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.
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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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ALEX EASTON MLA EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT AS TNI WON’T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POINT GROOMSPORT.

Alex Easton MLA has today expressed disappointment with the Department of Infrastructure for failing to take responsibility for The Point in Groomsport.

 

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

 

“I am very disappointed by the response to my NI Assembly Question that I have submitted asking for the Minister to get TNI to adopt the road at The Point Groomsport. As everyone knows this road while not adopted at present is widely used by the public to assess the coastal path from Groomsport to Bangor. I believe the road way is unsuitable and is in a poor state.I feel it is totally unreasonable and unacceptable for the Ministers Department to expect the residents to have to try and find the money to make this into a proper road before TNI will adopt it...

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ALEX EASTON MLA THANKS LOCAL POSTMEN AND WOMEN AS THEY DELIVER A FIRST CLASS CHRISTMAS

Alex Easton MLA for North Down, has visited Bangor Delivery Office to thank local postmen and women for their hard work during Royal Mail’s busiest period

  • This year Royal Mail has been celebrating its 500th anniversary, with this festive period marking half a millennium of delivering Christmas cards and parcels
  • The last recommended posting dates for Christmas are: Second Class – Tuesday 20 December, First Class- Wednesday 21 December and Special Delivery – Thursday 22 December

Alex Easton MLA for North Down, has visited Bangor Delivery Office to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on season’s greetings to its hardworking staff.

Mr Easton were shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, David Lowans, and was introduced to the postmen and wom...

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ALEX EASTON MLA APPALLED AT IRA SLOGANS AT PICKIE FUN PARK

Alex Easton MLA is deeply appalled and angered as two IRA slogans are written on residential walls near Pickie Fun Park.

 

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

 

“I am deeply appalled and angry that some immature and irresponsible person would want to spray IRA Slogans on any wall in North Down, and to do it so near to a Public site such as Pickie Fun Park makes this even worse. In the whole time that I have lived in North Down I have never witnessed Graffiti with IRA slogans ever being written and I am deeply annoyed to come across this. Not only is this unwanted and sad it also costs the Rate Payers money to remove. I will contact the Council to see what can be done to remove this as soon as possible, as we don’t want this sort of nonsense in North Down...

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ALEX EASTON MLA SHOCKED AS NO INTEREST IS SHOWN IN PLANTING TREES FOR NORTH DOWN.

Alex Easton MLA has expressed shock at the complete lack of interest shown in planting trees in North Down.

 

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“I find it incredible that not one expression of interest for the whole of North Down has been shown to try and increase the tree population under the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Forest Expansion Scheme. Surely some statutory body such at the Council, or Hosing Executive could have looked at this with the land they have and see where we could have increased the tree population across north Down...

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