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No complaints received over Larne bonfire

The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne

By Gillian Halliday

A Northern Ireland council has said it is "working closely" with the local community after a massive bonfire built in Co Antrim was dubbed the tallest Eleventh Night pyre.

It has been erected on land within the Craigyhill estate in Larne, close to homes.

It is believed to be around 100ft tall.

Concerns have been raised about a number of bonfires situated near properties.

In Portadown a housing association has offered to temporarily relocate affected tenants in the Corcrain area on Thursday evening.

Ulster Unionist councillor Mark McKinty said that he had not received any complaints in relation to the Craigyhill bonfire.

"Nothing in particular has come my way," he added. He stressed that officials from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council had been liaising with residents and community groups.

He said that safety measures such as fencing have been put in place at the bonfire, but no issues had been raised about the scale of the structure, which contains hundreds of pallets.

"Nothing about the size of the bonfire has been raised as far as I'm aware," said Mr McKinty.

He said matters such as bonfires are addressed by councillors on its cultural celebrations working group, which meets monthly.

The NI Housing Executive also confirmed it had received no complaints about the structure.

"The land on which the bonfire is situated is owned by the council," it said.

"We haven't received any complaints from any owner/occupiers."

The council said: "We are continuing to work closely with the local community and our partner agencies to encourage a responsible approach to cultural celebrations throughout Mid and East Antrim."

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