Muir raises concerns over the impact of DVA pressures

Alliance Infrastructure Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said he is “deeply concerned” at impact Covid-19 is having on the DVA, after figures revealed the organisation had suffered multi-million pound losses and confirmation that vehicle testing capacity is at only 30 percent of pre-pandemic levels. A Northern Ireland Audit Office report found that after MOT testing […]

Dickson welcomes confirmation over Clean Air Strategy consultation

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has welcomed confirmation from the Environment Minister a public consultation on a Clean Air Strategy would be launched shortly. East Antrim MLA Mr Dickson was speaking after receiving a reply from Edwin Poots on his plans for such a strategy for Northern Ireland. The Minister stated his Department has been working […]

Time for reform of how major capital projects are delivered, says Muir

It is time for reform of how major capital projects are delivered in Northern Ireland, Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said, after the publication of the Assembly Public Accounts Committee’s report into the issue. The PAC report follows a review by the Audit Office in December, which found £700 million of overspend and […]

Muir terms response times for planning applications as ‘woeful’

Alliance Infrastructure Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA described as “totally unacceptable” the news that last year only 31 percent of DFI Rivers responses to planning applications were on time. Statutory Consultees are required to respond to planning application consultations within 21 days. In response to a question from Mr Muir, the Department for Infrastructure (DFI) revealed […]

Alliance urges inclusion of North Down Schools in next 20mph scheme

North Down Alliance representatives have called upon the Minister for Infrastructure to include North Down Schools within any further scheme of part time 20 mph speed restrictions outside Schools, after not a single location was selected for introduction of the much needed measures in the North Down area. Commenting on the issue, North Down Alliance […]

Muir: MOT booking system must be able to handle mass bookings

Alliance MLA and Party Infrastructure Spokesperson Andrew Muir has raised concerns the numbers trying to book an MOT when the system opens later this month could cause the system to overload and fail alongside concerns that insufficient slots will be available, leaving motorists unable to legally drive their car. Speaking after he addressed the issue […]

Planning legislation review should be started without delay, says Muir

A review into planning legislation should be started without delay, Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. The North Down MLA was speaking after the Assembly’s Infrastructure Committee discussed the terms of the review, which was scheduled to start in 2018 and is expected to conclude by March 2021. Mr Muir said he hoped […]

Greenway announcement another major step towards achieving local benefits, says Ferguson

Announcement of half the funding for a local greenway is another major step towards achieving huge benefits for the community here, Alliance Councillor Rachael Ferguson has said. Councillor Ferguson was speaking after a multi-million-pound funding package was announced to develop a number of greenway projects across Northern Ireland. Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon unveiled the £2.8 […]

Bradshaw welcomes funding for Belfast Greenway projects

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has welcomed a package of close to £1m funding for two Belfast Greenway projects announced by the Infrastructure Minister. The South Belfast MLA stated: “Naturally I am pleased to see the Lagan Gateway Greenway prioritised in this funding package, as that will provide a vital connection both for cyclists and […]