Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tackling Segregation

I have continued to challenge segregation in Northern Ireland in all its forms, most obviously in my role on the Education Committee.

I believe in shared schooling. The integrated model offers an excellent example of this, though it is not the only one. More and more schools across Lagan Valley are recognising the potential for working together more effectively – sharing facilities, broadening choice, and reducing bureaucracy.

Although I am under no illusions about the challenges we face, I also believe the devolved institutions should show leadership in promoting sharing and community relations. It is easy to talk about these, but far harder to deliver in practice and to make delivery obviously beneficial to all of you. I recognise that documents such as the ‘CSI Strategy’ may initially appear remote from people going about their day-to-day lives, but a proper approach to them at the top of government would be a clear demonstration to those working hard on community relations on the ground that their work is being taken seriously.

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Regenerating Lagan Valley’s economy

Trevor Lunn

Trevor Lunn MLA is working for you as the Alliance Party’s Enterprise Spokesperson

Since the last election, I have had the opportunity to take a deeper interest in the full range of Enterprise and Trade issues.

I have written to the Finance Minister concerning rates paid by retailers in Lisburn City Centre, which I still regard as punitive in hard times such as these.

I have also tabled numerous questions on how we may generate our own business more effectively. In particular, I have advocated more and better support for those starting up in business, new services for those wishing to export and bring more money into the local economy, and targeting a wider range of people to get involved in business in the first place.

As a former businessman myself, I appreciate the range of issues facing people trying to make a living in retail, in manufacturing and in their own start-ups. I want greater priority placed on support for these people, and in this support being much wider than just the occasional grant.

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Working for You in the Assembly

On your behalf I have raised issues to do with:

  • Promoting new jobs
  • Enhancing our health services
  • Improving our social care
  • Breaking the education gridlock
  • Dealing with the past
  • Tackling the costs of division
  • Reducing High Street rates
  • Opposing the Glenavy incinerator
  • Delivering on the Maze project
  • Pushing for faster planning
  • Making our roads safer
  • Providing social housing

I am happy to raise questions and issues on these and other matters on your behalf. Just write or call in!

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Trevor Lunn MLA

Trevor Lunn MLA

Trevor Lunn MLA
Lagan Valley
07968 154099

Trevor Lunn MLA is Assembly Member for Lagan Valley and the Alliance Party’s Deputy Chief Whip.

Prior to entering politics full-time, he ran his own Insurance Brokerage for 25 years.

At the Assembly, he has served on the Assembly’s Public Accounts and Regional Development Committees and currently serves on the Education Committee (since 2007) and as the Alliance Party’s Enterprise Spokesperson. He joined the Policing Board in 2011.

He was a member of Lisburn City Council from 2001 – 2011 and served as Mayor in 2006-7. First elected to the Assembly in 2007, he was re-elected with an increased vote in 2011.

His interests include church music, gardening and sport.

@BeattieDoug @ElaineYoung94 Don't blame us Doug, it's Frank Mitchell's fault😎

@Davy_SPB @allianceparty Open your mind man,the law applies no matter who is accused or victim.

@molloy1916 I hope to meet Simon Coveney with the Ballymurphy families tomorrow and there won't be much talk about… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

£50k secured to install Floodlights in the development of our new @GlenavyGAC training pitch! Massive thanks to Alp… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Trevor Lunn

So proud of Neil who graduated from the University of Westminster with an MSC in Building Information Management. pic.twitter.com/FJP6cIcRgp

Retweeted by Trevor Lunn

My favourite image of @realDonaldTrump. What reaction does it provoke from you? Printable comments only🤓 pic.twitter.com/dZqXw9UZ7F

After Grenfell we were assured that NI tower blocks were inspected and declared safe. There could have been a trage… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Thankfully fire controlled and residents being taken care of in local hall. Very fast response by emergency servic… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Well said Stephen and completely true. twitter.com/SteveDonnelly9…

Where is deaths sting, where grave thy victory? I triumph still if thou abide with me. Sung with such feeling by th… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Remembering with pride & gratitude today, my former colleagues who gave their lives in the service of our community… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Trevor Lunn

@SteveDonnelly95 Still if Clanalbogan (is that right) seeks city status it would need a cathedral so you're on the right track.

@SteveDonnelly95 Looks like you have taken holy orders.

@ttengineer @E5C4P3777 @goc1978 It may be but every time we take a step forward we seem to take two backward. There… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

@skydavidblevins Rev Cupples found the right words as did Rev Michael Davidson in his sermon. The whole occasion wa… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

WW1 County Wicklow memorial at Woodenbridge. All should remember, none should forget. pic.twitter.com/OQBZMFN2gb

Retweeted by Trevor Lunn

@TheBlowInView Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow. Few miles from Arklow. Beautiful spot.

WW1 County Wicklow memorial at Woodenbridge. All should remember, none should forget. pic.twitter.com/OQBZMFN2gb

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Ald Stephen Martin

Cllr Stephen Martin

Cllr Stephen Martin
Lisburn North
07706 526036

Stephen Martin is the Alliance Party councillor for Lisburn North. He previously represented Lisburn South in the old Lisburn City Council.

