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Video: Concerns over 'eyesore' bonfire sited beside Belfast city centre hotel


Building a bonfire at the side of a Belfast city centre hotel is an act of madness which will harm efforts to build tourism, politicians have warned.

Hundreds of pallets have amassed on land beside the Holiday Inn in Hope Street, which last year was the scene of one of Northern Ireland's most controversial bonfires.

Local SDLP MLA Claire Hanna said: "At a time when we are trying to grow our tourism industry."

Ms Hanna said that the SDLP had tried last year to regulate bonfires.

"That is the best way of moving forward. Our proposals would have ensured that bonfires were built in the most appropriate locations and that they were safe," she added.

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