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Bonfire pallets stacked in south Belfast car park

Wooden pallets at a car park off Donegall Pass in south Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann
Brendan Hughes

STACKS of pallets have been placed in a privately-run car park near Shaftesbury Square in south Belfast.

The pallets are close to where a photograph was taken recently at Donegall Pass showing men in high-visibility clothing carrying pallets.

The image, which was circulated online, led to Belfast City Council issuing a statement denying suggestions the men were its staff.

Bonfires have been constructed for many years in the car park on Posnett Street, between Donegall Pass and Botanic Avenue, where pallets are being stored.

The photograph of men carrying pallets caused furore when it was posted on Tuesday, as many believed the men were council workers.

With their distinctive blue colour and branding, the wooden pallets in the picture can be distinguished as those owned by the company Chep.

The for-hire pallets are used in the firm's pooling service for retail and industrial supply chains and are not bought and sold.

Belfast City Council said the men in the photograph are not council workers.

"We have investigated this internally and early indications are that these are not Belfast City Council employees," a spokesperson said.

"The action referred to in the tweet was not sanctioned by Belfast City Council."

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