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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Planning Guidance: Impact on Rural Communities (19 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: First of all, I thank the Members who proposed the motion and everyone who has contributed to today's debate. Planning and the specific issue of development in the countryside has been and continues to be — as we heard today — the subject of healthy debate and discussion. Engagement on this planning issue, and on planning generally, is to be encouraged, and I very much welcome today's...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matters of the Day: Sir David Amess MP (18 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank Paul Givan for tabling the Matter of the Day. I did not know Sir David Amess, but I express my condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and constituents. The character of the man is clear when we look at the tributes from across the political spectrum. This morning, I spoke to Mark Durkan, who knew him, and he said that he was a man of great kindness who cared deeply and had...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Dr Michael Watt (11 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: "Devastated", "betrayed" and "gut-wrenching": just some of the words used by Michael Watt's patients to describe their reaction when it was revealed last week that the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) had allowed Dr Watt's voluntary application to be removed from the medical register. That action ensured, yet again, that Michael Watt, the doctor at the heart of the biggest...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Greenway and Active Travel Infrastructure Provision: North Antrim (5 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I say to Mr Allister that I do not refuse outright to have meetings. I understand that discussions are being held between Translink, the school and my officials, and, rather than having a meeting at this stage, it is important to let that engagement take place and to monitor the impact of the scheme. I am conscious of time, so I will not rehearse the points, but we have a number of live...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Greenway and Active Travel Infrastructure Provision: North Antrim (5 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: Thank you, Mr Speaker. First, I thank Mr McGuigan for securing the debate on greenways and active travel infrastructure provision in North Antrim. I add my congratulations to those offered by other Members to our local athletes. They are inspirational and wonderful role models, particularly for our younger people. One of my key ambitions as Minister is to put in place measures that will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Waste Water and Sewerage Capacity Crisis (5 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the three Members, including the Chair and the Deputy Chair of the Committee for Infrastructure, for tabling the motion on the crisis in waste water and sewerage capacity. As Mr Buckley pointed out and many Members reiterated, it is a very important issue that affects all of us. I have listened carefully to the views that Members expressed. The significance of the issue is reflected...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Waste Water and Sewerage Capacity Crisis (5 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I assure the Member that, in my remit as Minister for Infrastructure, I have identified that that is an issue of strategic importance. I have done so not solely by way of offering platitudes but by following through in making bids to the Executive and allocating sufficient funding for this financial year. This is the first time in a long time that that has happened. Earlier this year, as part...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Suicide Prevention: Protective Infrastructure (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the Member. She is absolutely right. Individually, as Ministers, and, collectively, as an Executive and a society, we need to take ownership of the issue. I very much value my role on the Executive working group on mental well-being, resilience and suicide prevention. I can confirm that, in the feasibility study, we looked to identify which bridge was best-placed to initiate this. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: MOT Centres: Walk-in Bookings (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the Member for his question and am glad that his particular issue was resolved. We closed over-the-counter services in line with public health advice. People can make applications online. If they have difficulties accessing the service digitally, they can contact the call centre. I am very keen to deliver services that are closer to communities. My Department is progressing work with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Planning: Rural Communities (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the Member for his question. I want to make sure that we support our rural communities and ensure that they are vibrant places to live. I stress that the PAN does not change planning policy. As I have said, it is intended to assist councils, as planning authorities in their own right, to give their assessment of what material weight is to be afforded to planning considerations....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Planning: Rural Communities (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the Member for his question. As I said, it is up to councils, as planning authorities in their own right, to determine the relevance of material planning considerations. The Member asked about the consultation that took place. Since the publication of the SPPS, the Department issued a call for evidence in March 2016 to help inform the scope of a potential review of strategic planning...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Trailers/Caravans: Towing Rules (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I am aware that GB is introducing changes to class B and E trailer tests to help the sector tackle the lorry driver shortage. My Department had no knowledge of the change prior to the public announcement. The implications of the changes for road safety will need further consideration, but I want to point out that testing is not seen as a significant reason for HGV driver shortages here. A...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Trailers/Caravans: Towing Rules (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: My understanding is that, if they complete that test in GB and come over here, it should be fine, but, of course, given the seriousness of the issue, I will double-check that with officials and confirm the answer in writing to the Member.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Comber Greenway: Lighting (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: The public consultation closed on 30 September. Its purpose was to gather views and comments on whether lighting should be provided on the Comber greenway and, if so, whether it should be installed on the entire route. We received 1,700 responses. Officials are working through the feedback, and the outcome of the consultation will guide not only whether we light the Comber greenway on a pilot...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Comber Greenway: Lighting (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the Member for her question and the tenuous link that was creatively provided. I have invested significantly in the provision of park-and-rides, and we are taking forward a number of schemes. Dundonald presents difficulties because of the challenges of land availability. My officials continue to work to identify our options to relieve the pressure on that site. We need to encourage as...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: All-island Strategic Rail Review (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the Member for her question. I recently met Minister Eamon Ryan and the consultants who are taking the work forward. The purpose of the all-island strategic rail review is to look at our existing rail network to see where it can be improved. That is a particular issue in the north-west. It will also look to identify the potential for new rail links, so that we better connect...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: All-island Strategic Rail Review (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the Member for her question. When I took up the post, I said that I was committed to tackling regional imbalance and better connecting communities, particularly in the north-west. As anyone who looks at the rail map knows, it speaks volumes about the lack of investment and connectivity. My officials continue to work at pace on this. We are linking with Into the West, which has been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Glider Scheme: Phase 2 (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: I thank the Member for her question. The public consultation on phase 2 of the Glider scheme closes today, so there still is time and opportunity for Members to feed into that consultation if they have not already done so. My officials will work through the feedback and will bring to me a submission identifying the best routes. I reassure people that this is not a predetermined outcome. The...


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