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Commenting on Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard’s proposed changes to Belfast bus lanes, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Reducing three bus lanes from 24 to 12 hours is a welcome and common sense decision. It was clearly unfair to fine drivers using bus lanes when buses were not even running”

“Given the depth of concern many city centre retailers have with over-zealous fining policy in regard of the bus lanes, it is disappointing that the Minister has decided to tighten enforcement”

Commenting this afternoon Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This situation is very concerning as political instability is neither good for business nor the economy”

“Big issues need to tackled such as Brexit, Business Rate Reform, Corporation Tax, Investment in Skills and modernisation of our Infrastructure which are all vital for the future of our local economy”

In its New Year’s Message, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has made Rates Reform its main priority in 2017 and called for a reboot of the Executive’s economic policy.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the decision of the RoI Planning Authority, An Bord Pleanála, to approve the southern part of the North-South Interconnector.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This decision by An Bord Pleanála is welcome progress for this vital infrastructure project ahead of the Northern Ireland Public Inquiry in February”

“The Interconnector will provide security of electricity supply and reduce costs to business and domestic consumers in Northern Ireland”

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has today published a consultation paper on the package of measures announced on the 22 November. 

This initiates a nine week consultation period, ending on 16 February 2016.

The Minister said: “My Rates Rethink proposals are the biggest package of reforms to our rates system for a generation. I want to see a modern, fairer rates system, which encourages regeneration, investment and entrepreneurship, while at the same time discourages dereliction and decline.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the focus on infrastructure investment in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

NIIRTA welcomes the additional £250 million for investment in our infrastructure and would urge the Executive to make the York Street Interchange a top priority for funding”

“Increasing the personal tax allowance is a positive step, allowing working people to keep more of their salaries and hopefully spend more in our retail sector”

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has unveiled his proposals for a groundbreaking shake-up of the rates system.

‘A Rates Rethink: Spurring Economic Growth’ includes a £22million investment in retail and hospitality businesses, the introduction of two pilot Business Empowerment Zones and removal of the domestic rates cap.

Commenting on the package, the Minister said: “I want to make sure that the rates system encourages regeneration, investment and entrepreneurship, while at the same time discourages dereliction and decline.”

Reacting to the statement by the Finance Minister today on his announcement of a New Targeted Rate Relief Scheme both the Chief Executives of NIIRTA and Hospitality Ulster, Glyn Roberts and Colin Neill in a joint statement said:

"The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Hospitality Ulster have warmly welcomed the proposal by the Finance Minister for a new and targeted Rate Relief Scheme for Retail and Hospitality, which he outlined this morning to the Assembly.

Commenting on today’s High Court decision on BMAP, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: 

“Out-of-town retail development has been a key contributing factor in the decline of our town centres, drawing away trade, resulting in thousands of independent retailers closing and a significant loss of net employment”

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the decision of Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to progress the York Street Interchange.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a very welcome decision by Minister Hazzard, particularly after the recent uncertainty that the scheme may not proceed”

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