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Council Supporting Safer Business

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is encouraging businesses to register their interest in a new CCTV Grant Programme as part of a programme to support economic recovery while maintaining safety across the Boroughs public spaces.

Businesses in the Borough can receive a grant for new CCTV cameras to be installed on the exterior of their premises.  A condition of the support is that the Police Service of NI (PSNI) will have access to the recorded footage, if and when required. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented, “We work closely with our local businesses and are always exploring innovative ways in which we can support their operations while contributing to improvements across our wider society. A key priority of the Council’s Community Plan is making our public spaces feel safer. The PSNI is a statutory partner of our community planning process and initiatives such as this help use our joint resources efficiently while meeting the needs of all interested partners.  Businesses have had a tough time over the past 18 months and we want to make sure that their livelihood is protected.”

PSNI Superintendent Kirkpatrick said “Crime within our community can have a detrimental effect on local businesses and local communities. We know that better CCTV can help contribute to a healthy and safe high street.  We want to continue to work in partnership with local businesses to achieve this.  We therefore welcome the Council’s new CCTV funding initiative which will deliver benefits across the Borough”.

Details on how to express an interest in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s CCTV Grant Programme is available at or

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Iconic Athletics Track in Antrim renamed Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb with L-R Councillor Paul Dunlop, Alderman John Smyth, Trevor Clarke MLA, Councillor Jim Montgomery and Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Ross at the renaming of Antrim Stadium to the Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium.

To mark the Northern Ireland Centenary, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has recently renamed Antrim Stadium to the Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb, and Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Ross, unveiled the new name plaque at a rededication ceremony with local Councillors, members of the NI Centenary Working Group and local runners.

The stadium first opened in 1979 and the newly named Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium will carry with it all the history, events and achievements accomplished by the clubs and athletes over the years. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey said, “I am delighted that we were able to include this special rededication of our athletic stadium in our programme of Centenary events.   There have been a huge number of successful events at the stadium over the years, as well as athletic stars training here and succeeding in their sporting careers, thanks to the dedication of coaches and clubs.  I know there will be many more success stories to come under the new Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium name”.

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Opportunity for Students to go Stateside for the Summer

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Sister Cities Student Exchange Programme 2022. This cross-community programme, which has been running since 2000, aims to provide Antrim and Newtownabbey’s young adults with an opportunity to travel to Gilbert, Arizona during the summer.

Two students will be selected to participate in the programme from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough.  The first part of the programme involves the two students travelling to the USA to spend three weeks being home hosted by their matched student.  They will be given a wonderful opportunity to learn about their hosts’ local cultures and customs in ways not available to a casual visitor. 

At the end of the three weeks, the Gilbert students will return with our students to be home hosted in Antrim and Newtownabbey.  During their stay, they will have a chance to closely experience a new culture and make lifelong friends by living with the family of their exchange student. 

All travel expenses for the Programme will be covered by the Council, however students are expected to provide their own passports and spending money. Applications must be submitted by 10 January 2022.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb said “I am delighted that we are able to work with our sister city, Gilbert in Arizona again this year.  This is a fabulous opportunity for our young adults to experience a new Country and culture, Right at the heart of the local community.  I also look forward to welcoming students from Gilbert when they arrive to stay with one of our families next year.  I am sure they will have a great time with so many exciting things to see and do in our Borough”.

If you or someone you know would like to take part in this exciting opportunity, visit here for more information, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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