Cllr James Hunter

James Hunter is the Green Party councillor for Bangor West.

The retired drystone wall builder is a tireless environmental campaigner who has spent many years working with Conservation Volunteers at Clandeboye Estate, planted thousands of trees across the Ards peninsula and is very much involved in the Community Kitchens social initiative, an enterprise to help people to engage with each other.

Originally from Ballymoney, he attended technical college before studying Environmental Physics at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, focusing on renewables.

He lectured at Coleraine tech before travelling in Europe for five years, after which he worked with Conservation Volunteers NI in Coleraine and then Clandeboye Estate in Bangor.

James has worked on the estate ever since, carrying out drystone walling work and later becoming a handyman.

He has led the campaign to have the Comber Greenway extended to Donaghadee and for the preservation of the old railway stone bridges along the route, raising the funds to usher the project through to the Phase 1 feasibility study stage.

James Hunter is dedicated to community building and involving the community in key decision-making, and wants to see public assets such as Bangor Courthouse remaining in the public domain.

He wants to create a better environment for people in the borough and says it is vital that any schemes be evidence-based and scientific.

James’ areas of interest

 Access to the countryside
 Equality and social justice
 Health and wellbeing
 Community planning