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Beggs welcomes further roll out of part-time 20 mph speed limit at East Antrim schools

Ulster Unionist Party Transport spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed the further roll out of part-time 20 mph speed limits at 100 schools in Northern Ireland, following on from a similar successful pilot scheme at Model PS, in his East Antrim constituency. Roy Beggs MLA said “At the 20mph lower speed limit, fewer accidents occur and injuries tend to be less severe. Having previously lobbied for the pilot 20mph scheme at Model Primary School, I am pleased to learn that the part time 20mph speed limit has been expanded to an additional 100 schools. It will enhance road safety for our children, parents and staff and at these busy school sites and make our roads safer for all. Locally, I welcome the part-time 20mph speed limits at Upper Ballyboley PS, Islandmagee PS, Carrickfergus Grammar School and Carrickfergus Academy, which adds to the pilot scheme at Model PS, Carrickfergus.” Ends

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Beggs concerned at driver testing backlog and DVA complacency

Roy Beggs MLA, UUP spokesperson for Infrastructure, has expressed concern at the degree of complacency shown by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) during questioning about the driver testing backlog at the NI Assembly Infrastructure Committee. Roy Beggs MLA said: “There is an extensive backlog of new drivers wanting to complete their driving tests. The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) advised the committee that their testing capacity was reduced by over 15% because of COVID-19 risk assessments. Given this background, it was inexplicable that DVA expressed a wait and see attitude rather than act now to recruit more temporary driving examiners. “It is obvious that there will be high demand for driver testing in October when testing will once more be open to everyone and I was therefore disappointed at the lack of urgency shown by DVA. There is a need to act now to increase driver testing capacity to … Continue reading

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Larne Security Alert

East Antrim UUP representative Roy Beggs MLA has commented on the security alert that saw the Circular Road Roundabout closed through to the Curran Road. Roy Beggs MLA said “Thanks to the professional work of the bomb disposal experts and the PSNI, I am pleased that the WW1 grenade in Larne was able to be made safe and the roads re-opened relatively quickly – minimising localised disruption.”

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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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