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Banbridge District Council is a district council in counties Down and Armagh in Northern Irelandmarker. The headquarters of the council are in the town of Banbridgemarker. The Council area is to the north-west of County Down and covers an area of of countryside - from Slieve Croobmarker (1,775 ft) in the east to the River Bann valley in the west. It is also the main gateway to the Mourne Mountainsmarker, which lie to the south and is bisected by the A1 route between Belfastmarker and Dublinmarker. The other main small towns in the area include Rathfrilandmarker,Gilfordmarker, Scarvamarker, Loughbricklandmarker and Dromoremarker. The population of the area is just over 42,000.

The district consists of three electoral areas: Banbridge, Knockiveagh and Dromore. Notably, it was the only council controlled by one party (the UUP) from its creation in 1973 until the year 2000 when the DUP gained a seat in a by-election in Dromore.

In the last elections in 2005 17 members were elected. The current composition of the council is: 5 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 3 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 1 Alliance Party, 1 Traditional Unionist Voice 1 Sinn Féin In 2005-2006, the Council chairman is Councillor Norah Beare (DUP) and the vice-chairman is Councillor Ian Burns (UUP).

In elections for the Westminster Parliamentmarker it is split between the Upper Bann, the Lagan Valley and the South Down constituencies.

Dromore By election, 2008

In late 2007 UUP Councillor Tyrone Howe resigned due to work commitments. The resulting by election was the first electoral test for Traditional Unionist Voice. Against expectations, the UUP held the seat.















Electorate=9688, valid=3776, spoiled=17, quota=1889
Dromore By-Election – 14 February 2008
Party Candidate Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Paul Stewart 1069 1074 1127 1178 1508
Carol Black 912 937 1119 1194 1571
Keith Harbinson 739 742 801 828 -828
David Griffin 357 479 -479
Paul Gribben 350 507 567 -567
John Drake 290 -290
Helen Corry 59 -59


Review of Public Administration

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council is due to merge with Armagh City and District Council and Craigavon Borough Council in 2011, to form the Armagh City and Bann District Council, to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 1502 km² and a population of 176,326. The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 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.

References

  1. overview of Banbridge district.
  2. Banbridge election results.
  3. Dromore 2000 by-election result
  4. Rugby star gives up his council seat - Belfast Today
  5. Tuv'S Harbinson Pledges To Do His Best For Locals - Dromore Today
  6. No love lost in Valentine poll - Belfast Today
  7. UUP take Dromore council seat - Belfast Today
  8. Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008


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