Gas to Whitehead Green Light a Win-Win for Local People - Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his delight at the announcement that Phoenix is to extend its natural gas pipe network to Whitehead. Mr Dickson commented: “The Utility Regulator has finally approved an application from Phoenix meaning that the people of Whitehead will now be able to enjoy the benefits of natural gas as their neighbours in Carrickfergus long have. “I have been working with Phoenix and the Regulator for years to get this proposal over the line. In April this year I called on both parties to come to a resolution as the Regulator indicated to me that 'all obstacles' had been removed, and the ball was now in Phoenix's court. “I am now very happy to see we

Dickson Questions Head of Civil Service Over Ethnic Minority Funding

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has asked the Head of the Civil Service whether a fund for ethnic minority groups is serving its intended purpose, after concerns were raised over which groups were receiving money. Several groups who applied to the Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) have complained about losing funding, adding their belief financing was not reserved exclusively for minority ethnic organisations. Mr Dickson said he has now sought urgent clarification. “There is no doubting the MEDF has provided excellent support for many ethnic minority groups,” he noted. “However, concerns have been raised regarding its running, as a number of other groups have been offered funding who are

NI Cancer Patient Survey an Important Opportunity to Improve Patient Experience - Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has encouraged people to express their views in the NI Cancer Patient Experience Survey. The survey, developed in partnership by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Public Health Agency (PHA), the Health and Social Care Board and all five Health and Social Care Trusts is now underway, and is asking for the views of those treated for cancer in between May and October 2017. Around 6,000 people will have an opportunity to have their say on the quality of their cancer care experience, with full results due in the Autumn. Mr Dickson commented: “Cancer has impacted us all in one way or another, and it is evident that the experience of cancer treatment can be st

Dickson Encourages Reponses to Taxi Services Survey

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has encouraged people to 'make their views known' in a Department for Infrastructure’s taxi survey to find out the experiences of older and disabled people when using taxis. The survey was developed by the Department for Infrastructure with input from Imtac, with the findings of the survey to be used to inform future changes to taxi regulation in Northern Ireland. The closing date for responses to the survey is the 24th August 2018. Mr Dickson commented: 'Taxis are a flexible and useful way for people to travel, and often those without cars rely upon them daily, especially in areas with poor public transport. Therefore, I strongly urge older people

Further Information Available About Danske Bank Closure-Larne

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed the availability of more information and advice from the Consumer Council, following the closure of the Danske Bank Branch in Larne. “While I still regret that Danske Bank has made the decision to close the branch in Larne, I welcome the Consumer Council’s factsheet which contains information and advice regarding the closure. “This will no doubt help Danske Bank customers make an informed decision about what they should do following the closure.” Mr Dickson concluded: “I would also like to reiterate my disappointment at the decision to close this branch, I hope that Danske Bank considers the negative impacts of these moves before making

Food Bank Holiday Closure- Please Note

The Carrickfergus foodbank will close on Thursday the 12th of July and re-open on Wednesday the 18th. The bank will remain open until 12 noon on Wednesday the 11th of July. Don’t forget, Carrickfergus Food Bank vouchers are available from my office in Carrickfergus, at 8 West Street. Office can be contacted at 02893350286

Dickson Welcomes Announcement as Carrickfergus Named Best Market Town in Northern Ireland

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his delight at the proclamation that Carrickfergus has been named the “Best Market Town” in Northern Ireland in a survey by the Royal Mail. The survey rankings were influenced by a number of factors such as average earnings, house prices, access to services, crime figures, skill level of the population and unemployment figures. Mr Dickson remarked: “This is a welcome recognition of all that Carrickfergus offers. This accolade highlights the skills of the local community and reflects the efforts of organisations such as the Carrickfergus Town Centre Partnership, which is chaired by my party colleague, Noel Williams, for the past two and

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