Council spends almost 30,000 in bonfire clean up costs

Thursday, 7 December 2017

MORE than 9,000 was spent on the clean up of bonfires in Ballymena during July 2017, with that cost rising to almost 30,000 across the whole of the Mid and East Antrim Borough.
A breakdown of figures was displayed in a Cultural Celebrations report presented to members at a recent Community Planning Committee meeting.
The overall cost for July bonfire clean up is 29,018.05, with the disposal cost to date amounting to 20,894.80 and clear up costs amounting to 8,123.25.
In Ballymena, the total cost to date is 9,345.14 with replacement costs of 225.00 used to repair a party fence at Tullygarley.
This included the clean up of six sites in Broughshane, Galgorm, Wakehurst, Tullygarley, Kells and Ahoghill.
Eight sites were cleared in the Larne area at a cost of 16,951.12 while council cleared two sites in Carrickfergus at a cost of 2,721.79.
The report highlighted that "it was important to acknowledge that officer and external statutory feedback has indicated that those sites who engaged with officers, statutory partners and who displayed 'No Dumping' signage were those sites where there has been a reduction in the levels of household waste, and also reduced complaints from residents and the public."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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