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Local community suffers because of bonfires

17 August, 2009

Sinn Féin Derry City Councillor Patricia Logue bonfire has said that the local community has suffered as a result of the Lecky Road being blocked for three days by a bonfire.

The Bogside and Brandywell Councillor said:

"These bonfires cost Derry City Council thousands of pounds each year to clean up and DRD Roads Service will have a hefty repair bill to repair the roadway, railings and the wall that runs along the Lecky Road which was damaged by the heat of the fire.

“I'm also disappointed that despite all the information given to young people about the dangers of bonfires and the burning of tyres that they went ahead on Friday night and used a huge amount of tyres. It was totally unacceptable that local residents in St Columb's Wells, Lisfannon Park and Joseph Place were be subjected to a bonfire so close to their homes and where put at risk from inhaling these hazardous fumes.

“There are a number of issues which need to be addressed including the blocking of a important throughway for nearly three days. If there was an emergency response vehicles would have been hampered and the lives of people in the Bogside, Brandywell and Bishop Street areas endangered. It also caused considerable disruption to local people, businesses and taxi services in the area

"Those behind the bonfire have shown total disregard for everyone living in the area. It would be preferable if there was no bonfire at all." ENDS

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