|Lisburn City Council|
|Area||447 km2 (173 sq mi) |
Ranked 16th of 26
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Lisburn City Council was a city council covering an area partly in County Antrim and partly in County Down in Northern Ireland. As of May 2015 it was merged with Castlereagh Borough Council as part of the reform of local government in Northern Ireland to become Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
Created in 1964, the council was the second largest in the Belfast Metropolitan Area. Council headquarters were in the city of Lisburn. It was the second-largest council area in Northern Ireland with over 120,000 people and an area of 174 square miles (450 km2) of southwest Antrim and northwest Down. It stretched from Glenavy and Dundrod in the north to Dromara and Hillsborough in the south and from Drumbo in the east to Moira and Aghalee in the west.
The council area consisted of five electoral areas: Downshire, Dunmurry Cross, Killultagh, Lisburn Town North and Lisburn Town South. It had 30 councillors, last elected in 2011. The final composition was: 14 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 5 Sinn Féin, 3 Alliance Party and 3 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).
The first elections for the new council took place in May 2014.
|Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)||14||9||8||13||15||16||13||13||7||5|
|Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)||4||6||10||8||5||3||2||5||13||14|
|Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)||1||1||2||2||3||3||2||3||3||3|
|United Ulster Unionist Party (UUUP)||2||1|
|Sinn Féin (SF)||2||2||3||4||4||4||5|
|Independent Conservative (IndCon)||1|
|Northern Ireland Conservatives (Con)||1||1|
|Ulster Democratic Party (UDP)||1||2||1|
|Independent Unionist (IU)||1||2||1|
Notes: The independent elected in 1997 was Hugh Lewsley, a former SDLP councillor. William Beattie was elected as a "Protestant Unionist" in 1997, but is tallied as an Independent Unionist above. New legislation introduced for the 2001 elections required candidates to register party names for these to appear on the ballot paper, this also made it impossible for candidates to stand as Independent Unionist. The UDP missed the deadline for registration and their candidate, party leader Gary McMichael, was elected as an independent. The other candidate elected as an independent in 2001, described himself as a Unionist on the council website.
Source: ARK accessed 13 January 2013
2011 saw the continued advancement of the DUP and Sinn Féin within the council Area. In Downshire, the DUP picked up a seat from the UUP, and in Dunmurry Cross, Sinn Féin gained from the SDLP. However the SDLP loss was compensated by changing demographics in the Lisburn Town North DEA, where the SDLP took a seat for the first time. There were no changes in the Killutagh or Lisburn Town South DEAs. The election saw the DUP return all their candidates with the exception of Ben Mallon, a local student standing in Lisburn North.
|•||Democratic Unionist Party||14||+1|
|•||Ulster Unionist Party||5||-2|
|•||Social Democratic and Labour Party||3||=|
|•||Alliance Party of Northern Ireland||3||=|
Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council was due to merge with Castlereagh Borough Council in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 540 km² and a population of 175,182. An election was due to take place in May 2009, but on 25 April 2008, Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011. The introduction of the new councils was subsequently postponed until 2015.
The area covered by Lisburn City Council had a population of 120,165 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.