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Beggs calls for help to address educational under attainment

Roy Beggs, East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA has welcomed an announcement from the Education Minister that an expert panel has been formed to make recommendations and to development an action plan to tackle educational underachievement and he recently reminded the minister that parts of Larne had the highest proportion of less than 85% attendance at school of any ward in NI. Roy Beggs MLA said “I have been raising the very real issue of educational underachievement within some disadvantaged communities and the unacceptable high levels of absenteeism for several years. I welcome the appointment of the expert panel and would urge the schools, parents and the local community to work together to improve the life-time opportunities of young people from Larne that can come from all recognising the value of education. Some of the statistics given to me in a recent Assembly answer on absenteeism in parts of Larne … Continue reading

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Beggs criticises derogative muzzle remark by MP

Roy Beggs MLA has criticised the local MP for derogatively describing face covering as muzzles Roy Beggs said, “The scientific community has recognised that face coverings/masks can help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus where social distancing is not possible. By describing them as muzzles, Sammy is disrespecting all our NHS workers and the carers who put themselves at risk, caring for the community during the past months. By poo pooing expert advice, and discouraging the use of face coverings, he is also putting at particular risk the thousands of vulnerable members of our community who have until recently been shielding. Why is he trying to dissuade the public from protecting their neighbours where social distancing is not possible, such as on public transport or in confined public indoor spaces? We all must remember that the coronavirus has not gone away. With the relaxing of lock down, many have dropped … Continue reading

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Beggs keeps green active travel infrastructure on the agenda for East Antrim

East Antrim Ulster Unionist representative Roy Beggs MLA, who serves on the NI Assembly Infrastructure Committee, has questioned Minister Nichola Mallon on her Departments plans for cycle paths and pedestrianised walkways in East Antrim and has welcomed plans to develop a route along the existing hard shoulder on the Belfast Road, Larne from Shanes Hill to Pound Street. Roy Beggs, Deputy Speaker of the Assembly said “It is important that we continue to press for active travel routes for cyclists and pedestrians. Walking and Cycling is good for the environment and for your health. As someone who has frequently cycled along the Belfast Road, Larne, I am aware of the need for improvement to this route. Walking and cycling and even just being in the outdoor environment is known to improve your physical health and your mental well-being. Following on from the recent period of quarantine due to Covid-19, it … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes continued Neighbourhood Renewal funding for East Antrim communities

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party representative Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed news that communities in the local area continue to be funded through the Neighbourhood Renewal fund. Roy Beggs said “It is good news that funding of over £70,000 is continuing for smaller, disadvantages communities in Dixon Park (Larne), Sunnylands (Carrickfergus) and Greenisland. Some of these areas were originally overlooked for the funding but the decision was subsequently reversed when I highlighted the need for equality in funding distribution across Northern Ireland.”

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Beggs welcomes Kilroot Energy Park

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed the environmentally friendly vision for Kilroot Energy Park, as outlined by EPUKI. Roy Beggs MLA said “Recognising the importance of Electricity Generation at Kilroot, I had previously successfully lobbied SONI and the Regulator to recognise that the current Kilroot generating capacity was require to provide a secure electricity supply in NI. I now welcome EPUKI’s concept of a Kilroot Energy Park, which can build on the recently awarded T-4 competitive tender. The planned investment in new generating capacity and plans for a gas linkup will ensure continued generation at Kilroot for many years to come. The environmental friendly concept outlined by the Kilroot Energy Park involving solar, battery storage, hydrogen and combined heat and power has the potential to be good for the environment, good for consumers and provide local employment. The vision of £600m investment could secure 150 full … Continue reading

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