Craigavon Borough Council facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCraigavon Borough
|Area||378 km2 (146 sq mi)
Ranked 19th of 26
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||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.
Summary of seats won 1973–2011
|Ulster Unionist (UUP)||11||10||9||11||12||10||11||8||6||6|
|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.
Final council makeup
Below is a list of members who made up the final sitting of the council before it was dissolved.
|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|
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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