Special Belfast City Council meeting next week on contentious bonfires
Belfast Sinn Féin councillor Jim McVeigh has announced that a special council meeting has been called and will take place in Belfast City Hall next Wednesday, 2nd August at 6.30pm.
Mr McVeigh said:
"Sinn Féin has called this special council meeting to allow for a vote to be taken by Belfast city councillors to permit the council to move forward with the removal of bonfire materials from all bonfire sites which are contentious and where there is willingness from the local community for its removal.
"The decision to call the special council meeting has been taken due to the refusal of the unionist parties to agree to permit the council to remove bonfire materials from all sites.
"These bonfires are a threat to life and to property. No bonfire is a safe bonfire.
"They are a blight on communities and a magnet for anti-social behaviour.
"Sectarian hate crimes, racist hate crimes, the burning of stolen property, appalling physical and environmental damage occur at these sites, and not only that but the ratepayers of this city have to foot the cost of this year in and year out.
"Laws are being broken and this council has a duty to act." CRÍOCH/ENDS
The text of the motion to be debated and voted on at the special council meeting is as follows;
This council gives permission to our council officers to remove bonfire materials or employ contractors to facilitate the removal of bonfire materials from council sites and other sites, which belong to statutory agencies and those which are in private ownership.