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Results 1–20 of 226 for speaker:Brian Wilson

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: Final Stage (23 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I declare an interest as a member of North Down Borough Council who has been involved in very many planning applications. The Bill is obviously one of the most important to have come before the Assembly. However, I am concerned about its impact over the next decades and about its late introduction in the House. The present system is clearly unacceptable, and no one — developers,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Local Government (Disqualification) Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I thank the Member for his intervention, but that is not my point. I was trying to make the point that MLAs would be the only people who could not become councillors. Everybody else could, and that discriminates against MLAs. Some people have argued that MLAs cannot do both jobs efficiently, but there is no evidence to support that. There is great public hostility to the principle of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Local Government (Disqualification) Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I am very much aware of that, and I certainly support it. It should be introduced. There is no evidence to support the argument that the Bill would attract a large number of new people and new blood into the Assembly or perhaps councils. Three female Members have left the Assembly and have been replaced by males. If you want to increase the number of females involved in the political process,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Local Government (Disqualification) Bill: Final Stage (9 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I declare an interest as a member of North Down Borough Council in addition to my role as an MLA. I assure the House that I will not stand for election to the Assembly in May, but I hope to return to the council. In fact, I am in demob mode, and I am looking forward to leaving the Assembly. I first fought a Stormont election 45 years ago, when I was working for David Bleakley against Roy...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I sympathise with the Minister on having to delivering this Budget. I have no doubt that he is aware of the negative impact that it will have on the Northern Ireland economy. I am sure that he recognises that the Westminster cuts agenda is ideologically driven and economically illiterate and will have a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable people in Northern Ireland. The Minister...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: Consideration Stage (8 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I will deal first with third-party appeals. In my election campaign, I said that, if I was elected to the Assembly, I would promote third-party appeals. Therefore, I welcome this amendment. However, I now see that, because of the petition of concern, my vote on the issue becomes irrelevant. Not only is my vote irrelevant, but the people who voted for me who wanted to introduce third-party...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: Consideration Stage (8 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I thank the Member for his intervention. I was going to make the point that that would not apply when planning powers are given to councils. Nevertheless, it still does not resolve the problem of local residents being totally opposed to it. Members suggested that the problem could be resolved by front-loading the system and by pre-consultations. That is only partly true, because most...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: Consideration Stage (8 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I did not suggest that at all, but people there seems to be happier with their planning system, although I will not go into that, because if you scrutinise other aspects of the planning system there, you will find problems. However, as far as the Planning Appeals Commission and third-party appeals are concerned, the part of the system that deals with such matters there seems to work OK. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: Consideration Stage (8 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I begin by paying tribute to the Committee Clerk, the Committee staff and the departmental officials for all the work that they put into getting the Bill to this stage. The Committee received this massive Bill in December, and I shared other Members’ concerns about the speed with which it was being processed. Without the exceptional efforts made by the staff, the Bill would not have reached...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: High Hedges Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: If people tell a council that they have a problem, the council should keep a record of it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: High Hedges Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: People go to councils already. I am aware of people coming to North Down Borough Council with a problem and the council saying that it can do nothing about it. With the passing of the High Hedges Bill, people will become much more aware of the legislation. They will ask a council whether a particular problem is covered by the high hedges legislation, and the council will have a record. There...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: High Hedges Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I welcome the amendment. High hedges and trees have been a major issue in my constituency. As a member of North Down Borough Council, I have dealt with many such cases over the past 30 years. Indeed, I was involved in drawing up a number of my constituents’ responses to Lord Rooker’s consultation, and I know for a fact that some of the respondents were referring to high trees rather than...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: High Hedges Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I accept the Member’s point, but I do not agree with it. The Assembly is giving a lot of time to discussion of this legislation. I doubt whether the next Assembly will revisit the issue unless there is an obligation in existing legislation. I am not sure where we are going. I would prefer to deal with the issues of light and the amenity of a garden. Discussing roots and so on makes it a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Final Stage (1 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: Very much so. Thank you for the intervention. The Bill will protect biodiversity, enhance conservation and prevent unnecessary suffering of animals. So, I welcome the Bill.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Final Stage (1 Mar 2011)

Brian Wilson: I welcome the Bill, which is long overdue. It is time that we had an update to the protection of wildlife. As the Chairperson said, perhaps it does not go far enough. Neverthe­less, there is much in the legislation to welcome. It is important that the Bill will introduce a statutory duty on government and public bodies to take action to conserve biodiversity. In particular, I am pleased with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Single Use Plastic Bags Bill: Second Stage (28 Feb 2011)

Brian Wilson: I totally agree. Like everybody else here, I have been lobbied by small shopkeepers —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Single Use Plastic Bags Bill: Second Stage (28 Feb 2011)

Brian Wilson: Thank you for your intervention. I am coming from the perspective of the levy not being a revenue raiser. I want people to change their behaviour so that it will be phased out in the longer term. However, we have to be realistic; it will not disappear overnight. In the short term, it will raise money that can be used for the green new deal. I am very supportive of that. I find the opposition...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Single Use Plastic Bags Bill: Second Stage (28 Feb 2011)

Brian Wilson: The Green Party has supported a levy on plastic bags for many years and I, therefore, welcome the Bill. I support it not on economic grounds — although something like £4·7 million for the green new deal, to which other Members referred, would be welcome — but on environmental grounds. Indeed, as far as I am concerned, the ultimate success of this legislation would be if plastic bags...


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