Department of Justice Interface Programme

Here you will find information on the DoJ led interface programme.

The Interface Programme has been established to deliver the commitment made by the Northern Ireland Executive to remove all Interface structures by 2023 under the Together: Building a United Community Strategy. This headline action is anchored within the strategy’s key priority of Our Safe Community, and is also linked to other Executive Strategies;

  • Community Safety Strategy – to seek agreement to reduce number of interface structures
  • New draft Programme for Government further commits to T:BUC delivery (previously PFG 68 – to actively seek local agreement to reduce the number of peace walls)
  • Fresh Start – contribute to conditions enabling peace walls removal through confidence and relationship building

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is the lead department in delivering this key commitment. 

Interface Programme Governance Structure

Ministerial Panel     

  • To be confirmed

T:BUC Engagement Forum                        

Good Relations Programme Board

Together: Building a United Community provided for the establishment of a Good Relations Programme Board comprising senior officials from all Government Departments who act as senior responsible owners for the various aspects of the Strategy’s delivery. Programme Board meetings occur on a quarterly basis.

Interface Programme Board                        

DoJ Interfaces Team

DoJ Interfaces Team  “working with communities to address physical barriers of division". Our framework document seeks to explain how DoJ will work with other Departments, agencies and within communities towards the goal of reduction or removal of interfaces by 2023.

Area Workers Contact details

Area Contact
General enquiries DOJ.Interfaces@justice-ni.x.gsi.gov.uk
North Belfast:  028 9052 3784                                                     Sandra.Buchan@justice-ni.x.gsi.gov.uk
East Belfast:  028 90523781                                                       Suzanne.Garrett@justice-ni.x.gsi.gov.uk
West Belfast: 028 90523786                                                      Debbie.Cowan@justice-ni.x.gsi.gov.uk
Portadown/Lurgan & Derry/ L’Derry:   028 9052 3782            Suzanne.Garrett@justice-ni.gov.uk

        

Location

Type of Access

Opening Hours

Current Status

 

North Howard Street

2 sets of Vehicle and pedestrian gates

Opened/locked daily at 0630hrs and closed/locked at 1830hrs.

Gates operate as normal

Northumberland Street

2 sets of Vehicle and pedestrian gates

Opened/locked daily at 0630hrs and closed/locked at 1830hrs.

Gates operate as normal

Townsend Street

1 set of Vehicle and pedestrian gates

Opened/locked Monday - Thursday at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1730hrs.

Opened/locked Friday at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1800hrs.

Gates operate as normal

Lanark Way

Vehicular and pedestrian gates

Daily

0600-2230 

Gates operate as normal

Workman Avenue

Pedestrian gate

Opened/locked daily at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 2100hrs

Gates operate as normal

Adam Street, Duncairn Gardens

Pedestrian gate

Opened/locked Monday - Friday at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1800hrs.

Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Gates operate as normal

Graymount

Pedestrian gate only

Daily

0700-1930

Gates operate as normal

Hallidays Road (North Side)

Pedestrian gate only

Monday -Saturday

0700-1800

0900-1330 Sunday

Gates operate as normal

Hallidays Road (South Side) Duncairn Gardens

 Pedestrian gate

Opened/locked Monday – Friday at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1800hrs.

Gates operate as normal

Lepper Street, Duncairn Gardens

Pedestrian gate

Opened/locked Monday - Friday at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1800hrs.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Gates operate as normal

Upper Canning St, Duncairn Gardens

Pedestrian gate

Opened/locked Monday – Friday at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1800hrs.

 

Meadow Place

Duncairn Gdns

 

0700-1800

Monday - Friday

 

Alley way between Duncairn Gardens and Fortfield Place

2 pedestrian gates

Opened/locked Monday - Friday at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1800hrs.

 

Macrory Church laneway, Duncairn Gardens

2 pedestrian gates

Opened/locked Monday - Friday at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1800hrs.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Gates operate as normal

Navarra Place

Pedestrian gate only

Open daily between 0700 and 1800 hrs

Gates operate as normal

Kells Avenue

Stewartstown Rd - Pedestrian gate

Opened/locked daily at 0700hrs and closed/locked at 1900hrs. 

Gates operate as normal

Bishop Street Area, Derry/L'derry

Pedestrian gate only

Open daily between 0700 and 2100 hrs

Gates operate as normal

From time to time DoJ receives requests for extended opening of security gates. Please see below further information and protocol for Ad Hoc Opening.

Ad Hoc Opening Protocol    

Interface Related Publications

2020

2019

2017

Belfast Interface Project

2016

Growing Up on an Interface

Peace walls and barrier removal

Residential segregation, dividing walls and mental health 

Cost of Division

2015

Public Attitudes to Peace Walls

Removing Peace Walls and Public Policy 1

Removing Peace Walls and Public Policy 2

Removing Peace Walls and Public Policy 3

2012

Belfast Interfaces

 

 

 

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