Armitage: Safety of residents must be paramount

Alliance Councillor David Armitage has said the safety of residents must be paramount, as concerns over an Inner East bonfire continue to grow.

The bonfire site – which does not fall under Belfast City Council’s official bonfire scheme – has seen an increase in illegal dumping over the past few days, causing many to fear last year’s situation in which 50 families were forced from their homes will reoccur.

Councillor David Armitage said: “It is extremely worrying that we could be facing another serious situation regarding an East Belfast Bonfire – once that could potentially put the safety of local people at risk.

“Not only have we seen an increase in illegal dumping in the area, but there has also been a rise in anti-social behaviour, with reports of vandalism at a new play park.

“This bonfire site is not part of the Council’s official bonfire scheme, with those behind it regrettably not willing to take part in the approved process.

“I’ve asked for a meeting with Council Officers and statutory agencies to address what we can do to ensure a similar situation to last year doesn’t unfold.”

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