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Beggs presses Minister of Finance on the upgrade of Building Control Regulations to reduce CO2 Emissions

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has asked the Minister of Finance when the 2012 building control regulations governing a new building’s energy efficiency requirements will be upgraded to reduce CO2 emissions and the impact on climate change during its life-time. Finance Minister Murphy MLA responded: “My Department has put forward an ambitious provisional programme for phased uplifts of the energy efficiency requirements of building regulations as part of the Department for the Economy’s Energy Strategy Options Consultation. This includes plans for an uplift to the requirements in technical guidance for new buildings within the executive period, which we expect to consult on in the late summer or autumn of this year, subject to Executive approval. The provisional programme proposes further uplifts in 2022/23 and thereafter.” Commenting further on the issue, Roy Beggs MLA said “Reducing a buildings heat lost and the energy requirements to maintain its temperature is … Continue reading

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Beggs congratulates East Antrim based recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has congratulated Julie Nelson BEM and Thomas Haighton MBE on their recent Honours. Roy Beggs MLA said “Julie Nelson is deserving of her BEM award from the Queen for her outstanding contribution to the Northern Ireland team who have reached next Summers Euro Finals for the first time ever. Julie was also the first women’s player to reach the milestone mark of 100 caps for Northern Ireland and I congratulate her on her fantastic career to date. Thomas Haighton, who received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, has been a tireless advocate for people with a learning disability and I am aware at first hand of his proactive work which enabled the Learning Disability Pride parade to come to Carrickergus twice in recent times – with thousands attending. Both Julie and Thomas are outstanding role models and I congratulate them on … Continue reading

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Beggs takes part in un-adopted roads debate at Stormont

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has taken part in an Assembly debate on un-adopted roads where he highlighted success stories in Carrickfergus & Larne, while outlining significant failings in the planning system at the Larne West Distributor, a major spine road. Roy Beggs MLA, UUP Infrastructure Spokesperson said: “I declare an interest as I live on an un-adopted shared laneway. I wish to make it clear that I have no expectation that the Department will re-tarmac the roadway to improve access to my property. That would be unrealistic. Similarly, we have to recognise that the Department faces the same financial pressures for all the hundreds of kilometres of private laneways in Northern Ireland. The Department is struggling to maintain our existing roads network. That is the reality of the current funding arrangement, and it is important that we do not create unrealistic expectations. In preparing for the … Continue reading

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Beggs takes part in debate on the school estate in East Antrim

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has taken part in an adjournment debate at Stormont on the topic of the school estate in his constituency. The UUP MLA specifically raised the examples of Islandmagee, Whiteabbey & Greenisland PS in addition to Carrickfergus Academy and Larne High School during his contribution. Roy Beggs, speaking at Stormont said: “I thank Gordon Lyons for bringing forward this Adjournment topic. It is right that the difficulties that exist in the school estate in East Antrim are aired. I hope that they will be addressed subsequently. Young people in East Antrim over the years have not benefited to the same extent as other constituencies have in terms of the funding of new educational premises. I am not entirely sure why. Over the past 20 years, there have been repeated announcements of new builds, but very few have been in East Antrim. It may … Continue reading

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Beggs concerned at increase in transport and supply costs as a result of NI Protocol

Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist Party Infrastructure spokesperson has expressed concern at the increase in transport and supply costs as a result of the NI Protocol, as indicated in a recent survey by Manufacturing NI and by concerns being expressed by pharmaceutical suppliers. Manufacturing NI Survey · 77% said they have experienced a negative impact on their business · 36% believe the difficulties are likely to persist · 86% of firms have increased input costs on transportation Roy Beggs MLA said: “Just over a year ago we had the Alliance Party, SDLP and Sinn Fein writing to Boris Johnson trying to ensure the full implementation of NI Protocol. But it is adding costs to local businesses and will make them less competitive. “This week we learned that the NI Protocol impacts on medicines and medical devices used by our Health Trusts and pharmacists. There are already concerns about the implication … Continue reading

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