Monthly Archives: December 2013

Link road in Larne West is finally complete

The completion of roads infrastructure linking Lindara and Walnut Hollow in Larne West has been welcomed by east Antrim MLA Roy Beggs. Residents have long been lobbying for the infrastructure in the area to be brought up to standard, after developer Eassda went into administration in 2009, leaving roads, footways, street lighting, storm drains, sewers and manholes incomplete. However, the Roads Service has cashed in builders’ bonds in the region of £500,000 to pay for the installation of upgrades at the housing development. And Ulster Unionist representative Mr Beggs said he is now looking forward to the early introduction of public transport into the area. He added: “It has been a source of massive frustration for residents living in these private developments in Larne West, but finally the roads and pavements covered by the roads bonds for Lindara have been finished. “The surfacing of the main spine road running through … Continue reading

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Beggs: NI deserves British standards to measure and compare NHS treatment waiting times.

Ulster Unionist Party health spokesman Roy Beggs Jnr has expressed his disappointment that Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots is resisting introducing an appointment to treatment waiting time measurement- which would give a direct comparison with other parts of the UK NHS. Mr Beggs commented: “To know how well the health service in Northern Ireland is doing, we need to be able to benchmark performance. In Great Britain Referral to Treatment (RTT) is measured and published as a matter of routine. I have asked the Minister, through a written Assembly question, when such a common measurement tool will be introduced locally, so that we could accurately compare our performance with the rest of the UK. I am very disappointed with Minister Poots’ lacklustre response of “My Department has no plans at this time to measure waiting time for elective care on the basis of time from referral to treatment “ … Continue reading

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Roy Calls for Early Introduction of Bus Route In Larne West Suburbs

Ulster Unionist Party MLA for East Antrim Roy Beggs Jnr has welcomed completion of the third stage of the roads infrastructure linking Lindara and Walnut Hollow in Larne West, and has said he looks forward to the early introduction of public transport into the area. Mr Beggs commented: “It has been a source of massive frustration for residents living in these private developments in Larne West, but finally the roads and pavements covered by the Roads Bonds for Lindara have been finished, and the surfacing of the main spine road running through Lindara connecting to Blackthorn Hollow and in turn on to Killyglen Road has been completed. My office has been seeking resolution of this issue for a very long time, but it was the personal intervention of the DRD Minister Danny Kennedy which crucially made Roads Service act decisively to draw down the Roads Bonds and finish what was … Continue reading

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Family of Ballycarry murder victim calls for ‘open and transparent’ parole process

The family of murdered Ballycarry woman Nichola Dickson claim they were “kept in the dark” over her killer’s release from prison. Twenty-six-year-old Nichola was brutally murdered by her partner, David McCord, at her Ballycarry home in 2003. McCord was sentenced to a minimum of 11 years behind bars, but has been back on the streets since July under a pre-release scheme. Shocked to learn that McCord has effectively been released six months early, Nichola’s brother Gareth Smyth and her mother Linda Brown have paid a visit to Attorney General John Larkin, QC, to discuss the case. The pair spoke to Mr Larkin of their displeasure at the “lack of information” available to them surrounding McCord’s release. Gareth told the Times: “We have been virtually excluded from the parole process, and have been shown no proof that McCord has been rehabilitated. “We got a vague letter in July informing us that … Continue reading

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Meeting Sought with Justice Minister on Nichola Case

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jnr is seeking an urgent meeting with Justice Minister about the early release and parole arrangements for David McCord, the man who murdered Ballycarry woman Nichola Dickson in January 2011. Mr Beggs explained: “I have been in detailed written correspondence with Justice Minister David Ford about the sentencing, pre-release, and parole issues surrounding the McCord case.  I have also been asking questions at Stormont- as has my party leader Mike Nesbitt.  There still are however unanswered questions, and major discrepancies between what is being said now in late 2013, and what was said in 2004 at the time of McCord’s sentencing.  I am waiting for a response to my request to take Nichola’s mother and brother- Linda and Gareth to have a face to face meeting with the Minister, to follow up the meeting we had with the Attorney General 3 weeks ago.” The East … Continue reading

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