Muir urges Department to act quickly on tackling MOT backlog

Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has urged the Department for Infrastructure to act swiftly and extend the reminder letter notification period for those awaiting their MOTs. Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon recently said the Driver Vehicle Agency will be considering the move at the end of February, ‘on the assumption the COVID pandemic will have reached a […]

Planning review a massive missed opportunity, says Muir

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said the recently published review into Northern Ireland’s planning system is a massive missed opportunity. The North Down MLA added the Infrastructure Minister should re-consider her decision not to pursue numerous key changes recommended by many who responded to the consultation. The report on the review of the […]

Monitoring round further proof of need for Infrastructure Commission, says Muir

The latest Executive monitoring round is further proof of the need for an Infrastructure Commission, Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. Mr Muir was speaking after Finance Minister Conor Murphy announced the latest allocation of money to Departments. While the Department for Infrastructure received over £68 million, Mr Muir said £35.9 million of […]

Residents ‘outraged’ at damage caused to wildlife, says Bradshaw

Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has condemned the destruction of natural habitats along the Lagan near Stranmillis Weir and called for a funded implementation plan to assist restoration. Last week, as part of flood alleviation work, the Department for Infrastructure removed hedgerows and trees that were previously home to a variety of wildlife. “Local […]

Active travel opportunities must be enhanced and promoted, says McAllister

North Belfast’s cycling infrastructure remains seriously underdeveloped, Alliance Councillor Nuala McAllister has said, as she called on Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon to implement plans that will actually make a difference. Nuala – the Alliance Party’s active travel spokesperson – said the problems are so bad that there is no way to safely access the city […]

A Green New Deal will tackle rising energy costs, says Donnelly

Retrofitting all social housing and giving grants to retrofit private homes with energy efficiency measures would be a major step towards helping people get through the current crisis of rising energy costs, Alliance’s Danny Donnelly has said. Danny, who was recently appointed the party’s Biodiversity and Green Energy spokesperson, said Alliance’s Green New Deal plan, […]

Local projects could benefit from money intended for ‘Boris bridge,’ says Muir, after report confirms costs impossible to justify

A number of local infrastructure projects could benefit from the money intended for a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said, after a Government-commissioned report said the costs would be impossible to justify. The official report by Sir Peter Hendy said the cost of building a bridge could be as […]

Muir calls for urgent action by Infrastructure Minister to secure finances of key public services

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called on the Infrastructure Minister to urgently attend a meeting of the Assembly Infrastructure Committee to outline her plans to secure the future of key public services such as NI Water and Translink. Mr Muir made the call after the Minister recently wrote to the Committee detailing the […]

Wastewater and Sewerage Capacity reaches crises point in NI

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has highlighted the need for urgent action on wastewater and sewerage capacity in Northern Ireland, describing the current situation as “reaching crisis point”. Mr Muir was speaking after the Assembly backed a motion calling on the Minister for Infrastructure to bring forward a new strategy to enhance and expand […]

Shambles of electric vehicle charging network forcing people to go back to petrol and diesel, says Muir

The “shambles” of the electric vehicle charging network in Northern Ireland is forcing people to go back to petrol and diesel cars, Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. The North Down MLA was speaking after contacting the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which maintains the network here. It followed complaints from constituents, who having […]