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  • £1.6 million investment announced at Ecos Centre

    Posted on Friday 12th February 2016

    A partnership between Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and the Northern Ireland Science Park is set to breathe new life into the economy.

    An investment estimated at £1.6 million announced today by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council at the Ecos Centre and Nature Park, Ballymena, will expand the established Northern Ireland Science Park.

    Pictured are The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Billy Ashe, (centre) NI Science Park’s Director of Corporate Services, Mervyn Watley, and Joanne McDowell, Director, The Big Lottery Fund, studying the comprehensive development plans for the project as work gets underway

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  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council seeks public’s views on Ecos

    Posted on Friday 12th February 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Parks and Open Spaces team has commenced a survey into how to better develop one of its many green areas, Ecos Nature Park.

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  • ​​Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Strikes a Rate of less than 1%

    Posted on Friday 12th February 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has struck the district rate at below the rate of inflation and below the predicted 1% rise. This took place last night, Thursday 11 February 2016.

    The district rate increase was 0.98%, representing a domestic rate of 0.3999 pence in the pound and a non-domestic rate of 27.9666 pence for 2016/17.

    When the regional rate is included, this represents an increase of 22 pence per week for the average household in Mid and East Antrim and an average increase of £2.84 per week for businesses.

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  • Forecourt fundraisers praised as defibrillator installed

    Posted on Thursday 11th February 2016

    A 24-hour service station in Ballymena is now serving more than just fuel and groceries with the official launch of a user-friendly defibrillator.

    The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe has congratulated management and staff on their valiant fund-raising efforts that allowed the purchase of a lifesaving cardiac defibrillator for use at The Braid River Service Station, Ballymena.

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  • Calling local entrepreneurs for Easter ‘test trade’ opportunity

    Posted on Wednesday 10th February 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has announced a second ‘test trade’ opportunity, this time for Easter 2016.

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  • Carrickfergus entrepreneur is to compete in biggest town regeneration challenge

    Posted on Wednesday 10th February 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, has warmly welcomed the news that a Carrickfergus-based entrepreneur is just weeks away from competing in the UK and Ireland’s biggest town regeneration challenge, TestTown.

    The competition will see a local wedding and events business concept run by Lisa Davis, (pictured here with the Mayor) in with a chance of winning up to £10,000 in funding to help grow her business concept.

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  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s new Task Force gets off to a strong start

    Posted on Monday 8th February 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Manufacturing Task Force met for the first time today. Key players joined forces to develop an action plan aimed at tackling manufacturing job losses and growing the local economy.

    Today’s meeting was hosted by the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe and Chief Executive, Anne Donaghy and attended by Alderman Maureen Morrow; Councillor William McCaughey; Councillor John Stewart; Councillor Audrey Wales and Councillor Stephen Nicholl, all pictured here with the other members of the Task Force.

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  • Borough ‘Youth Council’ debates its own Agenda

    Posted on Friday 5th February 2016

    The Council’s Chamber in Ballymena played host this week to a rather special debate – where young people became councillors for the afternoon - discussing a number of items for decision from a specially developed ‘Mock Council Meeting Agenda’.

    Almost 80 Year 11 pupils and their teachers participated in a full programme of activities which also included workshops such as the Role of Council, the Role of Councillors, how Council Strikes the Rate and Prioritising Services.

    Pupils then had the opportunity to take their seats in the Council’s Chamber at The Braid, Ballymena to experience the democratic process for themselves, first-hand.

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  • Supporters flock to Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Garden Birdwatch

    Posted on Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    ​Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has played its part in the 2016 Big Garden Birdwatch. This RSPB initiative is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey and celebrated its 37th year on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January.

    The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Billy Ashe, said that The Big Garden Birdwatch was a great activity as it offered the chance for everyone to help nature.

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  • In hiking boots or just good walking shoes, there’s plenty to enjoy in Mid and East Antrim Borough

    Posted on Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    The great outdoors is calling and Mid and East Antrim Borough has plenty to offer those keen to tread the scenic paths – and that doesn’t always mean being in the wilds.

    Councillor Billy Ashe, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, said there’s a great deal for walkers to enjoy in Mid and East Antrim Borough, either in a rural setting or even within our towns and villages.

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