Water Upgrades Gain Planning Approval

Desalination plant to be replaced

Water supplies on Bryher and St Mary’s will be upgrade following the approval of two new buildings.

A 5m by 3m wooden shed will be built on Bryher to house a new water treatment plant, close to the existing unit at the Water Meadow.

Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden, recommended approval due to the “absolutely significant benefits to the local community” although any decision would be subject to no objections being received during the 21-day statutory period, which is still ongoing.

In a separate application, Councillors approved the installation of a 13m by 8m, timber-clad building to house the new desalination plant on St Mary’s. It will be located next to the existing plant, which will be kept as a chemical and spare part storage area.

Craig recommended approval, again due to the importance of the proposal to the sustainability of the island and the minimal impact it would have on the location, at Mount Todden.

Councillor Richard McCarthy said he felt the Council should be setting an example in the use of renewable energy and asked for solar panels to be placed on the roof. That will be added on the decision notice.