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Belfast council hired contractor to 'control wood build-up as needed'

By Jonathan Bell

A Sinn Fein councillor has said Belfast City Council appointed a contractor to remove material from bonfire sites across the city.

City Hall, however, said it could confirm only that a contractor was appointed and a secrecy clause in its contract meant it could not disclose what it was employed to do.

Last week it was revealed Belfast City Council had issued an injunction to prevent four bonfires becoming any larger before they are lit tonight, and to stop anyone from staying on the sites.

The bonfires at the centre of the injunction are at Bloomfield Walkway, Avoniel Leisure Centre car park, Inverary playing fields and Cregagh Park East in Belfast.

Sinn Fein leader on Belfast City Council, Jim McVeigh said a contractor had been appointed and was ready to move in to remove wood "wherever that is required".

"That's a fact," he told the BBC Stephen Nolan Radio Ulster show.

Mr McVeigh said it was "very important" the police supported the contractor in its work.

He said he welcomed the move and that all parties "including the unionist parties" had supported the move to obtain the "groundbreaking" injunction, saying that it was "very important" the move had led to a debate across the community.

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