we had our monthly board meeting of the Short Strand Partnership yesterday.
Primarily this meeting focused on community safety issues and the impact the Short Strand community is having on the East Belfast District Policing Partnership and the Policing Plan for the area. Sinn Féin Councillor and chair of the East Belfast DPP Gerard O'Neill gave a presentation to the Board on the role and remit of the DPP and his plans for his year in that Chair.
It was useful exchange in that it further allows the Board members within their own relevant fields to keep the community informed of how they can actively hold policing to account in the area through the DPP mechanisms.
A number of other issues were contained within the Clár, including the current status of the 'Pottinger's Quay' development at the top of the Short Strand. It's that time of year again and the Partnership will be implementing it's Spring-Clean in the area, this is always well received and a great help to the area. Importantly the current on-going work to combat anti community activity at the interfaces was discussed and how best we develop this initiative to firstly, make our area safe for everyone to live in and enjoy and secondly, make sure we are holding all the relevant bodies and statutory agencies to account, go bunúsanch, making sure they are doing their jobs!
I'll try my best to blog on the on-going wok of the partnership and in particular the monthly meetings of it and the sub groups that I sit on. It's important that we keep the community up to date.