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Beggs calls for urgent DAERA investigation into fish kill

Roy Beggs MLA has contacted the Department of Agriculture, Environment & the Rural Affairs seeking an urgent investigation to establish the cause of the fish kill at the Woodburn reservoirs.   Roy Beggs said, “The Woodburn Dams are the water source for most of East Antrim, from Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus and parts of Larne.  An urgent investigation is required by DAERA to identify the cause of the fish kill and to confirm whether or not it was caused by the re-stocking process, to re-assure the public about their water source. Drinking water must be protected and lessons need to be learned from this incident”. DAERA are responsible for both re-stocking fish at the Woodburn reservoirs and for investigating fish kills and the potential of water pollution.   Recently there was concern at the exploratory drilling within the water catchment area of the dams.

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Ulster Unionists call for less regulation and bureaucracy for farmers

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs Jr & Cllr Andrew Wilson who both have family connections to farming, called on the U.K. Government and any future NI Executive to reduce the stressful bureaucratic paperwork burden on farmers with any new support system replacing the EU Common Agricultural Policy. Mr Beggs MLA, UUP Health Spokesperson said “Work related stress is a significant issue and farming has been identified as a particularly high risk occupation.    The popular image that farming is a stress free rural life is unfortunately not always the case.  A recent survey involving farming families has revealed that bureaucracy paperwork required by DAERA was now causing even greater stress to farming families than the considerable financial pressures from their business.  Roy Beggs said, “A comprehensive overhaul of the administrative burdens facing farmers should be undertaken to a create more user-friendly and less weighty administrative system.” According to … Continue reading

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Beggs Questions local EOTAS closure plans

Roy Beggs MLA, has expressed concern at the plans to close the only remaining Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) provision at the Monkstown, Educational Guidance Centre, which is the only remaining EOTAS service provided within Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey. Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist MLA, who is actively involved in trying to address educational under achievement and had visited the service said, “Closing the local EOTAS provision is a retrograde step.  Pupils can fall out of post primary school for complex reasons and EOTAS can play an important role in assisting them with continuing their education.  I am concerned with the plans to close the Monkstown EOTAS service and instead relay on a service provided in Ballymena some 25 miles away.  EOTAS plays an important role in assisting alternative education and sometimes the return of pupils to main stream schooling.  Young People from Carrickfergus, and Newtownabbey and parts of … Continue reading

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Beggs repeats calls for Larne arson madness to stop

Ulster Unionist East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has praised the speedy response of the NI Fire and Rescue Service in extinguishing the fire caused by the latest arson attack in Larne and called for the public to help bring ‘this madness’ to an end by providing information to help the PSNI charge the criminals involved. Roy Beggs MLA said: “A petrol bomb thrown into a home could easily result in fatalities.   In this latest incident, we are fortunate that the local fire fighters quickly extinguished the fire and no one has been seriously injured. “I would call on the criminals involved in endangering life to stop before someone is killed and many lives are ruined.  The public needs to assist the PSNI in tracking down those involved in these repeated attacks on property and people.  This madness must stop now.”

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Latest waiting times illustrate how ineffectual recent Stormont Health Ministers actually were

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has said the revelation that waiting times in emergency departments have actually marginally improved since the Executive collapsed reveals how ineffectual recent Health Ministers were. Roy Beggs, the Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson, said: “Health waiting times in our accident and emergency departments improved slightly in March compared to the previous year.  As this follows a trend over the last 2-3 years of gradually deteriorating waiting times any improvement is a well-overdue step in the right direction.  I welcome the improved performance at Antrim A7E which has a noticeable improvement on this time last year but further improvement is required to hit the target of 95% of patients being seen within the 4 hour target. Credit must be given to our NHS staff for this improvement despite an increasing workload.” “The irony is that this small improvement was achieved in months where there was no … Continue reading

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