A solicitor by profession, Stephen is the Alliance Group Leader for our team on Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. He also acts as an advocate for youth, and volunteers as a Youth Leader. He is also on the Board of Governors of an integrated school.

Stephen runs surgeries at the Lagan Valley Association Office in Graham Gardens, Lisburn.

A former Chair of Alliance Youth and past member of Queen’s University Senate, Stephen was elected to Council to take over from Seamus Close in 2011.

 

Good to see @PSNILisCreagh warning display at junction of Belsize Road and Skyline Drive this evening doing just th… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Well done @LibrariesNI own Judith @BanbridgeLib twitter.com/marie_mndani/s…

Mayor Tim Morrow all set for the Lisburn Christmas tree switch on pic.twitter.com/gZEnGlBa3o

For residents with concerns or questions following last night's fire it's worth getting along to Kilmakee today to… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Couldn't agree more. @nihecommunity team were also exceptional keeping residents informed & sorting alternative ac… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Couldn't have asked for more from @NIFRSOFFICIAL - prompt actions helped managed distressing situation for residents twitter.com/NIFRSThompson/…

Thanks due to efforts of emergency services this evening in Seymour Hill. Frightening experience for all residents… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Great night celebrating @lisburnccc Mayor Tim Morrow's inaugural dinner pic.twitter.com/o6iFTXNSdS

Today is #AntiSlaveryDay2017 - victims pass us in the street, live in our community & you would never know.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Well said Mr Mayor twitter.com/lisburnccc/sta…

Happy belated birthday Hazel! twitter.com/KieranAllmark/…

All schools to remain closed tomorrow twitter.com/Education_NI/s…

Important information for commuters using Belfast to Portadown rail service - tree down at Lambeg twitter.com/nirailways/sta…

Congratulations to @lisburnccc Grounds Maintenance Team on winning Best Local Authority Service Team at tonight's @NI_LGA awards!!

Well done Deborah and team twitter.com/andrewmuirni/s…

Delighted to recognise @belfastcc efforts leading the way on Councillor Development @NualaMcAllister twitter.com/ni_lga/status/…

Brilliantly powerful input from @nmcinroy at #nilga17 (even with the bad jokes!) - keen to explore how councils can lead economic change

Thanks to @stevethomas100 divining @NI_LGA conference a favour of the Welsh local govt experience #nilga17 pic.twitter.com/XuBMnwB5ET

Great speech @lisburnccc chief! On home patch outlining SOLACE goals for the year ahead twitter.com/ni_lga/status/…

Well done to @StratagemNI team for an excellent round table session at @NI_LGA conference #nilga17 twitter.com/ni_lga/status/…

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Ian James Parsley

Ian James Parsley is providing detailed support for Trevor Lunn’s review of Enterprise policy over the coming months, as well as research on Policing Board issues as they arise.

With the exception of one year working with the Centre for Social Justice, a London-based think tank, Ian has worked in Lisburn since 2007, supporting the Lagan Valley team in various capacities.

He was the Alliance Party’s European Elections candidate in 2009.

Amanda Grehan

Amanda Grehan is Head of Operations at the Alliance Party’s Lagan Valley Constituency Office.

As well as the day-to-day running of the office itself, she provides a full information service to constituents, including:

  • benefits enquiries
  • planning issues
  • business support
  • tidy streets
  • older people’s issues
  • disability matters

A well known advocate for members of the public, pop in to see her any time during work hours!

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Contact Details

Address:

17 Graham Gardens, Lisburn BT 28 1XE – via google

Telephone:

(028) 92671177

Email:

trevor.lunn@niassembly.gov.uk

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Insurance must not inhibit local firms going for contracts

The Assembly is in recess until September, but that gives us a chance to look at some of the issues which have come across our desk over the past year or so.

One close to me, given my professional background, is insurance. I will continue to report here on the various ways in which I wish to look at the subject, but one particular issue I have raised in recent months is the prohibitive insurance requirements of public sector tenderers (most notably perhaps in construction).

I am concerned that local firms who would otherwise be well placed to bid for government contracts are instead being put off by requirements which simply could not reasonably be met by businesses operating in a jurisdiction of under 2 million people, and which are often plain unnecessary.

I do wish to continue to advocate improved policy in this area. If you have any thoughts, simply drop into our office in Graham Gardens or leave a comment to the left.

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Lunn calls for co-operation between Education Boards and CCMS over school plans

Trevor Lunn MLAAlliance Education spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has called for closer co-operation between the Education Boards and CCMS over their plans for the number and type of schools that they need in each area. Currently there is two separate audits of what each sector requires. The plans are aimed at reduced the 85,000 empty desks in all schools.

Trevor Lunn MLA said: “If we want this whole process to achieve the best results then there needs to be a suitable level of co-operation between the Education Boards and CCMS about the changes that could happen. Currently we have two separate processes going on which is not going to make our school system more sustainable in the long run.

“Everybody will agree that there is an urgent need to update our school system to meet Northern Ireland changed demographics. We are already seeing some changes with the sharing of resources between schools and I welcome that, now is the time to see what further actions we can take to increase sharing.

“This is going to be a long process and what has been announced are not firm proposals, it is merely the beginning of a consultation exercise. I would encourage the public to read these proposals and respond to the Boards.”