Alliance works to protect local green space

Alliance activist Micky Murray has secured assurances from the Department for Infrastructure that it will move to protect a local space currently being used as an unofficial car park by commuters. The site on Stranmillis Embankment had recently been the focus of a community clean up, only for commuters to move in with little thought […]

Alliance Infrastructure Spokesperson disappointed A5 is not to proceed

Alliance Infrastructure Spokesperson, Kellie Armstrong MLA, has said she will be seeking urgent clarification as to why the Department has decided not to defend a legal challenge that lead to Mr Justice McCloskey making the order to quash the original approval for the A5. Questioning what’s next for the West, Kellie said “the A5 is […]

Dickson to seek urgent meetings after power station news

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson is to seek urgent meetings with the owners of Kilroot and Ballylumford power stations after restructuring was announced at the locations.It is understood the majority of jobs at the plants will be saved but up to 80 redundancies will take place. Owners AES will keep Kilroot open for at […]

Armstrong calls for clarity after contract for York Street Interchange collapses

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has called for the Department for Infrastructure to clarify what’s next for the York Street Interchange project after a judge confirmed the contract awarded for it is to be set aside. With around 100,000 vehicles using the junction every day, it would have been one of the largest infrastructure […]

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 […]