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Beggs Raises B90 Marshallstown Road Flooding with Minister

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has raised the issue of repeated flooding on the B90, Marshallstown Road, Carrickfergus with the Regional Development Minister. Roy Beggs MLA asked the Minister; “For her assessment of the repeated flooding that occurs on the B90, Marshallstown Road.” Responding to the UUP representative, Minister McIlveen said “Across the road network, localised road flooding can occur during intense or prolonged rainfall and I am aware of localised flooding issues along the Marshallstown Road.  The existing drainage system is maintained by my TransportNI officials; however this may be compromised when leaves cover gratings.  This risk is reduced through regular sweeping by Mid and East Antrim Council. “My officials are aware of an ongoing flooding problem from Sullatober Lane which is privately owned.  This is currently being investigated by my officials and Rivers Agency colleagues.  The existing road drainage system at this location is … Continue reading

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Need to Raise Awareness of Ovarian Cancer Highlighted

Speech on Ovarian Cancer 11/3/13 East Antrim MLA and UUP spokesman on health Roy Beggs Jnr has called on the Minister for Health to take forward an interactive awareness campaign on the issue of ovarian cancer. The Ulster Unionist MLA outlined the fact that ovarian cancer leads to 6•6% of all cancer deaths in Northern Ireland and that 500 lives could be saved in the United Kingdom European levels of diagnosis and treatment were matched. Speaking in support of an Assembly motion Mr Beggs said: “Ovarian cancer is one of the commonest forms of cancer affecting women in Northern Ireland. In 2011, it accounted for 2•6% of female cancer cases, and one in 87 women is affected by it. Each of us will probably know someone who will be affected by it in her lifetime, and we should all think carefully about that. However, it also accounts for 6•6% of … Continue reading

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Beggs Holds Poots to Account over NIFRS

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Roy Speaks on Used Tyre Disposal Report at Assembly

Speaking on Tyre Disposal ReportThat this Assembly approves the interim report of the Committee for the Environment on its inquiry into the management of used tyres in Northern Ireland and calls on the Minister of the Environment to bring forward a timetable for implementing the recommendations contained in the report. Mr Beggs: As a former member of the Environment Committee, I remember coming across this issue a long time ago. I recognised at that time the potential for profiteering that could easily happen, it struck me, through the mishandling of the storage of tyres being recycled — or not recycled. I welcome the report that the Committee has made and the conclusions it has come to. The issue of ensuring that all sites are licensed is important. The public needs to be wary where illegal, unlicensed sites are used. There is a need to inspect licensed sites to ensure that … Continue reading

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Pastic Bag Tax debated at Assembly

Roy Contributes to Plastic Bag Tax debate Ulster Unionist MLAs have successfully carried an amendment regarding the proposed tax on single use carrier bags. Speaking during the Stormont debate, East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs Jnr said: “It is important that we focus on the environmental aspect of the purpose behind the levy. Originally, there was talk about a green new deal but that has gone by the wayside. No funding from this issue will go towards the green new deal as there is no proposal for a green new deal at present. In any case, I am concerned about the economics and the figures that are coming out. The administrative costs will be £820,000 a year. Surely, we must look at that very carefully to see how we can better manage such a proposal so that we are not simply raising money for more bureaucratic systems. Also, on the issue … Continue reading

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