Crossing for Hart Memorial

JONES WELCOMES NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ANNOUNCED FOR HART MEMORIAL SCHOOL
After vigorous lobbying over a period of years by UKIP Cllr David Jones we are please to learn a puffin crossing is to be installed in January at the pedestrian entrance to the Hart Memorial School in Portadown.

Commented Cllr Jones, “I am delighted to have received this information. It has always been a great concern of mine that Primary school children did not have a crossing at such a busy road at school times. Hopefully there will not be too much disruption while the work takes place but it will be worth it to protect young lives. I thank those at TransportNI who have facilitated this crossing. It is a good news story leading up to Christmas.”

The school lost its crossing patrol person in 2006 and has been without one since.
Cllr Jones has been at the forefront of a campaign, assisted by the Portadown Times, to have a crossing provided.

Said Cllr Jones, “I simply could never Square the circle where a crossing patrol person was provided for your adults at Portadown College and yet the Education Board could not find resources to provide one at the Hart Memorial Primary. I am glad the problem will now be resolved with a permanent puffin crossing.”

UKIP – Working for the People

The EU is trying to drive people out of their cars

UKIP Northern Ireland
UKIP Northern Ireland

UKIP transport spokesman Jill Seymour has accused the European Union of trying to drive British people out of their cars with their quest to clamp down on vehicle emissions.

The West Midlands MEP was speaking at the European parliament in Strasbourg during a debate on a new report into the EU’s strategy for low-emission mobility.

“This report is all well and good if it continues to allow citizens the freedom to choose how they travel,” she said.

“It was after the 1997 Kyoto agreement that our then Chancellor Gordon Brown announced that diesel cars should attract less vehicle tax than their petrol equivalent because of their better CO2 performance.

“Then, in 2001, Mr Brown reduced vehicle tax on cars with low CO2 – this was a major change to encourage the public to buy diesel cars. Yet now we are increasingly seeing dramatic change to what forms of transport we are to use.”

Mrs Seymour said the report was seeking to ‘comprehensively reduce the attractiveness of private forms of transport’ with a policy that it’s the polluter that pays.

“In other words, the EU are driving us out of our cars.”

She added: “What I do find positive is a move towards zero emissions based on consumer choice. I stress, consumer choice.

“What I don’t find helpful, however, is the kneejerk solutions that punish the driver before any proper infrastructure is in place.”

Mrs Seymour said it was clear that electric vehicles are becoming much more efficient and user friendly, but many people lack the money to change their cars.

“Just as citizens need time to prepare, so does the manufacturing industry. They still have forecourts full of petrol and diesel cars. Encouraging the development of hybrids will help aid the transition.

“UK based Jaguar-Land Rover is one company, like others, who have recognised the need to change and they should be commended on their projects. They are reducing nitrogen oxide and particles which are harmful.

“It is wrong for the EU to force a change though financial penalties, dividing those who can afford and those who can´t.

“Whilst some parts of this report are moving in the right direction, it will be up to the UK government, and they alone, to set the standards, once we gain our independence in 2019.”

Portadown About to Lose another Facility

UKIP Northern IrelandAt UKIP we are very disappointed to learn, though not surprised, that planning permission has been given for a new leisure centre at the lakes in Craigavon.

We have consistently expressed our opposition to this move as it will mean the loss of these facilities in both Portadown and Lurgan, two towns that have higher populations than Armagh and Banbridge with leisure centres.

For those who believe the hype presented by the Council the new centre will not be as big as at first thought. The monies used to build the centre could have been used to rebuild and bring up to standard the existing leisure centres which for years have been purposefully neglected by Craigavon and latterly ABC Council.

Although the original decision to build a new leisure centre was made by Craigavon Borough Council we believe the new Council did not exercise due diligence on this issue on coming into being and blindly followed on a previous decision which has become flawed.

Portadown rate payers will continue to pay the same level of rates as Armagh and Banbridge. To add insult to injury the plan is to sell off for housing the present leisure centre site in Portadown. In effect Portadown residents will be subsidising other leisure centre refurbishments such as the work planned for Armagh leisure centre.

So there you have it. While UKIP Councillor David Jones is working with others to try and improve Portadown town centre and bring in more trade and foot fall the Council aided by some local Councillors is taking away amenities valuable to local residents.

We do not think that is fair!

COBURN: The Tories Cannot Be Trusted On Brexit

UKIP Northern Ireland
UKIP Northern Ireland

On Saturday afternoon, UKIP Northern Ireland held its AGM and Conference in Belfast. The theme of the event was UKIP for the Union.The keynote speaker was David Coburn, MEP for Scotland.

David Coburn MEP said: “It is more obvious now than it has ever been that the Conservatives can no longer be trusted when it comes to the Union. UKIP is now the only party committed to a complete withdrawal from the EU and single market as soon as possible. UKIP is also the one true party of the union with branches, elected representatives and activists in all corners of it.

“What happened last week was a disgrace. There should never have been any talk of hurdles being introduced that would separate Northern Ireland in any way from the rest of the UK. We joined the common market together as one United Kingdom, and we voted to leave the EU together as one United Kingdom.

“Mr. Varadkar and the Government of the Irish Republic should not have attempted to exploit our exit from the European Union for their own ends or to achieve the fantasy of a United Ireland. By joining the European Union in publicly interfering in internal UK matters; they acted contrary to U.N. Resolution 25/26-25 which states that “no state may encourage the use of economic, political or any other measures to coerce another state – in order to attain from it, the subordination of the exercise of its sovereign rights – and to secure from it advantages of any kind.”

