Illegal bonfire materials should be removed, says Armitage

Alliance Councillor David Armitage has called for illegal bonfire materials left on the Connswater Greenway to be removed immediately.

Dozens of tyres have been left on the Flora Street walkway section of the multi-million-pound greenway.

“Alliance recognises everyone has the right to celebrate their culture and traditions but it must be done in a safe, legal and respectful manner. Leaving dozens of tyres to be burnt such as this is neither of those and needs addressed by Belfast City Council immediately,” said Councillor Armitage.

“The greenway is a positive celebration of all that is best about East Belfast. We must recognise the area is a shared space which has been a boon to the area. There is clearly a wider issue around bonfires, their safe and legal construction, and communication with the local community on the matter.

“We have worked hard over the past few months with others to provide a new scheme in the area to prevent situations such as this occurring. I would call on those involved to remove these tyres voluntarily to ensure everyone has free enjoyment of the greenway.”

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