Sat, 03 Dec 2022

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey convened a meeting of the Strategic Partnership Group which was set up to address anti-social behaviour in the University and Lower Ormeau areas of Belfast.

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is pictured at Shaftesbury Community Centre where she convened a meeting of the Strategic Partnership Group which was set up to address anti-social behaviour in the University and Lower Ormeau areas of Belfast.

The Minister convened the meeting today (Monday 26 September 2022) to review the progress being made on tackling the longstanding issues.

Following the meeting, the Minister said:

"These are issues which require long-term solutions; they are solvable if we work together - residents, landlords, agencies, local and central government and all stakeholders in the area.  I welcome the commitment of partners to work alongside me in this collective approach.

"This is a residential area and people deserve to feel safe and welcome in their own homes. It is important that those visiting and living in the wider University area show respect to both themselves and residents and I would appeal to students across the city to respect their neighbours and their new home."

The group was set up by the Minister to address anti-social behaviour in the area.

The Department has part funded the employment of an Intervention Manager for the area and also provided Pound 100,000 for an alleyway improvement scheme to reduce anti-social behaviour and provide better security and safety to residents.

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