Councillor Alex Easton has sadly announced his intention to step down at the next Council Election as the representative for the Ballyholme and Groomsport Area.

Speaking today Alex Easton said:

“It is with a touch of sadness that I am announcing that I will not be running for the next Council election, I intend to see out my current term and leave in 2015. This has been a very difficult decision for me, as Council has been a fantastic opportunity for me to deliver many things for the people of Ballyholme but also for the residents of North Down.”

“I hope that the people of North Down will remember the how year after year I have tried my very best to deliver for them on many issues. I have been able to deliver for them on issues such as playgrounds for Conlig, Rathgill and now Bloomfield. A Home coming parade for the Mercian Regiment in Holywood, and to come in June this year the Freedom of the Borough for the Territorial Army, a Charter for community groups, money to celebrate the Protestant Culture on the 11th Bonfire night, the designation of Groomsport as an area of Village Scape Character to protect from over development, pedestrian crossings for the Bloomfield Rd and Balloo Road, the formation of a Council Anti-Social behaviour Team, No Litter signs for the Borough and a Civic Reception and Banners for the Orange Order, an economic conference for businesses in Bangor for the first time and with 83 Notices of Motion over the years there are too many to mention.”

“I hope that whoever follows me in 2015 will continue the work that I have started, and I would wish that whoever replaces me all the best, in what can be a very rewarding and demanding role. As a Councillor I am certainly not perfect and I make mistakes but I intend to continue to represent the people of North Down as their MLA as long as the people want me to, finally I would like to say thank all the people in the Ballyholme and Groomsport area that have voted for me over the last three Council election and who have put their trust in me and put me where I am today.”