“Last weeks events damaged British / Irish relations. Nevertheless, I believe that a workable, sensible free trade relationship should be able to continue with good will and common sense on all sides.”

 Mr. Coburn continued: “There is nothing in the treaties about us paying £40 Million to leave the EU. In fact, we should not be paying one penny to leave the EU. The Government and its allies should be telling the EU that, not bowing to every demand.

“We, the British people could not have gotten a worse deal than what the Government has managed to bring back to us: 17.4 Million people, including 350,000 here voted to leave to take back control of laws, land and fishing waters. The so-called ‘negotiation process’ they’ve witnessed to date has been a complete and utter farce.”

“I now see as a direct result of that; a re-alignment of politics in the right in the UK. The Conservatives are no longer fit for purpose. They are no longer the party of the Union. They aren’t the party of decent, hard working people. They’re the party of big business and corporate interests.

“There is an opportunity for a libertarian, free market, pro union party of the people to stand up and fill that vacuum. This is UKIP’s opportunity. We’ve had some bad times as a party, but as I stand here in Belfast, I can see it with those in attendance today; this is a party that has a lot to offer here; offering a non-sectarian, UK wide alternative. The old parties locally and nationally are wedded to the system and they are part of the problem.

“This is a new era for UKIP under a new leader. There is a fresh opportunity for our party- (specifically with the proportional voting systems in our respective parts of the UK) and we will work together; Scotland and Northern Ireland and right across the nation – for the people. It’s clear that we are the true party of the United Kingdom and it is clear that locally and nationally; rather than being done; our journey has just begun.”

 

 

UKIP for the Union Campaign #UKIPForTheUnion

UKIP Northern IrelandMotion:  UKIP FOR THE UNION CAMPAIGN

Proposed by Jonny Lavery (Belfast)

Seconded by Keith Lonsdale (Belfast)

We note the actions of the British Prime Minister and her party in the last week, the reactions to it and how this episode has proven that now more than ever,  we need to stand together to counter the rhetoric of those who would seek to divide the United Kingdom.


To that end, we propose that as a party; we do all that we can here in Northern Ireland and across the UK to protect and enhance the Union and uphold its principles and values.  


By working side by side with our friends and colleagues in Scotland, England and Wales; we will campaign as the party for the union. The #UKIPForTheUnion campaign should begin now.


Motion passed unanimously.

UKIP Northern Ireland AGM 2017

On Saturday afternoon, UKIP Northern Ireland held its AGM and Conference in Belfast. The theme of the event was UKIP for the Union.

 

The keynote speaker was David Coburn, MEP for Scotland.

 

Addressing members and supporters, David Coburn MEP said:

 

 

“It is more obvious now than it has ever been that the Conservatives can no longer be trusted when it comes to the Union. UKIP is now the only party committed to a complete withdrawal from the EU and single market as soon as possible. UKIP is also the one true party of the union with branches, elected representatives and activists in all corners of it. 

 

“What happened last week was a disgrace. There should never have been any talk of hurdles being introduced that would separate Northern Ireland in any way from the rest of the UK. We joined the common market together as one United Kingdom, and we voted to leave the EU together as one United Kingdom. 

 

“Mr. Varadkar and the Government of the Irish Republic should not have attempted to exploit our exit from the European Union for their own ends or to achieve the fantasy of a United Ireland. By joining the European Union in publicly interfering in internal UK matters; they acted contrary to U.N. Resolution 25/26-25 which states that “no state may encourage the use of economic, political or any other measures to coerce another state – in order to attain from it, the subordination of the exercise of its sovereign rights – and to secure from it advantages of any kind.”

 

“Last weeks events damaged British / Irish relations. Nevertheless, I believe that a workable, sensible free trade relationship should be able to continue with good will and common sense on all sides.”

 

Mr. Coburn continued:

 

“There is nothing in the treaties about us paying £40 Million to leave the EU. In fact, we should not be paying one penny to leave the EU. The Government and its allies should be telling the EU that, not bowing to every demand.

 

“We, the British people could not have gotten a worse deal than what the Government has managed to bring back to us: 17.4 Million people, including 350,000 here voted to leave to take back control of laws, land and fishing waters. The so-called ‘negotiation process’ they’ve witnessed to date has been a complete and utter farce.”

 

“I now see as a direct result of that; a re-alignment of politics in the right in the UK. The Conservatives are no longer fit for purpose. They are no longer the party of the Union. They aren’t the party of decent, hard working people. They’re the party of big business and corporate interests. 

 

“There is an opportunity for a libertarian, free market, pro union party of the people to stand up and fill that vacuum. This is UKIP’s opportunity. We’ve had some bad times as a party, but as I stand here in Belfast, I can see it with those in attendance today; this is a party that has a lot to offer here; offering a non-sectarian, UK wide alternative. The old parties locally and nationally are wedded to the system and they are part of the problem. 

 

“This is a new era for UKIP under a new leader. There is a fresh opportunity for our party-  (specifically with the proportional voting systems in our respective parts of the UK) and we will work together; Scotland and Northern Ireland and right across the nation – for the people. It’s  clear that we are the true party of the United Kingdom and it is clear that locally and nationally; rather than being done; our journey has just begun.”

 

 

Notes:

 

The new Northern Ireland Regional committee was duly constituted and elected, representing each local branch. Its officers will be ratified at its inaugural  meeting.

 

The UKIP NI Regional Controller is Paul D. Girvan and the NI Press & Communications Manager is John Montgomery. 

 

*Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP will be here in Belfast early in the new year.