A couple of weeks ago i attended a meeting at the Mount conference centre to discuss the ongoing issue of interface trouble around the Albertbridge Road /Woodstock link/Mount Pottinger Road. Organised by the Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium (BCRC) all the statutory bodies were represented as you’d expect, though quite why the PSNI felt it necessary to have 6 officers sitting in on the 2 hour meeting, with another two in a Landrover in the carpark, i’m a little uncertain.
Provision of youth services and the lack of funding was raised on a number of occasions with the general consensus being that there wasn’t enough being done, with the churches in the area doing a lot of voluntary and unheralded work in the area.
If i’m honest i felt that the organisations there, Belfast City Council, Housing Executive, PSNI were merely going through a routine ,reading from a script. I raised the issue of sectarian graffiti and how, if we are products of our environments more should be done to eradicate it. If the PSNI are reviewing the CCTV every morning, as we were told surely they’d be able to do something about it particularly because of the nicknames scrawled along side it. Not too much policing work needed to find out who is responsible. I also mentioned the sectarian nature of this at Cluan place
At the end of the meeting a nice sergent came over at the behest of his officer, listened to my concerns as mentioned , took my number and told me he’d get back to me.
I’m still waiting on a phonecall.
Photographer and visual artist based in Belfast.
I have facilitated community based workshops with groups as diverse as visually impaired individuals in Dungannn, Travellers across Northern Ireland, Young Offenders and many community groups across Belfast.
My work has exhibited extensively here in Northern Ireland in group and individual shows and has been shown in North America and i had my first solo international exhibition in New Zealand. I have been the recipient of a number of grants from the Arts Council Northern Ireland.
I’ll be blogging about Arts and Culture, primarily in Belfast
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