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District Electoral Area
Pottinger Wards.png
Map showing Pottinger wards within Belfast
Area 6.17 km2 (2.38 sq mi)
Population 31,272 (2008 Estimate)
• Density 5,068/km2 (13,130/sq mi)
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
  • Belfast South
NI Assembly
  • Belfast South
List of places
Northern Ireland

Pottinger was one of the nine district electoral areas (DEA) in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 1985 to 2014. Located in the east of the city, the district elected six members to Belfast City Council and contained the wards of Ballymacarrett, Bloomfield, Orangefield, Ravenhill, The Mount, and Woodstock.

The wards of Ravenhill and Woodstock were part of the Belfast South constituencies for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament, while the other four were part of the Belfast East Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies.

The district was bounded to the west by the River Lagan and the Ormeau Road, to the north by the Newtownards Road, to the east by Greenville Park and North Road and the Borough of Castlereagh to the south.

At the 2001 census the district had a Protestant majority, however there was also a large Catholic minority, particularly in areas such as the Short Strand, which is separated from the mainly unionist Cluan Place by one of the many peace lines in the district.


The DEA was created for the 1985 local elections, when it largely replaced the former electoral Area A. Five of the six wards came from Area A with the Bloomfield ward added from Area B. It was abolished for the 2014 local elections, when all of its wards except Orangefield formed part of a new Titanic district electoral area. The Orangefield ward became part of a new Lisnasharragh district electoral area.


Ravenhill new stand
New stand at the Kingspan Stadium, home of the Ulster Rugby team.

Amenities in the Pottinger district electoral area include:

  • Ormeau Golf Club
  • Ormeau Park
  • Kingspan Stadium, home of the Ulster Rugby team


Map Ward Population
(2011 Census)
Catholic Protestant Other No Religion Area Density NI Assembly UK Parliament Ref
1 Ballymacarrett 4,908 51.4% 41.2% 1.4% 6.2% 0.78 km2 6,292 /km2 Belfast East Belfast East
2 Bloomfield 5,453 16.1% 69.7% 1.7% 12.5% 0.74 km2 7,369 /km2 Belfast East Belfast East
3 Orangefield 5,619 11% 77% 1.4% 10.6% 1.46 km2 3,849 /km2 Belfast East Belfast East
4 Ravenhill 6,041 39.7% 46.9% 2% 11.5% 1.88 km2 3,213 /km2 Belfast South Belfast South
5 The Mount 5,591 16.1% 68.3% 1.3% 14.3% 0.75 km2 7,455 /km2 Belfast East Belfast East
6 Woodstock 5,445 19.4% 63.3% 2.8% 14.5% 0.56 km2 9,723 /km2 Belfast South Belfast South
Pottinger 33,057 25.3% 61.2% 1.8% 11.7% 6.17 km2 5,358 /km2

2011 Elections

Ormeau Embankment, Belfast - - 980277
Ormeau Embankment along the River Lagan.
See also: Results of elections in 2011; 2005; 2001; 1997; 1993; 1989 and 1985.
Belfast City Council elections, 2011
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Máire Hendron 1,895
Democratic Unionist Gavin Robinson 1,523
Sinn Féin Niall Ó Donnghaile 1,077
Democratic Unionist May Campbell 1,051
Progressive Unionist John Kyle 1,022
Democratic Unionist Adam Newton 936
Ulster Unionist Philip Robinson 786
Social Democratic and Labour Séamas de Faoite 456
[[Green Party in Northern Ireland|Template:Green Party in Northern Ireland/meta/shortname]] David Newman 223
Traditional Unionist Voice John Hiddleston 191
style="width: 10px" bgcolor=Template:Socialist Party (Ireland)/meta/color| [[Socialist Party (Ireland)|Template:Socialist Party (Ireland)/meta/shortname]] Thomas Black 150
[[Workers' Party of Ireland|Template:Workers' Party of Ireland/meta/shortname]] Kevin McNally 104
[[People Before Profit Alliance|Template:People Before Profit Alliance/meta/shortname]] Donna McCusker 70
Independent Karl Hedley 33
Procapitalism Samuel Smyth 9
Turnout 9,526
Sinn Féin gain from Ulster Unionist

Coordinates: 54°35′38″N 5°53′53″W / 54.594°N 5.898°W / 54.594; -5.898

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