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Call for action on Bonfires

6 September, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA Paul Butler says that taxpayer's money is being squandered on cleaning up the mess and destruction left by eleventh night bonfires.

Mr Butler said:

"There needs to be a halt to this wasteful use of the public's money.

"We also need more done to stop eleventh night bonfires being built on public lands in the first place.

"Last year Roads Service spent £6,000 of ratepayers money cleaning up after just one bonfire at a public car park in Dunmurry village and Lisburn council spent £20,000 of ratepayers money cleaning up the mess bonfires left across Lisburn.

"We need to call a halt to the type of damage and the huge clean up costs that bonfires associated with July 12th cause on an annual basis.

"Those in authority such as local councils and the DoE have for a long time turned a blind eye to the damage caused by bonfires.

"It has been estimated that 70% of material for bonfires are trade waste including palettes and tyres with up to half a million tyres being burnt on bonfires each year generating serious amounts of poisonous toxic waste.

"Local councils and other agencies cannot continue to ignore the damage and costs to the taxpayer bonfires cause to the environment each year. These bodies need to take action to stop areas becoming a dumping ground for the type of activity associated with these bonfires." ENDS

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