Published Friday, 29 November 2013
Tricolours flying at a west Belfast council depot. (© Pacemaker)
Over recent weeks, both Union Flags and Tricolours have been erected on council property - including an Irish flag which appeared at a cleansing depot off the Springfield Road - and a debate is ongoing over who is responsible for their removal.
Alliance councillor Mervyn Jones said that the council's depots should be neutral.
"First of all, I think council workers feeling intimidated is unacceptable."
He continued, saying that they were just doing their job and it was not up to council employees to remove flags.
"The council is going to have to do something about it.
"Council depots should be neutral - in terms of cleansing depots there should be no flags and that's always been council policy pre-dating City Hall's vote last year.
"It's not up to the council workers to feel they have to remove them."
He added: "The council has to arrange for them to be removed - maybe bring somebody in - and the police need to be involved to oversee safety."
A council spokeswoman said: "The ongoing situation with flags being erected at a number of council depots is a sensitive issue.
"We continue to assess the situation at each site and are working with local representatives to try resolve the issue. We also take into consideration the safety of our staff in reviewing our response to the situation."
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