VIDEO - Creggan bonfire continues to burn on busy road

An bonfire which was set alight on Saturday night is still smouldering on a road close to Creggan Heights.

The ‘Journal’ visited the Glassagh Park and Heather Road junction on Wednesday morning.

A bonfire continues to smoulder on the junction between the Heather Road and the Glassagh Park Road near Creggan Heights in Derry.

A bonfire continues to smoulder on the junction between the Heather Road and the Glassagh Park Road near Creggan Heights in Derry.

The road is widely used by people entering and exiting the Creggan estate.

Motorists are having to slowdown in order to pass the bonfire safely.

Any motorists looking to gain access to Glassagh Park have to mount the pavement as the still smouldering bonfire is right on the junction between the two roads.

Local man, Seamus McCallion, uses the roads on a daily basis to walk his dogs.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor for the Creggan area, Kevin Campbell, pictured beside a bonfire that was still smouldering four days after it had been set alight on August 15. The bonfire is on the Glassagh Park and Heather Road junction.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor for the Creggan area, Kevin Campbell, pictured beside a bonfire that was still smouldering four days after it had been set alight on August 15. The bonfire is on the Glassagh Park and Heather Road junction.

“It’s a disgrace that this bonfire has been allowed to continue to burn away - it’s been four days since the bonfire.

“It’s easy to blame the young ones for this but when you look at how quickly the bonfire in the Bogside was cleaned up and then you look at this one you can’t help but ask questions,” said Mr. McCallion.

Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Kevin Campbell, described the site of the bonfire as a “health hazard”.

“It baffles me how this has been allowed to smoulder for four days,” said Colr. Campbell.

“This is a very busy back road into and out of Creggan. It would be used quite often by delivery vans and taxis and if they are driving over the remnants of a bonfire it could damage their vehicles.

“I’ve spoken to a few statutory agencies about getting the area cleaned because from what I can see it’s a not only a safety risk but it’s also a health hazard.”

Colr. Campbell added: “I think when you look at this bonfire in Creggan it just reinforces what the local community has been talking about these last few weeks. Bonfire cause local people and local communities stress and anxiety - there has to be an alternative to this.”