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Rates Hike warning for Larne and Carrickfergus

Ulster Unionist MLA for East Antrim Roy Beggs Jnr has warned of the potential for significant rates hikes in Larne and Carrickfergus as a result of the 11 Council proposal which will see Larne and Carrickfergus being joined to Ballymena in a new Council configuration. Mr Beggs said: “The Ulster Unionist Party supported a 15 Council model based on the 18 Parliamentary Constituencies, with one Council to cover the four Belfast Constituencies. However a 11 Council model with a new local government body for Mid and East Antrim has been pushed through at Stormont with the votes of DUP, SF and Alliance party. This paves the way for Larne and Carrickfergus to be merged with Ballymena in an artificially constructed new Council. The issues about lack of local identity and the dilution of local democracy are important but in many ways academic arguments compared to the likelihood of rising rate … Continue reading

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