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Belfast residents fear whole street could go up when massive bonfire is ignited

By Suzanne Breen

Published 13/07/2015

The towering bonfire at Chobham Street in east Belfast
The towering bonfire at Chobham Street in east Belfast
Pallets stacked ready to be placed on the structure
Bonfire on Shankill Road 2012
Election posters of Alliance MLA Anna Lo and Sinn Fein's MEP Martina Anderson were placed on a bonfire in the Bloomfield estate in Bangor
Preparations get underway at the Bonfire in Lanark Way in Belfast, ahead of the 12th of July annual Orange celebrations Pacemaker Press 7/7/2014
The huge bonfire on Lanark Way
Ballyduff bonfire in Newtownabbey July 2014
Election posters of Alliance member Anna Lo on the Bonfire in Carrickfergus ahead of the 12th of July annual Orange celebrations Pacemaker Press 7/7/2014
Mount Vernon North Belfast july 2014
Young loyalists scale the huge face of the bonfire on Lanark Way, off the Shankill
Preparations get underway at the Bonfire in Lanark Way in Belfast, ahead of the 12th of July annual Orange celebrations Pic Pacemaker
Sandy Row South Belfast 2014
A statue of our the Virgin Mary placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way PACEMAKER
Bonfire on Shankill Road 2012
A statue of our lady placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way
Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2013 Young men pictured enjoying the Bonfire in King George Playing Fields Upper Newtownards Road Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
12.07.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The 12th night bonfire celebrations get underway in Erinvale Estate in Finaghy Road South last night. The bonfire fell over close to people watching. A man runs as the bonfire starts to fall
Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Thursday 11th July 2013 General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Thursday 11th July 2013 General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Thursday 11th July 2013 General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow
Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow
Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire at Belvoir, South Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2013 Katie-Leigh Bain,Curtis Johnston and Cherene Grundmann pictured enjoying the Bonfire in King George Playing Fields Upper Newtownards Road Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker press 11/7/13 The Bonfire in Ballyduff on the outskirt's of Belfast on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow
Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Residents in an east Belfast street are terrified that their homes will go up in flames when a massive bonfire built just yards away is lit.

Some families in Chobham Street, off Ravenscroft Avenue, have already moved out and those who remain say they are "petrified" for their own safety and that of their homes.

They said the Fire Service had warned that houses in the street were in danger of catching alight on the eleventh night.

There are already 1,700 pallets on the bonfire which has a core of tyres down the middle, and hundreds more pallets remain to be added, which will make it even bigger.

The bonfire is located on waste ground at the Comber Greenway, just 30 feet from houses in Chobham Street.

Homeowners said that the land was owned by the Department for Regional Development (DRD), but that the department had ignored their pleas to take action to protect their properties.

The residents, who were too frightened to be named, said that endless meetings with the DRD, Belfast City Council and the Fire Service had got them nowhere.

One homeowner said: "Nobody is willing to take action. Rather than act now to prevent disaster, their attitude seems to be that they'll just mop up the mess after the eleventh night."

Insurance companies have told some homeowners that, because of the presence of combustible material so nearby, they won't accept liability if the properties are destroyed or damaged by fire.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has been told by some homeowners that his department will be held legally liable if their properties catch fire.

Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road
Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Glasgow County Lodge members(L-R) Mark Kirkland, Eddie McGonnell, Kirsty Gardner and Gina McNee pose for a selfie as the parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Elle Knowles(4) with her cousin Phoebe(2) watch the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Norma Moore, Jodie Moore(8) and Thomasena Hunt wait for the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way into the field. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Andrew Thompson with his two-year-old son Seth from Rosetta. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Zac Jamison(3) and Marcus Toan(7) wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Brothers Roman(3&left) and Reuben McKinney(2) from Templepatrick play the drums as they want for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Marcus Toan waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Chelsea Pensioner Sam Cameron and seven-year-old Conor Boyd wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Gerald Rutherford pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Bands pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Nathan Anderson, Andrew Charles and Gordon Lucy from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Karen Charles,Shaz Kelly and June Withers pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today James Smyth, Joey Sinclaire, Danniell White and Curtis Whte (Front) of Dunmurry Protastant Boys at field in Derriaghy Field
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 Colourparty with Jeffery Donaldson
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Hillsborough District Colour Party pass Seymore Hill on their way to the field at Dunnmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Members of Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe band warm up before departing for Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Sisters Amy and Katie Cairns from Lisburn add a bit of colour to todays parade at Seymore Hill
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today A young band leader shows his skills
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 with Jeffery Donaldson arrive at Field in Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Young Piper and Drummer of Harry Ferguson Memorial band warm up in Derriaghy
Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Jennifer and Penni McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured are Pride of Ballinran's Clare Glenny with Sarah McConnell,Sophie Annett,Megan Holmes,Laura Glenny and Lindsay Norris with Darcy Campbell. Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Lewis Martin from Ballyvea band at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Crowds enjoying The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Fluteing away for Fife and Drum at Coleraine Twelfth. PIC: MARK JAMIESON.
Ballywillan Flute smartly turned out at Coleriane Twelfth. Pic: MARK JAMIESON.
Recording the Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orange Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Young Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orangefest -pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Two year old Kyle Smith will follow lodges and bands as they leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 - William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

In previous years the bonfire was substantially smaller and caused no problem for residents. But this year it is outside the bonfire management scheme. Its builders are said to have adopted the hardline position of 'culture before cash'.

Sources said that officials didn't want to intervene to reduce the size of the bonfire because they feared that would lead to a riot.

SDLP councillor Declan Boyle said: "It is a scandalous situation when nobody in authority is prepared to do anything to protect these people and their homes.

"They have been sent from pillar to post and everybody says nice things to them but nobody is willing to help.

"There is no problem with a bonfire in the area, there is a problem with building so big a bonfire in such a confined space. It's a recipe for disaster and it's disgraceful that no one will give the order to remove some of the bonfire material."

The pyre is also situated just yards from Walkway Community Centre.

Mr Boyle claimed that the women workers in the centre had to pay out of their own pockets for it to be boarded up to protect the premises from the blaze.

"The buck stops with the DRD," he said. "They have a duty of care to ensure that no person or property comes to any harm. I would ask Danny Kennedy if he'd feel safe living so near a bonfire? Would he be happy if his home was in danger of going up in flames and nobody was prepared to intervene to stop it?"

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