Armstrong concerned construction figures may indicate start of economic downturn

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said she is concerned recent figures revealing growth among Northern Ireland’s smaller construction firms has dipped could indicate the start of an economic downturn.Ms Armstrong was speaking as the Federation of Master Builders State of Trade survey showed the growth among the organisations slowed in the past quarter […]

NI Water needs to learn from its mistakes, says Armstrong

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong has said Northern Ireland Water needs to learn from its mistakes after it was fined £80,000 for pollution incidents.The company was hit with a £60,000 for two separate discharges from a sewage treatment works in Killinchy, County Down in 2017. It was also fined £20,000 for a fish kill near […]

Armstrong: We must heed warning signs over NI Water

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong has said the warning signs have been there, when it comes to the unfolding problems with how NI Water is funded. Kellie – who has previously raised concerns on these issues – said the latest report from NI Water only goes to prove that development in Northern Ireland is close […]

Armstrong says taxis in bus lanes decision inevitable with no Minister

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said the decision to defer an experimental scheme allowing private hire taxis in bus lanes was inevitable in the absence of a Minister. Ms Armstrong was speaking after the Department for Infrastructure confirmed it could not take the decision to go ahead with the scheme, saying it would […]

Armstrong says Department needs to change funding method following housing development ban

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said the Department for Infrastructure needs to change its method of funding NI Water, after new housing developments were banned in a Co Down village following its sewage system reaching capacity. NI Water said no more homes will be built in Saintfield, as the strain on its sewage system saw […]

Dickson expresses delight at Phoenix Natural Gas announcement for town

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed his delight at the announcement Phoenix Natural Gas is to extend its gas pipe network to Whitehead. The Utility Regulator has approved an application from Phoenix meaning the people of Whitehead will now be able to enjoy the benefits of natural gas as their neighbours in Carrickfergus […]

People urged to follow advice on using water by Armstrong

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has urged people to follow advice on using water wisely in the hot weather. Northern Ireland Water issued the guidance after recent high demand on the local water supply system in the wake of a recent increase in temperatures. Current demand is at 700 million litres a day, an […]

Armstrong welcomes Heathrow expansion plans

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has welcomed Parliament’s approval of a new runway for Heathrow Airport. Ms Armstrong was speaking after two-thirds of MPs voted in favour of the £14 billion expansion. “This issue has been a long-running one but Alliance has always vocally backed a third runway at Heathrow, recently writing to the […]

Armstrong Slams Johnson’s “Government by vanity project”

Alliance MLA for Strangford and infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong has slammed the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, after media reports suggesting he supports building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland appeared. Speaking after it was revealed the Foreign Secretary had indicated his support for the £15 billion bridge – a scheme which was the subject […]

Armstrong calls for consultation on broadband investment to be as extensive as possible

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has called on the Department of the Economy to ensure consultation for the tender for £150 million investment in high speed broadband to be as extensive as possible. The Department has indicated it will consult with businesses late summer and early September and then ask the public to identify […]