Memorandum submitted by the Belfast Interface
Belfast Interface Project (BIP) was formed in
1995 and, following a consultation with key stakeholders, became
a membership organisation with an elected management committee
We currently have a membership of approximately
30 community groups operating in nationalist or unionist interface
or "peaceline" areas of Belfast, plus approximately
12 associate and individual members.
BIP aims to engage in the development of creative
approaches to the regeneration of Belfast's interface areas.
Please find enclosed a copy of our recently-produced
policy document "A Policy Agenda for the Interface",
together with executive summary. The policy paper aims to outline
key issues in relation to the regeneration of Belfast's interface
areas, as well as to make recommendations as to how these might
be addressed. We aim to use the paper as a lobbying tool.
In drawing up the document, Belfast Interface
Project have enlisted the expertise and assistance of Brendan
Murtagh and Dr Peter Shirlow, both of whom are respected academics
in this field.
The document has been prepared after consultation
with a number of community groups in interface areas of Belfast.
We feel that the document highlights a number
of interconnected problems and issues which are important and
relevant to discussions about approaches to reconciliation and
assisting the process of healing here.
We would be pleased to forward more copies of
the document and to meet with you/your colleagues in order to
provide any further clarification as required. I've also attached
our newsletter "Interface", for your information.
20 December 2004