Belfast Telegraph

It's only December... but are bonfire pallets and tyres already being gathered in this Northern Ireland housing estate?

By Claire Cromie

Bonfire pallets and tyres have reportedly been dumped in a Northern Ireland housing estate - seven months before Bonfire Night.

The Housing Executive yesterday removed materials from the New Mossley estate bonfire site in Newtownabbey.

Stephen Nolan said residents had contacted his BBC show to complain, telling listeners: "People in that area say that tyres and pallets have again been dumped - they're back - seven months before next summer's bonfire night."

However UUP councillor for the area, Mark Cosgrove, said: "Well let's be honest and let's call it for what it is - it's just fly-tipping."

"It's got nothing to do with the bonfire or the 11th night or culture or anything else.

"It's just wanton fly-tipping."

In 2014 the New Mossley bonfire was believed to have been one of the biggest ever built, and was nicknamed 'The Beast'.

But Mr Cosgrove claimed he did not see any pallets. has asked the Housing Executive to comment.

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