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Presbyterian moderator defends ‘toxic bonfire’ comments

The Presbyterian moderator has said people will thank him for “speaking the truth” after he branded bonfires a health hazard and a barrier to a more inclusive society.

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Councillor James Baird, Chairman of the Council's Environmental Services Committee is pictured with the Wormery that was won by St Joseph's Primary School, Lisburn along with members of the school's Eco-Committee; Mrs Fleming, Acting Principal and Mrs Nuala O'Hare,The World Around Us Co-ordinator.

St Joseph’s pupils help to launch council recycling initiative

Pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School recently helped Councillor James Baird, Chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Environmental Services Committee, launch the council’s recycling campaign as part of European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR).

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Northern Ireland home to largest pig factory in the British Isles

A Northern Ireland town is home to the largest pig processing plant in the UK and Ireland, with 1.2 million pigs processed at Cookstown’s Karro factory each year.

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Clifford the hedgehog was found missing a limb in Cookstown

A happy ending for tiny amputee - Clifford the hedgehog

A tiny hedgehog that was found dragging the remnants of his leg behind him by a concerned member of the public, has been put on the path to recovery by a Cookstown vets.

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Promoting the pilot 'Big Scoop Campaign' in the Laurelhill area are: Marty O'Boyle, Enforcement Officer; Councillor James Baird, Chairman of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; Ronnie Milsop, Regional Campaign Manager, Dogs Trust; Joanne MacAskill, Senior Enforcement Officer and Mitzi who is owned by Bertie McLaughlin.

Council get the scoop on Laurelhill dog poop

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Dogs Trust are working together on the ‘Love Lines’ Big Scoop Campaign to tackle dog fouling in the Laurelhill area of the City.

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Pictured with the Britain in Bloom judges as they walked around Hillsborough village assessing it for this year's Britain in Bloom final are: members of the Hillsborough community; Deputy Mayor, Alderman Stephen Martin; Councillor James Baird, Chairman of the Council's Environmental Services Committee; Heather Moore, Director of Environmental Services; Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive and a Hillsborough Old Guard.

Hillsborough is blooming marvellous

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has been working with the Hillsborough Community on their Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign ahead of the arrival of RHS judges last week.

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The Renault Clio which was involved in a road accident with an unmarked silver PSNI Mitsubishi, claiming the lives of Sister Frances Forde and Sister Marie Duddy near Newry in September 2014

Police crash driver ‘in an impossible position’

The driver of an unmarked police car which collided with a vehicle containing two elderly nuns was put in an impossible position, a coroner has said.

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Pictured with the Mayor, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE and Councillor Tim Morrow, Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee are Dr Andy Bridge, Lagan Valley Regional Park Manager, Jenny Palmer MLA and the volunteers who made achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award possible.

Park picks up award for investing in volunteers

Lagan Valley Regional Park was accredited with the ‘Investing in Volunteers’ award at a recent Mayoral Reception.

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Green Flags for local parks

Green Flags for local parks

The Environmental Charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award to a record 51 green spaces across Northern Ireland, including two in Lisburn.

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Lambeg bridge sewage worry

A Lambeg rambler claims that parents are forced to walk over raw sewage to bring their children to school.

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One of the Pokemon monsters from Pokemon Go.

Alarm over safety of kids using ‘Pokémon Go’ App

The local NSPCC charity has raised concerns that unsuspecting children might be preyed upon while using the massively popular ‘Pokémon Go’ App.

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Hillsborough Castle.

Castle’s custodians accused of ‘takeover’

Hillsborough Castle’s custodians are standing accused of “an aggressive takeover” of the village.

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Helping to clean up the Lagan Tow Path are Reese Butcher from Lower Maze FC, Kara Neil, Sarah Heron from McDonald's and Shae McClure from Hillsborough Boys FC.

McDonald’s and two clubs team up to tidy up

McDonald’s, Sprucefield and two local football clubs have teamed up to tidy up.

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Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter with Councillor Scott Carson, Director of Leisure and Community Services, Jim Rose, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, Councillor Jonathan Craig, Tommy Jackson, member of Seymour Hill Residents Group, Billy Smith, Chairperson of Seymour Hill Residents Group; Julie-Ann Graham, Vice Chair of Seymour Hill Residents Group; Edwin Poots, MLA, Alan Poots, Capital Projects Officer and TeJai

Revamp of play parks

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council is to carry out refurbishment work to four play parks in the area.

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Community

Sharon competing for top title

A green-fingered parent volunteer at Lisburn’s Ballcarrickmaddy Primary School is in the running for the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Champion of the Year title.

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SERC animal management students who are transforming an unused area of land on the College grounds into an outdoor classroom entitled Here We Grow as part of their coursework, thanks to support from wild flower planting project Grow Wild. The students come from as far afield as Lisburn, Hillsborough, Dromore and Rathfriland

Students go wild with ground-breaking work

As part of their coursework, local students have transformed a neglected woodland in South Eastern Regional College grounds into an outdoor classroom.

Education
Council backs new waste plan

Council backs new waste plan

Lisburn’s council is backing plans for a regional treatment plant aimed at cutting landfill and avoiding unnecessary costs for Northern Ireland ratepayers.

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Fly-tipping at Ballycolin Road, Hannahstown, in Lisburn.

Council keeping watch for tippers

Council officers are keeping their eyes on Ballycolin Road, Hannahstown after a concerned resident tipped them off to illegal dumping.

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Partnership staff trek hills for Street View

Partnership staff trek hills for Street View

Belfast Hills Partnership became aware that a new service was being offered by Google via their Google maps and Google Earth programmes which many people now use for researching and accessing maps of sites to visit.

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Grass verges ‘out of control’

Grass verges ‘out of control’

Residents in the Ballymacoss area have questioned the wisdom of planting new trees in the estate when grass verges on surrounding roads are covered in weeds.

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