Security at Primark cordon costing Belfast council nearly £300k
The cost of security at the fire damaged Primark building in Belfast is set to cost nearly £300,000 by the end of 2018.
The BBC has reported that the cordon around the damaged building is being manned 24 hours a day by private security company Eventsec.
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Fourteen businesses within the cordon were closed following the August 28 fire with a number reopening this week following the installation of a temporary walkway in the area.
A Primark store is set to reopen on Castle Street on Saturday, December 8.
Belfast City Council has said it has "opened dialogue" with Primark in relation to the security costs at six locations around the cordon, which will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Security has cost council £129,672 up to October 28 and is set to reach £296,000 by December 31 if the same levels of security are maintained in the area.
A Belfast City Council spokeswoman told the BBC that security was necessary to keep people safe while work continued to secure the Primark building.
"Bank Buildings remains unstable and with work ongoing to restore and stabilise the structure, security is necessary to minimise any danger to the public and to continue preventing people from accessing the site," she said.
"The council has opened dialogue with Primark in respect of the costs incurred by the council in relation to maintaining public safety and the integrity of the cordon.
"That dialogue will continue with Primark, its lawyers and any relevant insurers."
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