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UUP MLA Roy Beggs calls for CCTV at Marine Gardens Play Park

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has called for the installation of CCTV at the Marine Gardens play park in Carrickfergus following repeated vandalism at the site. Roy Beggs MLA said “Unfortunately the Marine Gardens play park was vandalised again over the weekend. I do not understand why anyone would set out to damage a children’s play area and I would urge anyone with any information on this crime to contact the PSNI. A direct consequence of these irresponsible actions is that the play park will be inaccessible for young people to enjoy while repairs are carried out. It is time for CCTV to be installed in the local area to monitor & record out of hours activity and try to lessen the likelihood of subsequent destruction. Such a move would help to protect the significant Council investment in the play park and the surrounding area. I … Continue reading

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Beggs raises concerns direct with Translink about timetable changes on the Larne Line

East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs has written to Translink to outline his concern at the new timetable for the Larne Line which means the frequency of trains travelling to Larne Harbour has been reduced during peak periods. Roy Beggs MLA said “I have been contacted by a number of local residents in relation to the new timetable. A number of my constituents use the train to get to school in Larne. I am advised that previously there was a half hourly service from Lanyon Place to Larne Harbour which facilitated school children getting to school before 9am. With the usual school train now stopping at Whitehead and then returning to Belfast, school children face either being in Larne too early for school (8:20am) or too late (9:20am) via the Larne Line train service. This change to the timetable also affects youths travelling along the Larne Line between Belfast and … Continue reading

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Beggs asks Minister for an update on timescales for new build Abbey Community College

East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs, who supported the amalgamation of Newtownabbey Community High and Monkstown Community School over 6 years ago, has asked for an update on timescales for the development of the new school at Abbey Community College. During Education Question Time, Mr Beggs asked the Minister of Education to “outline the timescale to build a new school at Abbey Community College, Newtownabbey.” Education Minister Michelle McIlveen responded; “Abbey Community College was announced as a major capital works project in June 2014. A business case for the project was approved, with the preferred option being a new build site at Three Mile Water, Newtownabbey. The site is currently owned by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The estimated cost for the project is in the region of £34·3 million. That will provide accommodation and outside play facilities for the school, which has an approved enrolment number of 820 pupils. … Continue reading

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Beggs questions Economy Minister on good practice to minimise risk of Covid-19

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has questioned the Economy Minister on how to promote good practice to minimise the risk of the spread of Covid-19 and whether he agrees that in high-risk venues, COVID certificates or proof of a negative lateral flow test reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID. Speaking at Stormont, Mr Beggs asked the Minister for the Economy “to outline the role of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in promoting good practice to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19.” The Economy Minister replied; “Throughout the pandemic, the Health and Safety Executive has sought to utilise the information emanating from the Public Health Agency in a way that will assist employers to keep their staff safe and that will allow them to continue to function. That advice has been offered not only through face-to-face inspections but via email, telephone conversations, social … Continue reading

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Roy Beggs comments on scrapped ‘Boris Bridge’

Ulster Unionist Infrastructure spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, said: “Unfortunately, I am not surprised that the so called ‘Boris bridge’ has been scrapped and that Sir Peter Hendy`s report has found that is isn`t currently viable. We did raise concerns about the engineering obstacles that would have to be overcome to attempt such a huge project in the current climate, never mind the billions of pounds that it would cost. It was the inevitable outcome. We must now ensure that we focus on improving connectivity between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK and will be asking the Government to invest some of the money that would have been spent to build the bridge, on improving the road system in Scotland not least the A75 and A77. It is vital that our connections with Scotland and England will still feature as prominently in future spending plans to improve connectivity across … Continue reading

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