Dog Mess The Ugly Truth

Sadly, walkers along the promenade at Ballyholme this morning were greeted with this ugly mess right in the middle of the path. What on earth is the mentality of the irresponsible dog owner to allow this to happen is such a prominent and well used location.

Sadly also the Council super or not seems no different to the old one in resolution to tackling this menace. Yes, the statistics for prosecutions are up a little but simply not enough to act as a deterrent.

Councillors, it appears, have told MLA’s to get back to work, whatever that is!! Perhaps instead some self assessment on this issue would be helpful.

Free Emergency First Aid at Work Course

Free Emergency First Aid at Work Course 


Date: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Venue:  Ards Leisure Centre, Function Room
Cost: Free

This Emergency First Aid at Work Course enables you to deal with an unconscious casualty, providing you with the necessary knowledge and practical life-saving skills on the effective use of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation until the emergency services arrive.

This workshop is intended to make employers and employees aware of how to deal with an emergency health situation in the workplace, providing you with the knowledge and ability to be able to cope if such a situation arises.
Through this practical 6-hour session, the experienced trainers will address and demonstrate:

– Action in an emergency
– First Aid responsibilities
– Recovery positions

This course is HSENI accredited and includes certification upon completion and all course materials.

Places are strictly limited, therefore early booking is highly recommended.  However there will be further course running throughout the year.

Please click on the Register Now button below.

*Available only to those in the Ards and North Down Borough Council area.


Night At The Museum – Should you be afraid?

Every nook and cranny of North Down Museum will be filled with Arts activity to experience, participate in or observe. Stumble upon Arts in every space from the Viking Room to the Cinema. Participate in clay work, printmaking, drawing activities and painting or just sit back and enjoy some good music. This is an event for all the family!
We will be open throughout the event for yummy light refreshments.

Signal Centre Sizzling Summer Offer

Signal Centre Sizzling Summer Offer
25% Off Room Hire*

The Signal Centre, Bangor is the perfect venue for all styles of business meetings accommodating up to 120 people.

If you need a meeting room, look no further than the Signal Centre for 25% off room hire – a great deal this Summer!

For more information or to check availability contact Nicola Webster-Pickett here or visit our website here.

*Offer ends 15 September 2017.  Main meeting only if booking more than one room on one date.  Terms and conditions apply.

Sounds Fishy

Sometimes a notice appears, you are not too sure when but you ignore it. Then one day it catches your eye.

Belfast Corporation act 1930 prohibiting the gathering of shellfish from the shores of Belfast Lough due to the risk of contamination by sewage pollution.

Also the warning of the risk due to incoming tides, perhaps an unusual occurrence which we need to be made aware off.

However, it is the risk of sewage pollution that is the most startling. Given the millions spent on sewage treatment works, not to mention the other millions spent on storm water management I would have thought that problem was well and truly sorted.

Anyone for a swim?

Queuing for health

Is it right that on a cold but sunny morning the sick should queue for healthcare on this day in 2017. People of all ages, some with walking aids, the young and old seeking an appointment with a doctor.

This is Bangor, not some third world country, surely there must be a better way. Thank goodness it’s not winter. What happens then?

They shoot horses don’t they!

Never Ending Story

Yet again the pavement lights on Bangor’s Main Street are receiving attention. There must come a time when the maintenance costs of the lights exceeds the original cost of installation. Money is not so much being thrown down the drain but down the footpath, is it time to end this never ending cycle of expenditure and admit this lighting project has been abject failure?

Either do the job right or admit defeat.

Local Council Buying Procedures


“Local Council Buying Procedures”

Date: Friday 23 June 2017
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Location: Signal Centre, Balloo Road, Bangor, BT19 7PD
Cost: FREE

Come along to the Connect@SIGNAL networking session and join us for complimentary scones, coffee and a chat with your fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This month’s Connect@SIGNAL will help you discover the crucial approaches to tendering and winning local public sector contracts. 
Debbie Bolton, Procurement Manager for Ards and North Down Borough Council will provide a practical and informative module covering the following areas:

  •  How to Identify Local Opportunities
  • Local Authority Procurement Procedures
  • Key Skills needed by SMEs to win tenders

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about your local authority procurement procedures and gain an insight  into the skills and knowledge required to succeed in improving sales through the tendering process. 
Places are strictly limited for this session therefore early booking is recommended, please register by clicking the Register Now button below.

Register Here

The Watering Dead

Some of you may be aware of a programme called the walking dead, I have tried it but it’s not for me. 

Perhaps on a similar vein we could have a programme called The Watering Dead in honour of the planters in Bangor Town Centre. It seems that the concept that plants might need a regime of watering has escaped the local council parks department.

Not only is the result an eyesore it is another extravagant waste of money. Next thing we know they will be used as ashtrays.