Thursday, 27th February 2014

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Friday, 31 January 2014 16:29

Acid attack at car dealers

Police are investigating an attack in which acid was poured on 26 vehicles at a car dealership in County Down.

They said they believe three men were involved in the incident which took place at the Belfast Road premises after midnight on Monday.

A PSNI spokesperson said "substantial" damage had been caused, estimated at more than £50,000.

Officers have appealed for anyone with information about the attack to contact them.

Published in General News

MOVING Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorations have been held by residents across the borough, earlier this week.

Published in General News
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:14

Maypole to move?

A SHOCK call has been made to move Holywood's historic maypole from the prime town centre location it has occupied - for almost 400 years!

Published in General News
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:01

Lifeboat kept busy

RNLI lifeboats in Northern Ireland launched 255 times in 2013 and saved a total of 245 people.

Published in General News
Friday, 31 January 2014 12:41

Supercouncil chief executive chosen

THIS is the face of the new Chief Executive of North Down's new supercouncil in waiting - and he's an old boy of the borough's present council.

Published in General News
Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:25

D day for supercouncil chief executive

NORTH Down's new super-council-in-waiting could be on the verge of getting its first chief executive.

Final interviews for the new local authority's most powerful post are believed to be underway today (Thursday).

It is not yet known exactly when the recruitment process will finish and the most anticipated local council vacancy in years will be filled.

But at the time of going to press it is rumoured that an announcement could come as early as tomorrow (Friday).

It is understood that seven candidates were shortlisted for interview, including some who are currently Chief Executive Officers of existing local authorities in Northern Ireland.

At the conclusion of the process the interviewing panel is expected to make a recommendation to what is called the North Down and Ards Statutory Transition Committee. An offer will then be made to the preferred candidate.

One council insider said of the conclusion to the process, "It would be fair to say that staff are eagerly awaiting information on this key appointment."

The wider recruitment process is currently trying to fill the top posts at nine of Northern Ireland's eleven new district councils. Two others are not yet involved.

The process is being handled by the Local Government Staff Commission and a team of independent consultants have been brought in to operate the actual recruitment process itself.

Last week the Spectator revealed how the two most powerful council officials in north Down failed in their bids to take over at the helm of the area's new super-council which is to launch next year.

Staff at both councils were said to be 'stunned' that Chief Executives, Trevor Polley in North Down and Ashley Boreland in Ards, did not make the final shortlist for interview.

Both Mr Polley and Mr Boreland had applied for the job of Chief Executive of the new North Down and Ards District Council which is expected to be fully operational by April 2015.

But both men were eliminated after a recent assessment day at different assessment centres during which applicants were put through a series of tests and exercises.

Both local chief executives will remain in their posts until March 31 2015 with the newly merged supercouncil and its new chief executive taking over the next day.

However, there is some confusion about what will happen for almost a full year before that when the new District Council begins to operate in shadow form after local government elections in May.
From then there will effectively be three council chief executives locally - one each for North Down, Ards and the new North Down and Ards District Council.

Published in Local Government
Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:19

Change of venue for replay

Bangor v Ballywalter Rec, Intermediate Cup, Round 4, Bangor Fuels Arena, Saturday, 3pm

Published in Sport
Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:26

Police tackle doorstep crime

BANGOR police are tackling 'doorstep crime' by distributing free information packs across the local community.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:53

Snow White comes to Groomsport

ON the 40th anniversary of the Turnstones Drama Group and after a year’s break and many requests, the Turnstones Drama Group in Groomsport is proud to present this year’s production of the pantomime Snow White.

Published in General News
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:51

Poots launches Kilcooley health action plan

GIVING local children like toddler Alisha Wilson the best start in life is all part of the Kilcooley health development action plan, launched last week.

Published in Health
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