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Bonfire built at new social housing site in Carryduff

A loyalist bonfire at the new social housing development at Killynure Green, Carryduff. Picture by Mal McCann
Brendan Hughes

A HOUSING association has said it will work to address "sensitive issues" after a bonfire was built at one of its new developments in Co Down.

The pyre was constructed at a social housing scheme at Killynure Green at Carryduff, on the outskirts of south Belfast.

Some residents contacted The Irish News to express concern over the bonfire, describing it as "intimidating".

It comes after concerns about scores of lampposts at the site being bedecked in loyalist flags and emblems ahead of residents moving in.

Keys were handed over for more than 40 homes in Killynure Green in October last year.

The modern development has been praised for its energy efficiency and was earlier this year nominated for an architectural design prize.

A spokeswoman for Choice Housing last night said: "Delivering and supporting safe neighbourhoods is important to Choice.

"We have been advised that a bonfire is being erected on the site adjacent to Killynure Green.

"We remain committed to proactively addressing sensitive issues and will continue to work with the community, statutory authorities and public representatives.

"Whilst agreements cannot always be quickly achieved we will endeavour to pursue an outcome that is acceptable to all."

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