic Unionist
Margaret Tinsley Democratic Unionist
Alan Carson Democratic Unionist
Darryn Causby Democratic Unionist
Gladys McCullough Democratic Unionist
Carla Lockhart Democratic Unionist
Catherine Seeley Sinn Féin
Mark O'Dowd Sinn Féin
Liam Mackle Sinn Féin
Mairead O'Dowd Sinn Féin
Paul Duffy Sinn Féin
Gemma McKenna Sinn Féin
Thomas O'Connor Sinn Féin
Noel McGeown Sinn Féin
Kyle Savage Ulster Unionist
Arnold Hatch Ulster Unionist
Ronald Harkness Ulster Unionist
Colin McCusker Ulster Unionist
Meta Crozier Ulster Unionist
Kenneth Twyble Ulster Unionist
Declan McAlinden Social Democratic and Labour
Joseph Nelson Social Democratic and Labour
Conrad Dixon Alliance

Population

The area covered by Craigavon Borough Council has a population of 93,023 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.


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