Dickson welcomes Transport NI improvements that benefit East Antrim

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed the upgrades on infrastructure programmes that will benefit East Antrim. Stewart Dickson MLA said: “In the next six months, the Newtownabbey area will see the completion of a number of infrastructure projects that will realise significant benefits for both the local community and commuters in and out of my East Antrim Constituency. “The coming months will see upgrades completed including the A8 Ballynure Road from Corrs Corner Roundabout to Houstons Roundabout and Carnmoney Rd, Newtownabbey; this represents an investment of £1.19million. “Additional funding was also secured in the October Monitoring Round and that will facilitate the de

Dickson says British-Irish Council not being used to full extent over Brexit

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said the British-Irish Council (BIC) is not being used to its fullest extent, due to its next meeting being scheduled for after the Brexit process is due to begin. East Antrim MLA Mr Dickson was speaking after quizzing First Minister Arlene Foster around the most recent BIC, as she updated MLAs in the Assembly chamber today (Tuesday). The talks, which took place in Cardiff last week, saw the First Minister and deputy First Minister discuss Brexit alongside the Secretary of State and Taoiseach. "While it is welcome the First Minister attended the BIC, unlike the Taoiseach's all-island civic forum on Brexit, it appears the discussions were not as in-depth or

Dickson Delighted that Translink Railtrack Fence at Minorca Drive to be Repaired or Replaced

Alliance Party East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, is delighted that the Translink Railtrack Fence behind several properties in Minorca Drive, Carrickfergus, is to be repaired or replaced. Mr Dickson MLA said: “For some months I and my staff have been dealing with Translink, on behalf of residents, in respect of the ageing and potentially dangerous fence at the rear of several properties in Minorca Drive. Many of the trees have not been pruned for such a long time that they were overhanging some of the gardens and were also in danger of pushing the wooden fence into gardens or the road. “However, I am delighted that Translink have now agreed to resolve the problem and their Project Team will

Dickson Hugely Disappointed at Pig Farm Planning Approval

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, who had been supporting objectors to the massive Pig Farm planned to be sited on the edge of Newtownabbey on the Reahill Road, has expressed his huge disappointment at the Antrim & Newtownabbey Council’s decision to approve the planning application. Mr Dickson said: “I, like many others, very much regret that this blight on the landscape, and potential noxious pollution of the surrounding area that normally accompanies such operations, was given the go ahead by Antrim & Newtownabbey Council on Tuesday night. “It demonstrates perfectly why our Planning Regulations are flawed as no objector has a right to a ‘Third Party Appeal’. If the decision had gone agains

Dickson Pleased to Welcome Virgin Broadband to Newtownabbey, Greenisland and Carrickfergus

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, is pleased to welcome Virgin Broadband to the areas of Hedgelea Road, Newtownabbey and are shortly to step into the Greenisland and Carrickfergus areas. Mr Dickson said: “I have been attempting to resolve British Telecom (BT) Broadband issues in the Greenisland area for several residents. This let me to also engage with Virgin Media, who are actively looking at providing broadband in Greenisland and Carrickfergus. “I have been pressing for greater broadband provision for East Antrim for a considerable time. While I am pleased at the arrival of Virgin Broadband, it is necessary due to the failures of BT to deliver high quality broadband provision fr

Dickson Welcomes Completed Infrastructure Work in Mid and East Antrim

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, welcomes Transport NI update on the Mid and East Antrim Infrastructure Programme. Mr Dickson said: “People across East Antrim, and the wider areas, will feel the benefits of completed Infrastructure Projects, both in the local communities and when commuting. “Following the extremely positive news from Transport NI, I will continue to push the Minister for Infrastructure to carry out the York Street Interchange Project. The success in East Antrim shows that the York Street Interchange Project is, and must be made, possible. “Work on the A26 Frosses Road is now over 70% completed. It is wonderful news that the dualling scheme is on track to be open to

Dickson Calls on Executive to Support Co-Operative Model

Stewart Dickson MLA hosted the ‘This is What a Co-operative Looks Like’ event at Parliament Buildings on Tuesday 15th November. The event was organised by Co-operative Alternatives and Social Enterprise NI and hosted by the All Party Group on Social Enterprises, of which Stewart Dickson is Chairperson. The event called for Stormont to support co-operative model. The Stormont Executive was urged to do more to support the Co-operative Movement – a vital source of jobs and wealth generation to the Northern Ireland economy. Stewart Dickson said: “I was delighted as Chairperson for the All Party Group on Social Enterprises to support Co-operatives in Northern Ireland. “The support shown by other

