Local Man Expresses Concern Over Waste Management

Pendrethen Quarry

A St Mary’s man has written to some councillors and the Government outlining his concerns for the ongoing waste management issues on the islands.

Ray Wornes spearheaded opposition to dumping at Bar Point and Pendrethen in the late 1980s, action that led to a public enquiry.

Now he’s concerned at the prospect of inert ash and waste from Moorwell being dumped there or elsewhere on the island.

We understand that SLR, the consultants the Town Hall pay to advise on waste strategy, are currently assessing the merits of different sites and options, although the Town Hall press office states that no reports or options appraisal has been presented and no suitable sites have been determined or excluded.

The Council added that the remit of SLR is to explore possible options for the ‘sensitive reuse of inert materials’ on the islands.

Recently, councillors heard that waste material from Moorwell could not be used to fill and sink the pre-cast bases for the proposed St Mary’s harbour extension because of the risk of chemicals leaking.

Vice chairman of Council Amanda Martin says she’s heard Ray’s concerns over fly ash and waste dumping and she’s taking the matter seriously. She wants the whole issue looked at and future plans monitored very closely.

Amanda says she has not been told about the consultants’ plans or proposals.

Ray says a recent council General Purposes meeting suggested that an additional incinerator site could be sought. He says there should not be a new burner at all, and believes that the gases and smoke released does little to enhance our ecology and promote environmental tourism.

His letter to councillors outlined suggestions for future waste management, including shipping waste to the mainland.

The Council has confirmed that work being undertaken around Bar Point and Pendrethen over the next few weeks won’t be dumping. A new crusher belonging to Diccon Rogers will be breaking up granite, concrete and block materials. Separated screenings of building rubble and some of the blockwork demolished on the sports hall site will be processed for future use.

The Council says this method of recycling is commendable as it avoids carbon debt costs of importing rubble material for building.

The equipment for this project was part-funded by Local Action Group funding.


6 Responses to Local Man Expresses Concern Over Waste Management

  1. sadporth August 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    why is the council paying to have local granite crushed? surely this could be used facing the new amenities block in keeping with all the other new build on the sea front

  2. Cassandra August 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I understood that the granite for Bishop Rock was from Ireland.

  3. IanT August 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Since all the old granite was surely quarried on the islands why not re-open an old quarry or start a new one? Was the granite for the Bishop Rock light imported? Seems unlikely but maybe so. Whatever, opening a quarry would provide some much needed year-round jobs and solve the problem.

  4. Steve Att August 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Didn’t the granite come from previous buildings? so it was build quality.

  5. Jeremy Kyle August 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

    The granite was probably not fit for purpose, possibly too much Mica in it, too many veins etc…? You know the type, sometimes you can pick up a piece of granite and break it apart in your hands. Therefore the only good use out of this material is to crush it and use it for aggregate or something. Pendrethen quarry is already a landfill site from all of the Duchy projects that happended a few years back using the contractors Connaught, I think there’s also a couple of buses and cars underneath all that as well!

  6. Mark Prebble August 17, 2012 at 7:28 am

    We have been given the impression that the council, through the AONB team, are currently unable to develop a restoration programme for our stone walls due to the lack of stone available, see Trevor Kirk’s comment at http://www.scillytoday.com/2012/06/19/aonb-study-highlights-importance-of-dry-stone-walls/ . We now find out that a contract to crush granite has been awarded to a local contractor. It may be that this material is not suitable for restoration work on field walls but surely the need to preserve material essential for maintaining our landscape carries some importance.
    This council’s lack of a coherent and effective policy on recycling, whatever the material, appears to be leading to the squandering of scarce natural resources once considered essential to life on these islands.
    The prospect of dumping in our environment inert waste that is considered unsuitable for construction materials is a worrying one and an issue that I trust council members and the community will be kept fully informed on.