Stop criminal feuding in Larne ‘before lives are lost’: MLA

Criminal feuding in Larne must come to an end “before lives are lost” Roy Beggs has said.

The Ulster Unionist MLA made his plea after an arson attack at a house in the Killyglen Road area of the town on Sunday.

Mr Beggs said the latest incident had all the hallmarks of the tit-for-tat incidents that have been taking place in recent weeks.

“Another car has been set on fire and, with the risk of an exploding petrol tank, homes have been endangered along with the lives of local residents,” he said.

“I have a meeting arranged with the PSNI and will be urging that extra resources are used to target the well known criminal protagonists and help bring this feuding to an end before lives are lost,” Mr Beggs added.

Three men have been arrested by police investigating the Killyglen incident. Two of the men, aged 23 and 32, were initially detained followed by a 34-year-old man on Sunday night.

The 34-year-old was originally arrested for disorderly behaviour and assault on police, but subsequently arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.


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Monkstown centre closure ‘concerning’

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has expressed concern over plans to close the only remaining Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) provision in Monkstown.

This Educational Guidance Centre is the only remaining EOTAS service provided within Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.

Mr. Beggs is actively involved in trying to address educational under-achievement and has visited the service.

He said: “Closing the local EOTAS provision is a retrograde step. Pupils can fall out of post-primary school for complex reasons and EOTAS can play an important role in assisting them with continuing their education.

“I am concerned with the plans to close the Monkstown EOTAS service and instead relay on a service provided in Ballymena.

“EOTAS plays an important role in assisting alternative education and sometimes the return of pupils to main stream schooling.

“Young people from Carrick, Newtownabbey and parts of Larne will have to travel the considerable additional distance to Ballymena. This in itself could create another barrier to returning young people to main stream education.

“The Newtownabbey campus of the Northern Regional College can often play an important role through EOTAS in enabling skills or qualifications to be achieved. Given the transport links, it makes much more sense for a young person from Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey and parts of Larne to link with the Northern Regional College at Newtownabbey rather than at NRC in Ballymena. I have written to the Education Authority asking that they would reverse this closure plan.”


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Beggs calls for urgent DAERA investigation into fish kill

Roy Beggs MLA has contacted the Department of Agriculture, Environment & the Rural Affairs seeking an urgent investigation to establish the cause of the fish kill at the Woodburn reservoirs.  

Roy Beggs said, “The Woodburn Dams are the water source for most of East Antrim, from Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus and parts of Larne.  An urgent investigation is required by DAERA to identify the cause of the fish kill and to confirm whether or not it was caused by the re-stocking process, to re-assure the public about their water source. Drinking water must be protected and lessons need to be learned from this incident”.

DAERA are responsible for both re-stocking fish at the Woodburn reservoirs and for investigating fish kills and the potential of water pollution.   Recently there was concern at the exploratory drilling within the water catchment area of the dams.

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Ulster Unionists call for less regulation and bureaucracy for farmers

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs Jr & Cllr Andrew Wilson who both have family connections to farming, called on the U.K. Government and any future NI Executive to reduce the stressful bureaucratic paperwork burden on farmers with any new support system replacing the EU Common Agricultural Policy.

Mr Beggs MLA, UUP Health Spokesperson said “Work related stress is a significant issue and farming has been identified as a particularly high risk occupation.    The popular image that farming is a stress free rural life is unfortunately not always the case.  A recent survey involving farming families has revealed that bureaucracy paperwork required by DAERA was now causing even greater stress to farming families than the considerable financial pressures from their business. 

Roy Beggs said, “A comprehensive overhaul of the administrative burdens facing farmers should be undertaken to a create more user-friendly and less weighty administrative system.”

According to recent  research farmers and their spouses have been shown to suffer more anxiety and depression than non-farmers and have a higher risk of psychiatric disorders than corresponding subgroups of the non-farming population.

Roy Beggs MLA added “The farming community are very self-reliant and many farmers do not appear to be accessing the variety of external resources for helping with stress.  The Health Trusts need to provide a more targeted information for farmers and rural communities”. 

Ulster Unionist Party colleague Cllr Andrew Wilson, who previously worked on European Parliament Agricultural Committee issues for MEP Jim Nicholson from 2011-12 concluded, “With the UK exiting the EU, I would hope that the replacement for the Common Agricultural Payment (CAP) would be more pragmatic and more user friendly.”

We need to remove the current level of administrative burden inherited from the EU. We owe a lot to the farming sector who often work long hours in difficult conditions. We need to do all that we can to help these farmers in our community, as they work day and daily to provide essential food.”

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Monkstown centreclosure ‘concerning’

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has expressed concern over plans to close the only remaining Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) provision in Monkstown.

This Educational Guidance Centre is the only remaining EOTAS service provided within Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.

Mr. Beggs is actively involved in trying to address educational under-achievement and has visited the service.

He said: “Closing the local EOTAS provision is a retrograde step. Pupils can fall out of post-primary school for complex reasons and EOTAS can play an important role in assisting them with continuing their education.

“I am concerned with the plans to close the Monkstown EOTAS service and instead relay on a service provided in Ballymena.

“EOTAS plays an important role in assisting alternative education and sometimes the return of pupils to main stream schooling.

“Young people from Carrick, Newtownabbey and parts of Larne will have to travel the considerable additional distance to Ballymena. This in itself could create another barrier to returning young people to main stream education.

“The Newtownabbey campus of the Northern Regional College can often play an important role through EOTAS in enabling skills or qualifications to be achieved. Given the transport links, it makes much more sense for a young person from Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey and parts of Larne to link with the Northern Regional College at Newtownabbey rather than at NRC in Ballymena. I have written to the Education Authority asking that they would reverse this closure plan.”


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