Further to Mark’s post, ‘Belfast bonfire builders wipe Council’s eye’, Belfast City Council have been in touch and have offered us this statement to clarify that the bonfire he mentioned on Friday was not part of their bonfire management scheme:
Despite attempts by council officers to engage with those responsible for the bonfire at the City Hospital, the organisers indicated, at an early stage, that they did not want to be involved in the council’s bonfire management scheme, but would rather ‘do their own thing’.
Therefore, this bonfire was not eligible for Peace III funding and has not received any public money – nor will it do so.
The council nevertheless will continue to work with those communities who wish to work with us in order to ensure that bonfires in the city are managed safely and with minimum impact to the environment and wider community.
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