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Belfast City Council and Housing Executive must consider bonfire compensation - Cllr McVeigh.

14 July, 2017 - by Jim McVeigh


Sinn Féin group leader on Belfast City Council, Cllr Jim McVeigh, has said the Belfast City Council and the landowners, the Housing Executive, must give serious consideration to compensate the residents living in apartments damaged by the 11th of July bonfire at Victoria Place.

Speaking today Cllr McVeigh said:

“The Belfast City Council and the Housing Executive cannot wash their hands of the damage that has occurred to the apartment block at Victoria Place.  

“Belfast City Council found itself embroiled in a scandal in facilitating the movement of pallets from this site with the intention of returning them. This decision was made in secret with a handful of councillors. Sinn Féin put a stop to that.

“The land that this mammoth bonfire was built upon belongs to the Housing Executive. At no time that I am aware of did the Housing Executive take responsibility for an illegal bonfire on its land and seek an injunction or the removal of these materials.

“What we are left with now are residents in limbo with damaged property due to the failures of statutory agencies. These residents are rate payers. They could very well find themselves with increased insurance premiums due to the negligence of others. This is wholly unacceptable.

“I am calling on both Belfast City Council and the Housing Executive to give serious consideration to compensating the tenants who are now faced with large repair bills to their properties.”

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