Revitalising town and city centres will help Lagan Valley recover after the pandemic, Alliance representatives in the constituency have said

Councillor Sorcha Eastwood and Councillor David Honeyford, who have recently been selected as the party’s representatives in the area, said businesses across Lagan Valley will need help rebuilding as society seeks to come out of the COVID crisis.   “Myself and Councillor Honeyford have been engaging with businesses and traders across Lagan Valley over the […]

Eastwood meets NIEA meeting over pollution in River Lagan

Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has met with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), after a recent pollution incident at the River Lagan in Dromore. Earlier this month the NIEA confirmed oil was entering the river from a drainage pipe further downstream, following a report to its hotline regarding a spill of a quantity of red […]

Council team secure NIEA investigation into odour problem

Lisburn and Castlereagh Alliance Councillors have secured a commitment from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency that further investigation into an odour problem linked to Mullaghglass Landfill site on the outskirts of Lisburn will now take place. Councillors Sorcha Eastwood, David Honeyford and Stephen Martin held the meeting recently in their latest drive to find a […]

It makes no sense to split Lisburn with COVID restrictions, says Eastwood

It makes no sense to split Lisburn in two over COVID-19 restrictions, Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has said. The Alliance representative was speaking after Health Minister Robin Swann confirmed half the city – under the postcode BT28 – would be subject to restrictions, but the other half – effectively the other side of the city’s […]

Northern Ireland’s youth are being denied opportunities, says Eastwood

Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has said a youth employment scheme is urgently needed in Northern Ireland, after young people across the rest of Great Britain start benefiting from similar schemes today. The Kickstart Scheme was announced by the Chancellor on July 8, allowing young people a chance at gaining work and experience, while young people […]

Local Government should link up with Executive to provide jobs and benefit advice, says Eastwood

Local Government should be linked up with Executive Departments to provide a one-stop shop for those seeking advice around jobs, benefits, reskilling and training opportunities, Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has said. Councillor Eastwood was speaking after meeting with officials from the Department for Communities, alongside party colleague Kellie Armstrong MLA. She said a wraparound service […]

Apprenticeship Week opportunity to gain skills, says Eastwood

Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has said Apprenticeship Week 2020 provides an excellent opportunity for people to gain invaluable skills and experience. Councillor Eastwood was speaking as events took place across Northern Ireland for the week, which runs until this Friday (February 7). She said it was a chance to help drive economic growth here. “Apprenticeships […]

Request to light up Council offices defeated

At the last meeting of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, (28 January), a DUP member requested that the Lagan Valley Island centre be lit up on 31st January to celebrate the UK leaving the EU. Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood spoke against the request, saying it was disappointing that the building be politicised and that the […]