MLA warns over dangers after tyres added to town bonfire

The bonfire at Oakwood, Carrickfergus
The bonfire at Oakwood, Carrickfergus

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has warned that a bonfire on the Oakwood Road in Carrickfergus poses a serious threat to public safety and local electricity supplies after hundreds of tyres were illegally added to it.

The East Antrim MLA has been contacted by a number of residents concerned about the proximity of the bonfire to local houses and a major NIE power line.

He said: “The burning of hundreds of tyres in an open fire will expose the local community to carcinogenic compounds. There are already concerns at the levels of cancer in the Carrickfergus area so this is particularly worrying local people.

“In addition these tyres are sited close to housing and only 15 metres from one of the main high voltage transmission lines serving Northern Ireland.

“I am concerned at the risks to both local residential property and the NI electricity grid. I would urge the organisers to ... remove these tyres so that lives and property are not put at risk.”