02/10/2018

Cost Of East Belfast Bonfire Removals Revealed

The cost of removing two contested bonfires in east Belfast has been revealed as almost £190,000.

A "significant policing operation" was needed on 11 July as armed police in riot gear protected contractors as they dismantled and removed bonfires from Bloomfield Walkway and Cluan Place.

A Freedom of Information Request from BBC News NI revealed that around 700 officers were involved in the two operations at a total cost of £188,718.

According to BBC News NI, the operation at Bloomfield Walkway costs £121,457, while the operation at Cluan Place cost £67,261.

£115,000 of the overall cost was overtime pay for police officers.
News Image
Emergency legal proceedings were launched by Belfast City Council on 10 July amid concerns over the size of the bonfire at Bloomfield Walkway. A High Court Judge subsequently directed the Department for Infrastructure to take immediate action.

The fire was lit as private contractors, who wore masks to protect their identity, moved in to remove the materials.

The bonfire at Cluan Place was also dismantled after the Fire Service of Northern Ireland raised concerns over its proximity to buildings.

Previously, Belfast City Council and the Department for Infrastructure had refused to reveal the cost of the removal operations citing ""commercial sensitivity".

(MH)



Image: Cllr John Kyle

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

20 July 2012
Lyttle Condemns Bonfire Burnings Of All National And Cultural Symbols
Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has condemned the burning of all flags, electoral posters and sectarian signage on bonfires. The East Belfast MLA is calling for a robust Executive Shared Future strategy to be put in place to ensure no one in Northern Ireland suffers from ethnic, cultural or sectarian intimidation.
01 December 2020
Police Seize 'Substantial Amount' Of Illegal Alcohol In West Belfast
Police came under attack in west Belfast as they attempted to remove two van-loads of seized alcohol on Monday afternoon. Police uncovered a "substantial amount of alcohol" at a commercial property on the Falls Road as they conducted a search under warrant.
30 November 2020
Templemore Baths Restoration To Get Underway
Work has gotten underway on a £17 million restoration and expansion of Templemore Baths in east Belfast. Templemore is the sole surviving Victorian public baths on the island of Ireland and one of the few remaining in the United Kingdom that still delivers its original function, with most of its original interior fabric and fittings intact.
10 November 2011
New Mediterranean Route For bmibaby
Low cost airline, bmibaby, has announced a new sunshine route for summer 2012. The route from Belfast City Airport to Mahon in Menorca will commence on 15 June and will operate twice a week - on Monday and Friday. The flights will operate as part of the summer schedule, until 24 September 2012.
16 October 2007
Ratepayers Foot The Bill At City Of Derry Airport
Safety concerns that temporarily closed City of Derry airport earlier this year could cost local ratepayers as much as £3m. Foyle MLA, William Hay, said the money was for renovations ordered after runway and other problems led to a four-day closure of the airport.