Lyttle calls on DRD to take action on East Belfast bonfire

East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle has called on the Minister for Regional Development to take urgent action to make safe a large bonfire on land for which his Department is responsible.

Alliance MLA Mr Lyttle said the bonfire, situated on the Comber Greenway in East Belfast, is located dangerously close to residential and community properties in the area.

“We are working with people to help them celebrate culture and tradition in a positive manner but the size and location of this particular bonfire now poses a serious risk to residents, a community centre and a dedicated cycle and walkway.

“It is unacceptable in 2015, that a government Department has allowed this bonfire to progress to the stage, where residents are living in fear for the safety of their homes. The Minister for Regional Development must take action to make the area safe and show greater leadership on this issue.”

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