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About North Down Borough Council

North Down Borough Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland.

A Belfast Metropolitan Borough, it's main town is Bangor, and this is where the Council is headquartered at the picoresque Town Hall. Its secondary centre is the former Urban District of Holywood. Many more people live in suburban villages, along the southern shore of Belfast Lough.

The Borough is heavily suburbanised, railway links with Belfast are good and the area has been the domain of well-heeled Belfast commuters since the mid-19th Century. The Borough is often held to be the wealthiest area in Northern Ireland, often refered to the 'the gold coast', although there are pockets of deprivation in a string of overspill public housing estates along the Bangor Ring Road.

The borough consists of 4 electoral areas: Abbey, Ballyholme and Groomsport, Bangor West and Holywood. In the
2005 election 25 members were elected from the following political parties: 8 Ulster Unionist Party, 8 Democratic Unionists, 6 Alliance, 1 Green, and 2 Independents.

The Borough of North Down was formed in 1973 in the local government reorganisation from the old Bangor Urban District, Holywood Urban District, North Down Rural District and part of Castlereagh Rural District.

In elections for the
Westminster Parliament it is part of the slightly larger North Down constituency. The current serving MP for the area is Lady Hermon MP of the Ulster Unionist Party.

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