Unhappy anniversary for victims, says Dickson

The Fresh Start Agreement is on life support one year after it was signed, Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said. East Antrim MLA Mr Dickson said the deal, which will mark its first anniversary tomorrow (Thursday) had "left victims in limbo" by not resolving their issues, which was still a problem a year later. Among the agreed measures between the DUP and Sinn Fein was to introduce changes to the petition of concern mechanism, addressing flags and parades, and tackling paramilitarism. "Alliance did not fully endorse the so-called Fresh Start Agreement, mainly due to its inability to comprehensively deal with the needs of victims and their families. Instead it was used for self-praise by t

Stewart marks World Diabetes Day

Stewart Dickson MLA speaks at launch of new publication from Diabetes UK called State of the Nation 2016 – Time to take control of diabetes Stewart Dickson (far right) at launch of State of the Nation 2016 Stewart Dickson MLA attended an event to mark World Diabetes Day in the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday 14th November 2016. The new publication, State of the Nation 2016 – Time to take control of diabetes, was launched by Diabetes UK at the event in Stormont. Stewart Dickson, sponsered the launch of the report, at the event hosted by himself and Assembly colleague, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA.

Stewart supports Anti-Bullying Week

Stewart Dickson MLA pictured lending a hand to support Anti-Bullying Week in Northern Ireland. MLAs were invited to contribute to the artwork and show their support for Anti-Bullying Week by signing a handprint and sticking it to the board in Stormont. The art project was designed to promote Anti-Bullying Week 2016 and to support the Anti-Bullying Forum’s message of ‘Together We Are Stronger’. Pupils and children who participated in the Education Service programmes during Anti-Bullying Week also took part in the art project.

Dickson Delighted with Woodburn Primary School Funding Success

Melanie Craig (Principal of Woodburn Primary School) gets her point across to Stewart Dickson MLA that a new build is long overdue Alliance Party East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, is delighted that planning approval has been successful for a new build at Woodburn Primary School. Mr Dickson MLA said: “It was way back in 2013 when I began pressing the then NEELB and the Education Minister to help the school, which was then operating out of mobile classrooms, as it is was already long passed the time that the 193 children were provided with adequate facilities. “I specifically raised the issue of funding for Woodburn School to ensure that their meagre resources were enhanced and maintained in

Dickson Delighted at Appeal Dismissal for Jordanstown Planning Application

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, today expressed his delight at the news that an appeal to a planning application by the University of Ulster, for the redevelopment of the Jordanstown campus, has been dismissed by the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC). The redevelopment proposal which involved a mixed use scheme including 600 dwellings, village centre, relocated pitches, a research and development park and the retention of existing facilities; was initially turned down by the Planning Committee in August 2015 before an appeal was lodged by the applicant. The PAC did not uphold all 7 grounds for refusal as put forward by the Council it did however, sustain 3 of the grounds for refusal and on

November & December Farm Safety Workshop Dates Announced

The Rural Development Council (RDC) has announced 7 new dates for farm health and safety workshops as part of its delivery of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 - Farm Family Key Skills. The health and safety workshops will take place during November and December this year. Workshops are targeted at farmers, farm family members and farm workers. Hosted on farm, the workshops offer practical awareness covering the everyday hazards faced by the farming industry. Workshops offer a mix of real life stories, up to date information and a practical understanding of on farm risks, how to identify them and how to manage them. Workshops also introduce farmers to the ne

Dickson Encourages Constituents to Take Advantage of ‘PeoplePlus NI’ Training

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, met with local training provider PeoplePlus NI to discuss the opportunities available for local communities through the Building Employment through Education Project (BEE), funded by the Social Investment Fund (SIF). Mr Dickson said: “So far the programme has delivered over 700 employability assessment days, 5000 free breakfasts across six different schools and CV preparation courses which have helped 100s of people. “The second stage of the project includes the delivery of community-led courses on a variety of topics, including health and wellbeing, forklift truck driving, sewing, employability skills, pottery IT, anxiety management and many more.

More substantive Executive action plan needed on paramilitarism, Alliance says

The Executive needs to produce a more substantive action plan on paramilitarism, Alliance representatives will tell the Assembly tomorrow. The party will bring a motion on ending all forms of paramilitarism, It follows a series of incidents, including concern being expressed over funding of the Charter NI group and the UK Government withholding money for the implementation of the Executive's action plan on paramilitarism due to its lack of detail. Alliance Executive spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA said 18 years after the Good Friday Agreement, all paramilitary organisations should have ceased to exist. "In the wake of the murders of summer 2015, Alliance proposed a fresh commitment to tac

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