08/07/2019

Council Votes To Remove Material From Two Bonfires

A Belfast City Council committee has voted to take action to remove materials from two bonfires in the city.

The decision was made at the Strategic Policy & Resources Committee in relation to a bonfire on council land at Avoniel Leisure Centre and at the Ashdale Street car park. Concerns over the public safety, the safety of property and the burning of tyres have been raised over both bonfires.
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Speaking after today's meeting, Alliance Councillor Michael Long shared: "Belfast City Council has worked hard to engage with communities on the issue of bonfires, and its Bonfire and Cultural Expression Programme has had the highest number of applicants this year (35). The programme encourages bonfire builders to adhere to guidance which prohibits the use of tyres and hazardous materials. Beacons have also been provided for 16 sites.

"Belfast City Council's approach to managing bonfires is led by Elected Members. Council will continue to engage with community representatives to minimise any potential negative impact of bonfires on local residents.

"The Committee also made it clear that any acts aimed at intimidating elected representatives are unacceptable and should be condemned."

It comes after contractors were brought in yesterday to remove 1,800 tyres from an east Belfast bonfire.

Also on Sunday, staff at Avoniel Leisure Centre, which is situated close to a bonfire, were forced to close early due to potentially threatening behaviour in the area.



(JG/CM)

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