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Council hoping for clean bonfire

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Council hoping for clean bonfire thumbnailThe tyres on the bonfire at Dervock. WK27KC32BM

CAUSEWAY  Coast and Glens Borough Council have asked those responsible for building Dervock's bonfire to respect 'the local community' by removing tyres from the site.
Recent images have shown that a high number of tyres have been placed on the bonfire and there are  health concerns that if burned, that they could emit toxic smoke.
Last week we reported that Causeway Coast and Glens SDLP Councillor Margaret Ann McKillop had slammed the organisers of a bonfire in the village by accusing them of not having any consideration for their neighbour's health and well-being.
A statement from the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough stated that they encourage those who are building the bonfires 'to set aside' any materials that emit toxic smoke.
“Council officers continue to engage on a daily basis with all bonfire builders in an attempt to remove unsuitable materials from fire sites.
“Those engaged in construction are encouraged to set aside any items that may result in toxic smoke, fumes or debris for collection and proper disposal so as not to damage their local environment.
“The cooperation of bonfire builders and respect for the local community and environment would be appreciated."
DUP Alderman Frank Campbell insists he likes to support bonfires as it's a part of his heritage, but hopes he local community will rally round to remove the tyres.
“I like to see bonfires being run well as it's a part of our heritage," he said.
“However the burning of tyres makes it difficult for people living nearby.
“The toxic smoke is dangerous for children as they can be suffocated.
“I'm happy to support bonfires, but they need to be nice and clean by burning woods and without hazards like tyres."

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