Monthly Archives: November 2013

Christmas Car Parking Promotion a Boost for local Town Centres

Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed Danny Kennedy MLA, the Roads Minister’s decision to introduce a Christmas special offer of “five hours for one pound” over the busiest Christmas period for car parks in Carrickfergus and Larne that have a tariff of 30p or more per hour. The Ulster Unionist MLA said “I welcome this reduced car parking charge over the busy Christmas period.  It should encourage more shoppers to come into Carrickfergus and Larne and to shop locally over the Christmas period.  This is a vital time for local businesses.  I hope that this decision will help our town centre traders and support the vital role they and our town centres play in the local community.”

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Roy Beggs MLA launches Private Member’s Bill to Deter Metal Theft

Ulster Unionist MLA for East Antrim Roy Beggs has launched a public consultation exercise on a Private Member’s Bill he is piloting through Stormont.  A consultation document published on his website aims to gather feedback on the idea of new legislation to regulate scrap metal dealers, in order to help combat the ongoing problem of metal theft. Roy Beggs MLA stated; “The issue of metal theft has been a live issue for some time now in my East Antrim constituency and across Northern Ireland.    In the absence legislation from the relevant government departments [the Department of Justice or the Department of the Environment], to ensure an audit trail of traded scrap metal, I have taken it upon myself to introduce my own Private Member’s Bill at Stormont.” “It is startling fact that in the first quarter of 2013, the PSNI report that 299 reported burglary, robbery and theft offences include … Continue reading

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MEP visits east Antrim

As part of a recent visit to the East Antrim constituency Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson met with a group of farmers to discuss a range of local issues and concerns. The meeting took place in Willowbank Business Park in Larne in conjunction with Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs MLA and Larne Councillors; Alderman Roy Beggs, Mayor of Larne Councillor Maureen Morrow plus Councillor Mark McKinty. The day’s itinerary also included a visit to and tour of Topping Meats. Speaking after the visit, Mr Nicholson said: “Now that the CAP negotiations have been finalised in Brussels today’s visit was a great opportunity to meet with farmers from the Larne area to discuss the lengthy negotiations process and more importantly the implications of the agreement locally. It was also interesting to listen to the views of farmers regarding the various optional elements available to DARD within the package such as coupled support. … Continue reading

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Edwin Poots` position is becoming untenable – Roy Beggs

 Ulster Unionist Health spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has claimed Edwin Poots` position is becoming untenable’ following yet another detailed court ruling against him. Mr Beggs said: “In the UK, ministers do not have absolute power. They must act lawfully and follow the due process when appointing individuals to public bodies. “It must be of concern to every fair-minded individual that the Minister has been accused by a judge in his detailed ruling of breaching the legal appointment process, of “frustrating” public law obligations and of excluding trade unionists and their members from appointment to certain public bodies on the basis of their status or class. “With yet another detailed court ruling against Edwin Poots, his position is becoming untenable.”  

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MLA succeeds with cancer plea

MLAs from several parties commended East Antrim member Oliver McMullan for a forthright and impassioned plea for action on prostate cancer. The Sinn Fein representative, who is undergoing treatment for the disease, earned unanimous backing last Tuesday night for an Assembly motion that calls on Health Minister Edwin Poots to fund a campaign highlighting the dangers of the disease for men, as well as an aftercare package for patients, along with an investigation into a high prevalence rate in Larne and the Glens of Antrim. “I raised the issue of introducing a screening programme for those men who have undergone treatment for the condition,” he explained. “At the moment, once you have completed your programme, patients are left to manage on their own. It is important that we introduce a system that these patients are routinely monitored to ensure that the cancer has not come back.” Mr McMullan added: “I … Continue reading

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