Belfast City Council statement after tyres appear at bonfire site

Tyres which have been dumped at the site in East Belfast
-Credit: (Image: Submitted)

Belfast City Council has said that it continues to "discourage bonfire builders" from using tyres on their pyres after a number of tyres appeared at a bonfire site in East Belfast. It comes after a local resident contacted Belfast Live to raise concerns on Wednesday.

The resident said they wanted to highlight concerns about the impact of tyres being collected at the site on London Road which has been the scene of antisocial behaviour in recent years.

Dumping or burning waste where it's not allowed, or allowing others to do so, is a criminal offence and burning tyres can release toxic particles into the air which can pose a risk to the health of those in the vicinity.

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A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: "Belfast City Council is aware of bonfire materials being gathered close to the London Road bonfire site.

Tyres and other materials at the site on London Road in East Belfast
Tyres and other materials at the site on London Road in East Belfast -Credit:Submitted

"Whilst this is not on Belfast City Council owned land, our approach to managing bonfires is led by elected members. A member-led decision-making process has been agreed to consider issues and make decisions on a site-by-site basis. Council will continue to work with elected members and key stakeholders, including statutory partners and the community, to address how bonfires are managed, and to minimise any potential negative impact on local residents.

"Unlawful disposal of tyres should be reported to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Environmental Crime Unit. We continue our efforts to discourage bonfire builders from using tyres, appealing to them to be mindful of the need to protect life and property, as well as the negative environmental impact of burning tyres.”

The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has been contacted for comment.

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