The Housing Executive has erected fire barriers in a Limavady housing estate to protect homes situated close to a 15th August bonfire.
The bonfire was built in the main green area of the Glens, just off Ballyquin Road, and close to several properties.
We have erected a fire barrier to protect properties close to this siteHousing Executive spokesperson
A Housing Executive spokesperson said: “We aim to work with the local community and a range of other organisations to reduce the impact of bonfires.
“To ensure the safety of nearby properties and local residents at The Glens in Limavady, the Housing Executive, Fire and Rescue Service and the local council have engaged with those responsible for building a bonfire.”
The spokesperson said they “erected a fire barrier to protect properties close to this site”, which would be monitored throughout the rest of the day by all the relevant agencies.
A local community representative said residents in the area had voiced their concerns about the bonfire, and said they didn’t want it in the area. In particular, the representative said older residents were distressed about the situation.
“The majority of people in the area don’t want this bonfire, especially older people who live close to it,” said the community representative.
“The only thing we can do now is look to next year, and engage with the people involved to find a resolution.”
Sinn Fein councillor Brenda Chivers visited the bonfire site on Monday afternoon.
“We don’t object to anyone celebrating their culture as long as it’s in a way that is environmentally friendly and safe, and that it doesn’t offend anyone,” said Colr. Chivers. “The people involved have to take into consideration the residents.”
Colr. Chivers said she was assured by those involved in building the bonfire tyres would not be used.
Both Colr. Chivers and the community representative said residents had complained about the sudden appearance of Irish Tricolours in the estate.
“Most people in the Glens hate flags flying. They don’t want them,” added the community representative.