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Sinn Féin calls for action over bonfires

11 July, 2004


Sinn Fein Councillor for North Belfast Eoin O'Broin has called today for action over two bonfires situated on the Crumlin Road, one at the junction with Heskith Road and one at the junction of Glenbank. The two bonfires, which are built on roadway and are situated close to interfaces and pose serious threat to motorists and pedestrians alike.

Speaking today Cllr O‚Broin said:

"These bonfires are dangerous and destructive. The two of them are actually built on the roadway and pose a serious threat to motorists and pedestrians alike. They are unsteady structures which force cars to enter oncoming traffic to avoid them.

"Not only are they dangerous but when lit will cause serious damage to the road surface, the footpaths and surrounding buildings. The cost to the taxpayer to repair tis damage will be significant.

"I am calling on the DRD Road Service and Belfast City Council to act with immediate effect before there is a serious accident surrounding these bonfires. We already know that the twelfth bonfires cause serious air pollution. It is not good enough that they are also allowed to destroy the local infrastructure."ENDS

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