ALEX EASTON MLA CALLS FOR JOINT UP APPROACH OVET ALCOHOL RELATED CRIME.

Alex Easton calls for a strategy between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health to combat the scourge of alcohol related crime.

North Down MLA Alex Easton has welcomed support for a joint strategy between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health to combat the scourge of alcohol related crime in society.
The Assembly debated the issue and called on both Ministers to recognises the proven link between crime and the over consumption of alcohol.
Mr Easton said, “This is an issue which affects our society, health service, our justice system and the economy. It is a highly important topic and the importance of a joint strategy is critical to our society as a whole.
To the criminal justice system alone alcohol abuse is thought to cost up to £340 million, while £150...

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ALEX EASTON MLA DESCRIBES COUNCILS FREE WI FI COVERAGE IS APPALLING AND RUBBISH.

Alex Easton MLA has described the Councils free Wi Fi access as appalling and rubbish.

 

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA.

 

“This has got to be the worst free Wi Fi I have ever experienced, not only is it hard to access the vast majority of the time, it just does not work properly. What is the point of the Council providing a free Wi Fi service like this if shoppers and residents can’t avail of this service?”

” We live in a modern age were technology is important and people want access to the internet and quite frankly the current Wi Fi service provided for Bangor and Holywood is just not up to scratch and needs addressed by the Council...

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ALEX EASTON MLA CALLS FOR A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FOR THE BELFAST ROAD.

Alex Easton MLA has today called for a Pedestrian crossing for the Belfast Road after a woman was knocked down and seriously injured.

 

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“I am deeply upset to hear that this accident has happed to this lady, who I understand was seriously injured. What frustrates me about this whole affair it that I have repeatedly called on Transport NI to provide a Pedestrian crossing on the Belfast Road to give pedestrians a place of safety to cross. The Belfast Road is clearly not a safe place to cross with many residents crossing the road to walk into Bangor or to use the local garage and shops.”

“The Belfast road is probably one of the busiest roads we have in Bangor especially with traffic leaving and coming into Bangor...

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Alex Easton MLA welcomes the Kilcooley Women’s Centre successful bid to the Department for Communities (DfC) Community Halls Fund.

Alex Easton MLA also welcomed the announcement. ‘Having campaigned with the women’s centre team for several years for the improved service provision for children in Ards and North Down, I was delighted Minister Givan had awarded this much needed grant. The Minister had met with the Group and myself on a number of occasions to highlight the need for more investment in our Borough, and it is reassuring to see this lobbying is paying off. I look forward to coming back on completion of the works to see the tangible difference this will make on the ground in Kilcooley.

 

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Alex Easton calls for strategy between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health to combat the scourge of alcohol related crime

North Down MLA Alex Easton has welcomed support for a joint strategy between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health to combat the scourge of alcohol related crime in society.
Yesterday the Assembly debated the issue and called on both Ministers to recognise the proven link between crime and the overconsumption of alcohol.
Mr Easton said, “This is an issue which affects our society, health service, our justice system and the economy. It is a highly important topic and the importance of a joint strategy is critical to our society as a whole.
To the criminal justice system alone alcohol abuse is thought to cost up to £340 million, while £150 million is incurred by health treatments and the economy is hit with £900 million due to overconsumption of alcohol.
Alcohol can hav...

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35 BUSINESS SIGN PETITION FOR LOADING BAYS TO BE REMOVED.

Alex Easton MLA along with his colleague Councillor Daniel Allen have collected 35 businesses names on a Petition for the removal of TNIs Loading Bays from Bridge Street and Main Street Bangor.

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“I am pleased that 35 businesses have signed a petition calling for the loading bays to be removed from Bridge Street and Main Street in Bangor. This is affecting businesses in Main Street and Bridge Street and they have to go! I have arranged a meeting with the TNI Minister in January and I hope to present the petition from local businesses to the Minister and my colleague Councillor Daniel Allen is to present one to the Council...

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ALEX EASTON MLA SEEKS REASSURANCE ABOUT TNI BANGOR DEPOT SITE.

Alex Easton MLA seeks reassurances from the Infrastructure Minister that the TNI depot site is to stay in Bangor.

 

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

 

“I can see from the response to a NI Assembly Question that a feasibility study is being undertaken to consider the opportunities or otherwise to consolidate demand for Depots and Warehouses across central Government. While this is understandable I would have concerns that the Department may look to consolidate its Bangor TNI depot site in another location. We have seen recently Newtownards and further afield being chosen as the site for relocation of other facilities such as the PSNI Custody suit and GP Ward...

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ALEX EASTON MLA TELLS INFASTRUCTURE MINISTER YOUR TOO SLOW IN ADDRESSING LOADING BAY CONCERNS.

Alex Easton MLA tells Infrastructure Minister he is taking too long to address the Loading Bay Concerns and needs to do something now.

 

Alex Easton MLA said:

 

“I am disappointed in the Infrastructure minister’s response to the continuing debacle caused by these loading Bays at Bangor’s Main Street and Bridge Street. Waiting for a review in several months’ time is just far too long and he needs to act now. These bays are a disaster and instead of waiting for a review to be conducted by Transport NI is quite frankly going to result in more parking tickets, more lost trade and less on street parking. We need action now not in several months’ time and the Minister needs to get his finger out and sort this mess out as he is just not listening.”

 

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ALEX EASTON MLA CALLS FOR ACTION TO SAVE THE RED SQUIRRELS AT GLEN LYON HOLYWOOD.

Alex Easton MLA has called on urgent action to be taken by Council to help save the small red squirrel population at Glen Lyon, Holywood.

 

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

 

“It is vital that the Council take urgent action to preserve the red squirrel population at Glen Lyon, Holywood. I see from the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs answer to a recent NI Assembly Question that there have been eight local squirrel groups set up across Northern Ireland with one being situated at Mount Stewart. It would appear that there is a suggestion that this groups activity’s may have the potential to spread to North Down...

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ALEX EASTON MLA TO LAUNCH A PETITION FOR LOADING BAYS TO BE REMOVED.

Alex Easton MLA with his colleague Councillor Daniel Allen are to ask businesses in Main Street to sign a Petition for the removal of TNIs Loading Bays.

 

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

It has now come to light that in the matter of just over a month that 179 people have been giving parking tickets for parking in these loading bays. These loading bays are the worst decision that has been ever made for parking in Bangor and they have to go. Not only are vans ignoring the loading bays and still double parking there is a zeal being shown by the parking attendants to give people tickets. This is affecting businesses in Main Street and they have to go! I have arranged a meeting with the TNI Minister in January and I hope to present the petition from local businesses to the Minister then.

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