Tresco Residents Petition Council Over Waste Management

New Grimsby, Tresco

Every Tresco resident and independent business has signed a petition demanding that the island is treated fairly by the Council’s waste policy.

In a letter to all members, Tresco councillors Mike Nelhams and Robert Dorrien-Smith explain that this 46-signature petition was created when islanders heard that the chief technical officer, Neville Gardner, had allegedly instructed the Council’s waste consultants SLR to exclude Tresco from their report to Defra.

That report brought about Defra’s waste management grant for all the islands.

The Town Hall deny that any instruction has been given to exclude Tresco from the consultants report and say SLR visited Tresco on several occasions. They add that Mr Gardner took Defra minister Lord Taylor to Tresco to show him the recycling facilities.

The Tresco councillors say that it’s been a longstanding grievance that council tax payers there pay the same as all other islanders, but receive no waste management services from the Council.  It’s the Estate that provides collection, separation, recycling and composting services at no charge to islanders and independent businesses on Tresco.

The Town Hall acknowledged that Tresco is a private estate and this creates unique issues and challenges with waste.

They say they do dispose of some Tresco waste and although the island doesn’t receive all the services available elsewhere, no commercial operation has ever been charged on Tresco by the Council.

However, the Tresco councillors want the situation addressed.

Council press officer George Pearson says they are in discussion with Defra to address the concerns of residents on Tresco and says they’ll liaise closely with the councillors to ensure that the best possible solution for all the islands can be reached.

The scope of funding and work that could be undertaken on Tresco is yet to be determined and they say discussions are open.


4 Responses to Tresco Residents Petition Council Over Waste Management

  1. Jenny September 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I am amazed at some of the responses the I.O.S Council make, whether it is about the School, dumping at Pendrethan or Tresco waste. The Duchy of Cornwall are a private estate, with holidays lets and tenants, owning a good part of St Mary’s, St Agnes, Bryher and St Martins. So what is the difference between Dorien Smith’s empire and the Duke if Cornwall’s in regard to their waste collection. There appears to be no issue in dealing the Duke of Cornwall’s private estates, but on Tresco there is.

  2. Simon September 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Maybe I should have a council tax reduction as I don’t have any children at the school? What about people who don’t use the cemetery, or The adult learning stuff, or the playpark, or Park House, surely they should all have a reduction on their council tax. NO. We pool our resources through tax and each make a different use of the councils services whether it is the school boats, refuse collection or pot hole filling. Stop whining Tresco and enjoy what you have

    • Adam Morton,St.Martins September 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

      On the other hand if you live on St.Marys you do have direct access to all facilities, your streets swept & lit ,your bins emptied which is precisly what the issue is on the off islands we dont! Im not aware that our tax is used to fund the cemetery or play park.I dont doubt to provide a service on the off islands costs more but the point is what do we get?,You on St.Marys decided to build the school there so now we all have to pay for boats to St.Marys,You have the rubbish facilites so now we must send our rubbish to St.Marys,The council says we may not burn our cardboard & packaging so it must be shipped to St.Marys Try reversing everything and we would soon see who was whining most! Yes St.Marys is biggest so we must all play it their way, they stand still and let everyone come to them and pay for the privialidge whilst not getting what every/most St.Marys persons takes for granted.Baisicly the council says all our share is blown on shipping our bins to St.Marys so thers nothing left yet when St.Marys ships it to the Mainland they go begging to the government “coz their an island and its not fair” I suspect that if Tresco got some help say funding a new glass crusher or incinerator theyd probably be happy -er, or just somthing/anything?I know this is generalisation but the ammount of off island bashing we see on here realy spells out the ignorance of the realities of off island life.I just love the way you see a school boat so that the children can go to the school you built on St.Marys as a “service”its a right in the rest of the country!

  3. Steve Att September 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Guess that means that Tresco can also be considered as a new site for the Moorwell Alp?