Local Groups in Mid and East Antrim will celebrate the peace building and cultural diversity efforts of young people and the challenges they face with a creative programme of cross-community and multicultural events as part of Good Relations Week 2021.
Good Relations Week 2021, co-ordinated by the Community Relations Council, will run from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th September, with a mix of arts, history, music, sport and culture-based events from a diverse range of organisations across the region.
This year’s colourful programme will include the return of face-to-face events, alongside an expanded online offering of virtual events and digital content. This will include workshops, lectures, panel discussions, feature talks, podcasts, film, music and dance performances, storytelling and exhibitions.
The theme for Good Relations Week 2021 is ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ which celebrates the efforts of young people in their everyday lives to break down barriers, unite communities and act as a catalyst for peace building and cultural diversity in our society.
It will explore how society can better meet the needs of young people and explore the issues affecting their culturally diverse lives today, including sectarianism and racism, dealing with the continuing impact of the past, mental health, isolation, education, faith, the pandemic, and the environment.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr William McCaughey said: “We’re proud to be supporting Good Relations Week for yet another year. We hope this week of events will inspire new ideas and promote respect and understanding in our future generations. Armed with these skills and knowledge, there is no stopping our young people.
“Good Relations Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our culture and heritage, promote cultural diversity and work together to address sectarianism and racism. It’s also important for many young people who have faced isolation this past year, to reconnect and learn from their peers to foster a future that is truly beneficial to them and their local communities.”
Martin McDonald MBE, Chair of the Community Relations Council, says: “Good Relations Week 2021 will showcase over 200 highly entertaining events that will shine a light on ground-breaking projects and initiatives that tackle sectarianism and racism and promote cultural diversity – all aimed at building brighter days ahead for everyone.
“We are delighted that over 100 different event and content organisers have embraced our ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ theme and helped to shape a truly remarkable Good Relations Week 2021 that demonstrates imagination, enthusiasm, and commitment to building a united community in our everyday lives.”
Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council adds: Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to this year’s dynamic programme of events, helping to make Good Relations Week a modern celebration of our diverse culture and heritage.
“We are once again thrilled to be able to deliver this showcase of cross community and multi-cultural arts, history, music and culture. We have a packed programme of face-to-face and virtual events, as well as online material. There is so much to attend, watch and experience, don’t miss it! I would encourage everyone to plan their week of events by checking out the programme at www.goodrelations.com.”
Good Relations Week is co-ordinated by the Community Relations Council and supported by The Executive Office. It contributes to delivering the Together: Building a United Community Strategy. The Community Relations Council co-ordinates the week with the support of a Steering Committee comprising of The Executive Office, Department for Communities, Department of Justice, Education Authority, Libraries NI, Cathedral Quarter Trust and The Nerve Centre.
For more information on the Good Relations Week 2021 programme of events visit www.goodrelationsweek.comor keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GRW2021.
New £1m Sullatober Household Recycling Centre Project Takes Another Step Forward
Plans for a new £1million waste recycling facility in Carrickfergus, have taken another step forward with the closure of the existing site from Saturday 2 October at 5pm.
Residents who currently use the facility will be asked to travel to Larne South Household Recycling Centre (HRC), located at Island Road Lower, Islandmagee from Monday 4 October until early 2022.
Please note that it is necessary to book an appointment to gain access to Larne South HRC. This can be done using Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s online booking system https://mea-hrcbookings.ccgbcapps.com/or by contacting 0300 124 5000 (Option 0).
The new Sullatober Household Recycling Centre, when completed, will be more than double the size of the existing facility to cater for some 40,000 residents. The new facility will be located directly opposite the current recycling site.
As well as increasing the amount of waste segregation by over 20%, the new facility will help Council to divert over 1,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.
The development will also result in more efficient waste compaction and haulage, with new material streams for recycling and a reduction in carbon emissions.
Planning approval was granted in December 2020, with Council securing £995,000 in funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) for the project.
Work commenced at the site in May 2021 and is expected to last until February 2022.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, welcomed the progress made on the project.
“The new Sullatober Household Recycling Centre will provide a much more efficient service for the residents of Carrickfergus, and is a welcome milestone in Council’s key strategic aim of creating a sustainable and healthy local environment which is protected for future generations.
“By increasing segregation of waste and the quality of materials collected, the new Recycling Centre will support local processors and the circular economy of Northern Ireland.
“The closure of the existing Sullatober recycling centre from Saturday 2 October at 5pm, will allow for construction works to progress. We are pleased to continue providing a recycling centre service to Carrickfergus and the surrounding areas through provision at Larne South Household Recycling Centre, into early 2022.
“Thank you to our local residents for their patience while the work is ongoing.”
Council Seeking Views on Regeneration of Larne
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is encouraging local businesses and the wider public to feed in their views on the proposed pedestrianisation of Dunluce Street and Lower Cross Street in Larne.
Council is currently developing an application for funding from the Department for Communities (DfC) to invest in the Public Realm in this area.
Mayor Councillor, William McCaughey said: “As part of the overall regeneration scheme we are proposing to pedestrianise both Dunluce Street and Lower Cross Street, and to extend the public footway on Bridge Street by removing the two on-street parking bays.
“We envisage that by pedestrianising the two streets it will create a vibrant and attractive space with the opportunity to develop a café culture and a plaza type area to host small events that will increase footfall in Larne town centre.”
Cllr McKeen, Chair of Councils Borough Growth Committee, said: “A few years ago public realm improvement works were completed in Larne with significant investment put into new streetscape, furniture and lighting, however this work did not extend to Dunluce Street and Lower Cross Street.
“It is hoped that the regeneration works will act as a catalyst for further private and public sector investment in Larne, and with the development of a new hotel planned for this area in the near future now is an opportune time to focus on upgrading Dunluce Street and Lower Cross Street to further enhance the area as a whole.”
In order to assist in the preparation of the funding bid and associated planning application Council are actively seeking the views of businesses located in the area and also from the wider public.
Cllr McCaughey said: “We want to hear from you on your perceptions of this area and your opinion on the proposed pedestrianisation of Dunluce Street and Lower Cross Street.
“An online survey has been created and I would encourage as many of you as possible to complete it before the 20 September deadline.” The online survey and proposal plans may be inspected by visiting here.