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A busy Marine Highway Play Park 24 August 15-min

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, is calling for the installation of comprehensive CCTV systems throughout the former Carrickfergus and Larne Council areas to match those in Ballymena, and in order to help curtail the senseless damage being perpetrated on facilities such as the Marine Highway Play Park in Carrickfergus.

Mr Dickson made his call following the damage inflicted by mindless vandals last week on the popular children’s facility.

He went on to say:  “My colleagues on Carrickfergus Council attempted to have cameras installed a couple of years ago, but could not get the backing of other councillors.

“The installations do not have to be monitored 24/7 but could be used to extract the evidence following such an event, thereby bringing the culprits to justice.  Once word gets round that evidence can be captured and criminals brought to book this type of senseless wanton destruction would vastly reduce or be totally eliminated.

“Ballymena has a CCTV system and a monitoring facility into which the systems for Larne and Carrickfergus could be integrated and potentially monitored 27/7.  The new council must not repeat the failure of Carrickfergus Council to protect the town’s assets.  It ought to act now by taking proactive steps to defend our landmark facilities so that rate payers, and our children, can enjoy safe and well maintained facilities.

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East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, and his Alliance Party colleague, Alderman Tom Campbell, have warmly welcomed Antrim and Newtownabbey Planning Committee’s refusal to grant planning permission for 600 new homes on the former UUJ site.

At a meeting on Monday evening, the Council Planning Committee decided to accept the planning officials’ recommendation and reject the proposal.

Commenting on the decision, Stewart Dickson said: “I am delighted the Planning Committee has made the right decision here, and avoided irreparable damage to the Jordanstown area for years to come. This development would have overwhelmed the local community, with a massive influx of new residents putting extreme pressure on local infrastructure and services. This is a victory for common sense and the people of Jordanstown, and furthermore demonstrates how local planning responsibility can be effectively managed at council level.”

Mr Dickson continued: “Rather than threatening court action, it is now time for the University to go back to the drawing board and consult with the local community to produce a sustainable, positive and well-designed housing development of a much lower density than their current plans.”

Alderman Tom Campbell expressed his joy at the decision, but dismay at the actions of the applicants: “The University did not help its case by issuing a letter to planning committee members threatening legal action against the Council if they did not agree to reject the professional planners’ recommendation, which was to refuse permission.

“In other words, this was highly threatening and unnecessary, and it suggested some desperation on the applicant’s part that it would ask for a fair assessment of its application,n but that if it was rejected, terrible legal consequences would follow against those involved. After having failed to consult the local community, and either ignoring or threatening its representatives, the University has behaved like a bull in a china shop.”

The applicants are expected to appeal, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

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East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, joined Carrick Foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff to support their Fund Raising Day at the Carrick store.

Stewart Dickson said:  “I am a great supporter of this charity and the Trussell Trust, which provides support and three days’ emergency food to more than one million people, including 400,000 children.

“It was tremendous to see such a big Foodbank Team at Tesco and observe Tesco customers giving so generously.  I was delighted to discuss the ethos of Foodbanks with Tesco staff; Daryl Lochrin (Acting Manager), Anne Ritchie (Community Champion) and Janet Douglas (Customer Experience Manager) together with Foodbank volunteers: Sammie Bremner, Gwen Smyth, John Sinclair, Joanna Lesslie and Alex Moore.  Where would we be without those who are willing to give freely of their time to assist those who are in dire need?

“Should anyone have a genuine need for the services of the Carrickfergus Foodbank they can access the service through my Constituency Office on 028 9335 0286”.

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