Mayor - Alderman Billy Ashe
Deputy Mayor - Councillor Terence Clements
I am immensely privileged and pleased to have been elected unopposed to the position of Mayor of the historic Borough of Carrickfergus, a position I previously held in 2001-2002.
At that time we as a Council laid plans for many of the changes we are now enjoying. Projects like the Amphitheatre, Promenade, Town Hall, Town Centre refurbishments, new office accommodation and many of the play parks were spawned during that time. These projects have moved the Borough forward and provided additional facilities for all our citizens to enjoy. I want to thank all who supported the vision and made these projects a reality.
This year, like all our citizens, Carrickfergus Borough Council has to make tough choices on the economic front. We have two major challenges. The economic downturn that has rampaged throughout the western world and the upcoming Review of Public Administration, due to be in place by 2015, which will bring down the final curtain on our great Borough. To this end now is perhaps one of the most difficult and important phases of our history as what we plan and do over the next year will be the legacy left to the people of the Borough of Carrickfergus.
Schemes we have commenced will be brought to fruition.
The Town Centre regeneration scheme will move to a new level as the Carrickfergus Regeneration Partnership aim to increase footfall after the public realm work has been completed. The improvement of the Marine Gardens will provide cost-free town centre recreation.
In Whitehead we plan improvements to the Blackhead costal path and are currently upgrading the football pitch and changing facilities at the recreation grounds.
In Greenisland we are exploring a number of schemes including the provision of allotments.
We urge residents and visitors alike to avail of the facilities.
As a community development practitioner I am determined that this year the Mayor's Office will be accessible to as many as possible and in particular to people who give of their time selflessly to improve the quality of life for citizens of the Borough. This includes those who simply look out for their neighbour as well as those in a formal community, church or social setting. It is this work that makes the Borough a special place to live, work and play.
The elected members, officers and staff of Carrickfergus Borough Council are working to deliver services and improve the quality of life for everyone. I believe we could deliver more in partnership with our customers and I urge all to play a constructive and positive role in the process.
If I can be of service to you in any matter please do not hesitate to contact my Office.
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