May 28, 2022

This was one of the results of a survey conducted by the Commission for Victims and Survivors last August.

The commission presented its findings at a meeting of the Borough Council’s Direct Services Committee on Tuesday evening.

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The commission’s chief executive, Andrew Sullivan, told the meeting that the commission’s role was to listen to the voices of victims and survivors and to consider issues at all levels of government.

The commission says the research shows that “there is a need to improve the culture and use of shared public spaces and facilities and the benefits of dealing with victims in a sensitive, traumatic manner.”

It also considers the impact of monuments and cultural heritage and highlights community protection issues.

The population survey was conducted to obtain public opinion on issues arising through inter-ethnic and research projects.

The survey also looked at the effects of wall, curb painting, bone fire and parade problems.

The survey also includes ideas about flying flags (archived photo of police diverting traffic in Kirkfargs during a 2012 flag protest).

It showed that 45% of respondents in the East and the East did not want to be represented by “representatives of the unelected community” who are perceived as having “negative influence”.

Mr Sullivan also reported that there was “greater sympathy for the regular flying of flags on buildings and unorganized flags” in central and eastern Antrim than in other areas.

“We want to encourage the council to look at all the projects that they are making and that they are developing through the lens of all the victims to see how people have been affected,” he said. ” They said.

“It’s a bit of an indictment that the democratic process doesn’t look at it as positively as we hoped it would.”

The commission urges local authorities to consider how community relations can benefit victims and survivors.

Currently, the Mid and East Interim Borough Council is auditing good relations.

Counselors have been told in an official report that the Good Relations Grant Scheme has not gained much momentum in recent years as a result of the epidemic.

The report notes: “This is likely due to the fact that community relations are not of great importance to groups at this time.”

As a result, in 2022/23 alone, the local authority will reduce the budget from £ 30,000 to £ 20,000 “to account for it”.

It also states: “Promoting good relations at the local level plays an important role in strengthening ties that support social and economic prosperity among our communities.”

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter

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