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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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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 condemns threat made against East Antrim Assembly colleague

Beggs condemns threat made against East Antrim Assembly colleague East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has added his condemnation to those behind threats made to public representatives, including his constituency colleague David Hilditch MLA. Mr Beggs MLA said “I have known David for many years, and he has served the East Antrim area as a public representative for decades. I condemn those faceless individuals who see fit to threaten David, and he has my support. There is no place for threats or intimidation in our society and I am sure that David will not be deterred. Those who issue threats again politicians and journalists are attempting to remove the normal democratic, civil freedoms that we all take for granted that our forefathers battled to achieve. We all should indicate our support for those effected by undemocratic forces.” Ends

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What kind of Loyalism is this?

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has condemned the threats made to journalists and politicians – including his Party colleagues Steve Aiken OBE and Doug Beattie MC – by the South East Antrim UDA. Roy Beggs MLA said, “It is deplorable that over the weekend when we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe against Nazi fascism, that journalists in Northern Ireland are not free to express their viewpoint but are being threatened by the South East Antrim UDA. “Furthermore, the same group has now taken it upon themselves to threaten politicians, including Steve Aiken MLA, a retired Royal Navy nuclear submarine commander who was recognised by the Queen with the award of an OBE for operations in the Middle East, and Doug Beattie MLA who served Queen and Country for 34 years and who was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for his actions in Iraq, and … Continue reading

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