Ballymoney Borough Geography Area
Ranked 17th of 26
Admin HQ Ballymoney ISO 3166-2 GB-BLY ONS code 95D Demographics Population
- Total (2010)
73 / km²
Community Catholic: 31.9%
Politics Control No overall control
Sinn Féin: 3
MLAs North Antrim
Sinn Féin: 1
MPs Ian Paisley, Jr. (DUP) Meeting place Website http://www.ballymoney.gov.uk
Ballymoney is a local government district with borough status in Northern Ireland. It is headquartered in Ballymoney. Other towns in the borough include Dervock, Dunloy, Cloughmills and Rasharkin. The borough has a population of nearly 27,000.
Ballymoney is one of twenty-six districts created on 1 October 1973. It took over the areas Ballymoney Urban District Council and most of the surrounding Ballymoney Rural District in County Antrim.
The borough is divided into three electoral areas which between them return 16 members. These are Ballymoney Town (5), Bann Valley (6) and Bushvale (5). Elections are conducted under the proportional representation single transferable vote system, and elections of the whole council are normally held every four years. The last local government election was held on 5 May 2005: the election due to take place in May 2009 was postponed in anticipation of the creation of eleven new councils in 2011. The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the next district council elections will take place in 2011
As of February 2011 the political composition of the council was: 7 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 3 Sinn Féin, 3 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 2 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and 1 Traditional Unionist Voice.
Mayor of Ballymoney
The charter also created the office of mayor, who is chosen for a one year term at the council's annual meeting.
Source: Freedom of Information request to Ballymoney Borough Council
In 2000, Ballymoney Borough Council twinned with the French town of Vanves. Since 2001, the council has been a sister city of Benbrook in Texas and building on its motorcycling history, is also linked to the borough of Douglas, Isle of Man.
Parliamentary and assembly representation
Ballymoney is Northern Ireland's fastest-growing town in terms of population. It is thought that this is because it is one of the most central places in Northern Ireland, being one hour from Belfast and one hour from Derry. Another reason is as a result of high house prices in the Coleraine/Portstewart/Portrush 'Triangle' areas shifting first-time buyers to the less expensive Ballymoney area.
The borough has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland, with the average male life expectancy at birth being 78.0 years and 82.6 years for females.
- Local Councils in Northern Ireland
- ^ Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971
- ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
- ^ "The executive fails to agree a deal on council reform". BBC News. 15 June 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/10314865.stm. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- ^ a b "Ballymoney Council members". Ballymoney Borough Council. http://www.ballymoney.gov.uk/Council_Members.aspx. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- ^ Letters Patent bearing date the 18th day of February, 1977, have passed the Great Seal of Northern Ireland, granting a Charter of Incorporation to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Ballymoney." Belfast Gazette: . 4 March 1977.
- ^ a b "Minutes of Annual General Meeting 19 June 2008". Ballymoney Borough Council. http://www.ballymoney.gov.uk/CM_883%20-%2019th%20June%202008.pdf.
- ^ "Minutes of Annual General Meeting 18 June 2009". Ballymoney Borough Council. http://www.ballymoney.gov.uk/CM_904_18th_June_2009%20_AGM_.pdf.
- ^ Life Expectency
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