Green Party Cllr Simon Lee has said he is disappointed that Belfast Lord Mayor Daniel Baker is encouraging Belfast citizens to use Lisburn Household Recycling Centres.
Cllr Simon Lee, who sits on Lisburn and Castlereagh Borough Council, said: “I was disappointed with comments from the Belfast Lord Mayor encouraging people to travel from Belfast to Lisburn to use household recycling centres.
“Let’s be clear - you can be fined by PSNI for travelling from Belfast to the Lisburn Council area to use a Household Recycling Centre as an unnecessary journey.
“Further to that, Lisburn and Castlereagh recycling centres are conducting spot checks, so if you cannot show that you’re a resident of the Council area, you may be turned away from the facility.
“I appreciate that Cllr Baker was talking about people living in the Colin area of Belfast. However, he has a responsibility to the people of Belfast as a whole and as Lord Mayor we expect a consistent message from him during this public health crisis.
“People must stay at home except for essential travel. Travelling to use a Household Recycling Centre in a neighbouring Council area is not essential travel.
“There’s been enough mixed messaging and unclear direction of late from people who should be well briefed and well versed on this pandemic.
“The Lord Mayor of Belfast must be firm and consistent in the message - stay home, stay safe and protect our NHS.”