Council bids farewell to Ballyward area

Ballyward �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1511-223EB
Ballyward �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1511-223EB

Ballyward, which has been a part of the Banbridge District for 42 years, will be on the move to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council on April 1.

This boundary change is being introduced as a result of local government reform - the process that will reduce the number of councils in Northern Ireland from 26 to 11.

Banbridge District Council Chairman Councillor Marie Hamilton said: “Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is very fortunate to be gaining such a magnificient part of the Banbridge District.

“We, at Banbridge District Council, have long been proud of our association with Ballyward, which covers an area of 33.5 sq. miles and boasts a host of scenic walkways and natural heritage assets such as Legananny Dolmen and Finnis Souterrain. We have done our utmost to develop the area’s tourism potential, particularly its close proximity to Slieve Croob.”

“On behalf of the councillors and staff at Banbridge District Council, we wish the people of Ballyward well in the future. It has been our pleasure serving you for more than four decades years. We are confident that Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will continue to deliver the high standards of service that you are accustomed to.”

Along with the 923 households and 2,817 residents transferring to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, a number of lands will also transfer including ten rights of way, five car parks, three grass areas and a children’s play area in Leitrim.

The two townlands of Drumlee and Annahinshigo will remain a part of the new Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.

From 1 April 2015, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will be responsible for delivering all services except for household waste collections to the people of Ballyward.

To allow the new councils additional time to put in place the necessary arrangements for the collection of household waste, it has been agreed that this service will continue to be delivered by the new Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council from April 1. It is anticipated that this arrangement will remain in place for a year.

To request or enquire about all council services except for household waste collections from April 1, Ballyward residents are advised to contact Newry, Mourne and Down District Council on 0300 013 2233.

Alternatively, call the Newry office on 3031 3031 or the Downpatrick office on 4461 0800. To enquire about household waste collections Ballyward residents are advised to call 4066 0604.