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Greenisland retailer: Roadworks ‘cut trade by half’

Restricted access during a period of roadworks in Greenisland has caused serious disruption for businesses, a local retailer has claimed. NI Water commenced a programme to replace water mains in the area at the end of February. It was expected that the scheme would take between six and eight weeks to complete. David McKee owns a butcher’s and coffee shop at Glassillan Court – an area he says was essentially “cut off” due to a road closure between the train station and Knockfergus Park. “The Water Board [NI Water] told us that the work would be done in four two-week periods, but in the first four weeks of the work my trade was halved,” Mr McKee told the Times. “I have a big customer catchment area in Farm Lodge and the top road, so the only way they could get to me was by doing a round trip by Trooperslane. … Continue reading

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Patsy McGlone MLA re-elected chairman of NI Assembly’s All Party Group on Country Sports

The NI Assembly’s All Party Group on Country Sports has re-elected Patsy McGlone MLA (SDLP) as chairman. Mr McGlone was re-elected chairman during the group’s Annual General Meeting which was held recently at Stormont. In addition, Trevor Clarke MLA was elected vice-chair, Roy Beggs MLA was elected secretary and Jonathan Craig was elected treasurer. BASC was re-elected to provide the secretariat for the group which was established in January 2013. Speaking after the meeting, Mr McGlone said: “I am delighted to have been re-elected chair of the Assembly’s All Party Group on Country Sports.  I have a keen interest in shooting sports which contribute £28 million pounds annually to the Northern Ireland economy. Shooters also manage nearly 70,000 hectares of land for shooting. “I look forward to working with my Assembly colleagues, BASC, and partner organisations to help promote and defend country sports.”  Tommy Mayne, director of BASC NI, said: … Continue reading

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Beggs supports Heart Foundation

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Lottery funding boost for community groups in Carrickfergus

People working with young children in the Carrickfergus area are promoting positive attitudes and respect for differences with support from Big Lottery Fund. Larne / Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey Branch of Early Years has received a £9,980 grant under the Awards for All programme. It is part of a roll out of £761,601 to 86 groups across Northern Ireland. Early Years provides support to other groups working with young children in the area. The project received funding to run training to members, focusing on promoting positive attitudes and respect for differences across communities. Also boosted by the announcement is Northern Ireland Young Walkers, a walking club based in Greenisland and run by volunteers to promote improved health and build friendships. Its £4,464 grant is being used to train volunteer walk leaders. Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI director, said: “The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making … Continue reading

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Ongoing pot hole problems

A local MLA has spoken out about the state of roads in East Antrim and inadequate repair carried out on potholes. Roy Beggs said, “In recent months I have noticed an increasing number of potholes, particularly on rural roads. More and more constituents are contacting me regarding dangerous potholes in our roads. “It appears to me that only the more severe potholes, on busier routes. are being repaired in a timely fashion. “Hannas Road, just above Larne is in very poor condition with a huge void that you might expect to find on hill track, not a public road.” The Ulster Unionist MLA added: “Local residents have advised me that they are concerned at the delay in repairing the significant void in Hannas Road, Larne which services several businesses. They have indicated that several claims for vehicle damage have had to be submitted to Transport NI. They are concerned that … Continue reading

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