Mid Ulster District Council to discuss ‘Rogue Bonfires’

Mid Ulster District Council to discuss ‘Rogue Bonfires’

The Mid Ulster District Council is set to hold a special meeting of the Environment Committee to discuss ‘Rogue Bonfires’ across the district. 
Concerns have been raised by Sinn Féin Councillor Brian McGuigan who said;
“We have been liaising with all public bodies through a cross Party bonfire working group. Despite our best efforts to mitigate the problems associated with a number of them, illegal practices continue and are having serious detrimental impacts to the quality of life of many residents within our district. As Sinn Féin Councillors, we feel this is unacceptable”.
Cllr McGuigan continued;
“I have requested a special meeting of the Council’s Environment Committee to ensure everything is being done to reduce risk to rate payers as a result of illegal activity”.
Chair of the Mid Ulster Environment Committee, Cllr Ronan McGinley said;
“After receiving corresponded from Cllr McGuigan, I feel it’s appropriate to hold a meeting to discuss a number of issues he has raised. We need to explore a number of areas, including the need to investigate the financial costs incurred, clarification of risk assessments and public liability, and also to ensure that, as a council, we are reducing risk in line with our responsibilities”.
The special meeting of the Environment Committee is due to take place in Cookstown Council offices on 17th August.