Stakeholder Forum October 2009

Oct 2009 Stakeholder Forum

The latest CCG Stakeholder Forum was held at Walkway Community Centre on Friday 5th October with approximately 55 people in attendance. 

An update on the project was given by Wendy Langham, Programme Manager, in which issues such as land assembly, the integration of flood alleviation works, route changes and alternatives to a weir were discussed.

Heather Chesney, Communications and Admin Officer presented the draft Heritage and Tourism trails booklet to the forum for consideration. It is hoped that by producing this booklet people will be encouraged to visit the Greenway area as it is now to discover the history here.

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Sean Brannigan, Community Engagement Officer, provided an update on the engagement which has been taken place within the community. This has taken the form of community activities grants, public meetings, cycle rides, cycle proficiency training and local public events.

Continuing on with the tradition of holding each Stakeholder Forum on a particular theme, this forum focused on Anti- Social Behaviour (ASB) and the threat of ASB. Guest speakers came from key agencies involved in addressing ASB in East Belfast. 

Suzanne Gowling, Community Safety Manager for Belfast City Council, delivered a presentation on BCC’s role in relation to community safety. She outlined BCC’s responses to community safety issues.

Brian Treacy from PSNI gave a presentation on the importance of using ‘design out crime’ expertise when delivering a project such as the CCG. He provided examples of how proper design could reduce the impact and likelihood of anti- social behaviour. 

Stakeholder ForumRachael Davison, Centre Manager, Walkway Community Association, informed the forum of the Street by Street project being undertaken by Walkway Community Association and East Belfast Alternatives. This project involves volunteers going out at weekends to approach people who may be likely to participate in anti social behaviour. The volunteers will in some cases invite individuals back to the centre for a game of pool or somewhere warm to socialise. The volunteers also make the people involved in anti social behaviour aware of the effect they are having on those living in the community to discourage future instances. 

Sammy Douglas (Project Champion) thanked all the speakers for their input to the forum and invited those in attendance to ask any questions they had. Sammy thanked everyone for their contribution to the Stakeholder Forum and for their continued support for the CCG project. 

If you would like to be invited to attend the next forum please contact Sean Brannigan on 9046 7930 or email sean@eastbelfastpartnership.org.

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