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Food Destination Business Survey 2019

Tuesday 12th February 2019

The Council has struck the district rate for the Borough for 2019/20 with a recommended increase of 2.90% on the current years’ rates.

The rates for domestic and non-domestic are below:

  • The domestic rate for 2019/20 of 0.3262p in the pound - a rise of 2.90%
  • The non-domestic rate of a 22.9737p in the pound - again a rise of 2.90%

For the average household in Ards and North Down, this equates to an increase of £1.10 per month.

Commenting on the rise, Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Richard Smart said:

“Striking the rate is an important occasion in the Council year. We know our decision impacts residents directly and financially; whilst enabling us to improve the level of service and investment you can expect in return. This year has been challenging and we have worked hard to make efficiencies and help keep the rate as low as possible. We will keep efficiency front of mind and strive to seek out further opportunities to transform services as we move forward to deliver against this new rate.”

With the rate rise confirmed, Ards and North Down Borough Council looks forward to continuing to deliver high quality services across the Borough. The following initiatives are of particular note in 2019/20:

  • Investing in new facilities that will support the wellbeing of residents to include:
    £1.4M for a 3G pitch in Portavogie, new play parks and refurbishments to other play areas to the value of £500K, £250K in new fitness equipment for Comber Leisure Centre, £250K in community trails along the Ards Peninsula and £200K towards feasibility works on the proposed greenways from Newtownards to Helen’s Bay and from Kinnegar to Donaghadee.
  • Investing more than £1.5M in replacement vehicles and equipment—including electric vehicles.
  • £900K of funding will be allocated to Village Renewal Projects across the Borough which will cover new signage, environmental improvements and heritage projects.
  • A programme of events to include a new weekend of activities in Bangor at Easter, the expansion of the Comber Earlies Food Festival, and growth of our cultural events programme.
  • Reaching a recycling rate of 65% within the Borough by 2020.
  • Administering £3.3M of PEACE IV funding
  • Work on the delivery of the Belfast Region City Deal.
  • Economic Development initiatives with a focus on our key sectors: Creative and Digital and food.

**Please note rates bills are made up of both the district rate (set by Council) and the regional rate (set by central government), so the overall increase may be higher than this.

 

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