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Duffy frustrated by failure of Council to respond on Dunmurry health concerns

20 December, 2018

Sinn Féin representative for North Lisburn Joe Duffy said today that Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has failed to respond to a request for a meeting to discuss health concerns around a bad smell coming from the Dunmurry Industrial estate.

Joe Duffy said:

“Residents of North Lisburn affected by the smell emanating from the Dunmurry Industrial Estate are increasingly frustrated at the failure by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to respond to a request for a meeting.

“My party colleague Councillor Danny Baker and  I recently met with the Regulator of the NI Environmental Agency and Belfast City Council about the smell.

“At that meeting it was very clear that Belfast City Council officials were becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of activity from the Regulator.

“I have arranged a follow-up meeting early January and agreed a number of actions with the statutory bodies.

“These include a 3 month continuous monitoring scheme be put in place, a more robust Odour Management report be put in place, an assurance that this smell is not harmful to the local residents of North Lisburn and the Colin and that the Regulator holds the company to account.

“Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s refusal to respond to a request for a meeting on this public health issue is in my opinion indicative of their disregard for sections of its citizens.

“That is unacceptable and I will continue to work with party colleagues including Paul Maskey the MP for West Belfast to make the council live up to its responsibilities.”

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