OFFICE OF THE FIRST MINISTER AND DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER.
22 June 2011
Following discussions between local community representatives and subsequent discussions with Ministers, the First Minister and deputy First Minister have instructed one of their senior officials to engage urgently with local communities and community leaders in the Newtownards Road and Short Strand areas of East Belfast with a view to identifying issues of concern around the interface.
The Ministers said: “We would ask everyone to give the official the time and space to conduct this work.
“The official has been asked to bring back a report promptly and make recommendations as to how problems in the area can be addressed.
“By working with local communities and agencies we want to ensure that interface issues are tackled across Belfast.”