[Talk-GB] Admin Boundaries in Northern Ireland

Steve Doerr doerr.stephen at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 12:36:08 UTC 2016

Looks like there is some open data available including 2012 districts (I 
think these are the 'super councils' referred to):


On 27/01/2016 11:50, Killyfole and District Development Association wrote:
> Hi Walter,
> We don't actually have defined cities like in other parts of the world. In
> fact there are only 5 which are classed as cities.  They are Armagh, Belfast,
> Derry/Londonderry, Lisburn and Newry.
> Historically, each city had its own council. But recently the councils have
> been merged into what we called super councils.   For example the new super-
> council covering Armagh City, now covers a huge area and is called "Armagh
> City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council"  the only completely intact
> council being Belfast City Council.
> The boundaries are defined by the OSNI/LPS and up until a few months ago all
> their data was Crown copyright.  They have started to release some data under
> an Open Government Licence but this is a slow, painful process!  The Royal
> Mail also own the addresses and postcodes here and while they have been forced
> to "open" the postcode in other parts of the UK, they still refuse to do it
> here.  This makes all data sources we would need to plot city boundaries are
> copyrighted by various organisations.
> I hope this explains the situation here in "Norn Iron"
> Clive (KDDA)
> On Wednesday 27 January 2016 11:52:12 Walter Nordmann wrote:
>> thx, Colin.
>> But it can't be ok that there are no city boundaries in N-I any more.
>> Ok, counties may be historic now, but Cities?
>> see: https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=belfast%2C ireland
>> only result is a place-node. OMG
>> Regards
>> walter
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