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Ards Council Encourages Responsible Dog Ownership

Ards Borough Council will be running a Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award Scheme from Wednesday 17 January 2015 as part of its ongoing campaign to promote responsible dog ownership. The aim of the course is to produce a dog that will walk and behave in a controlled manner on…

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Ard’s Mayor’s Christmas Message For 2014

The Mayor of Ards, Councillor Philip Smyth, has issued his Christmas message as we are now only ten days away from Christmas day. Every year it seems that the Christmas decorations and shop displays start earlier and earlier but Christmas still creeps up on us with last minute preparations taking…

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Council Support Business Development Courses At Ards Business Centre

Ards Borough Council has funded Ards Business Centre to deliver a programme of development courses aimed to assist Ards business owners and entrepreneurs. This includes a Business Support incorporating Master Classes and 1-2-1 mentoring which will provide support to individual starting up or currently trading in a SME in the…

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New Chairperson For Ards Arts Committee

Alderman Deborah Girvan has been appointed as the newchairperson of Ards Borough Council’s Arts Committee and is embracing the new role with enthusiasm. Ards Arts has a great deal to offer with an exciting programme of events, activities, creative classes, exhibitions and a vibrant programme of community arts. The upcoming…

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Council Offers £20,000 Sports Funding

Ards Borough Council is offering total funding of £20,000 to local sports clubs towards facilities and equipment. Part of a wider funding scheme, the first round of tranche provided local sports clubs with £10,000 of funding earlier this year, with this second chance offering those who didn’t apply them a…

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£70,000 Funding Available For Community Safety Projects In Ards

Ards Policing and Safety Community Partnership (PCSP) is offering funding of nearly £70,000 to local groups and individuals towards community safety projects. The PCSP is inviting groups and individuals to apply for financial assistance for projects that would help to make Ards safer by reducing the levels of anti-social behaviour,…

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Ards To Have First Green Dog Walkers In Northern Ireland

Ards is to become the first area in Northern Ireland to have ‘green dog walkers’ in a new community-based campaign to tackle dog fouling. Being introduced by Ards Borough Council, the ‘green dog walkers’ scheme is coming to the seaside town of Donaghadee where dog walking volunteers, identifiable by their…

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Friends Of Exploris Make Presentation On Portaferry Aquarium

The Friends of Exploris Trust made a presentation to the Down District Council Economic and Cultural Deveopment Committee yesterday  (Monday 30 June). The future of the Exploris aquarium has been enshrouded in a veil of uncertainty since Ards Borough Council expressed its concerns about the facility and sought a review…

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‘Transition’ Exhibition In Portaferry

An exhibition of original art work by Regent House pupils showcases in Portaferry from 7-29 June. The ‘Transition’ exhibition, demonstrates the development in the pupils’ artistic learning process and will display both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork, including paintings, drawings, textiles and sculptures. The exhibition is part of Ards Borough Council’s…

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Consultation On Potential Closure Of Portaferry Aquarium To Begin

A lack of response from the Northern Ireland Executive to its business case and request for funding to secure and improve the Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry has meant that Ards Borough Council has at a council meeting on Wednesday 28 May agreed to commence a formal consultation process and equality…

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Comber Potato Festival Returns For Second Year

The Comber Potato Festival returns for its second year, celebrating the town’s finest food on Saturday 7 June. The one-day festival, organised by Ards Borough Council in partnership with Food NI and Comber Early Growers, takes place in the town’s central square and has been organised to showcase the world…

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Ards Nominates New Mayor

Ards Borough Council has nominated Councillor Philip Smith as its ‘Mayor Elect’. Councillor Smith, currently the Deputy Mayor of Ards, will be formally elected at the Council’s Annual General Meeting in early June and will be the last person to hold the office before Ards merges with neighbouring North Down…

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Free Compost Reward For Recycling In Ards

Next week recyclers in Ards will be rewarded with a free bag of compost, courtesy of Ards Borough Council! Anyone who brings material for recycling to one of the Council’s seven recycling centres will receive a bag of compost (while stocks last) as part of Compost Awareness Week which this…

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Ards Borough Council Agrees DoE Conditions For Exploris

Ards Borough Council has tonight (26 March) agreed to meet a series of additional conditions from the Department of the Environment to ensure a funding package for Exploris can be considered by the NI Executive. A Council spoekesperson said: “Extending the stay on closure for a further two months, the…

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Ards DUP Group Leader Says Strormont Funding Is Needed For Exploris Survival

ARDS Borough Council has agreed to extend the stay of execution of a decision to close Exploris for one more month to allow the Northern Ireland Executive time to consider a business case and plan commissioned by the Council. The implementation of a new operating model will depend on what,…

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