Bonfire management programmeOne of the goals of our Good Relations Plan is to promote the positive expression of cultural heritage throughout the City. As part of this we're working with communities across Belfast to help improve the way bonfires are managed.
Our bonfire management programme aims to:
- help communities reconnect with the cultural significance of bonfires
- create a positive, family-friendly celebration involving the whole community
- manage health and safety risks
- tackle environmental issues.
ResultsWe’ve received very positive feedback on our scheme. Both the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Fire and Rescue Service report fewer incidents on sites taking part in the programme, compared to sites which are not involved.
Over the last number of years of the programme, there have been significant reductions in call-outs to the emergency services as well as reductions in damage and clear-up costs. Research has shown that it costs agencies around £103,000 less on repair and clear-up costs for sites participating in the programme compared with those sites not participating. The programme has also assisted communities where bonfires occur in connecting with the cultural significance of the occasion through the funding of small scale community festival events and activities.
The Institute for Conflict Research has also produced a review of the Bonfire Management Programme:
- Download Institute for Conflict Research report (Word - 602KB)
More informationFunding for the initiative comes from our PEACE III programme
This project is supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund 'Investing in your Future'.
You can also get in touch with us if you'd like to find out more:
Good Relations Unit
Chief Executive's Department
Belfast City Hall
Telephone: 028 9027 0663