Belfast Telegraph

£21,000 bill for Twelfth of July clean-up

By Jonathan Bell

More than £20,000 was spent cleaning up after this year's Twelfth celebrations in Belfast.

Belfast City Council employed 86 staff for street cleaning after the main procession.

The cost was just under £21,000, the lowest since 2013, the BBC reported.

Thousands descended for the annual parade to Barnett's Demesne and the subsequent return.

Given the day is a public holiday, workers are paid a higher rate.

In the past five years £153,000 of ratepayers' cash has been used for the clean-up operation.

Belfast City Council said the number of staff involved reflected the scale of the parades right across the city and not just through the centre.

"This means more staff being required at a wider number of locations across the city, as well as ensuring city centre streets are cleansed ahead of trading hours commencing in the afternoon," it said.

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