Long-term approach needed for bonfires but compliance with council injunction needed, says O’Neill

Alliance Councillor Sian O’Neill has said a long-term approach is needed for the issue of bonfires but people need to comply with Belfast City Council’s injunction preventing more materials being added to several sites in East Belfast.

The Council was granted the injunction by the High Court to stop further materials being added to the sites, as well as preventing anyone staying on the sites.

“There is a clear and urgent need to deliver a sustainable approach to all bonfires and for statutory bodies to eradicate the illegal and anti-social behaviour at some sites,” said Councillor O’Neill.

“The application for this injunction was supported by all parties and is intended to prevent further materials being placed at a number of sites which pose a significant and immediate risk to public safety and property.

“We call on everyone in our community to ensure a safe and legal eleventh night by respecting this measure, and the authority of those with the responsibility to uphold it, or risk being made subject to the courts.”

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