Council Seeks Funding For New Litter Bins

litter bin strandSt Mary’s could get new, high quality litter bins after the Council has heard these could be eligible for AONB sustainable development funding.

The wooden bins, similar to those installed in the newly redeveloped Porthcressa area, are estimated to cost in the region of £18,000.

At Wednesday’s AONB Joint Advisory Group meeting, Council representative David Senior, said half of that could be funded from the SDF scheme.

There had been some concern that this wouldn’t be possible as the rules didn’t allow funding if it was a statutory responsibility of the Council.

But, David says that means the Council would still need to find the remaining £9,000 and it couldn’t afford that out of it’s own budgets.

David says he’s looking for other public or private sector organisations, such as the Duchy of Cornwall and the Tourist Board, to help fund this and he’d know whether this was possible by the end of this month.

At an earlier meeting, Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden, said surveys that had been performed for the AONB early last decade had criticised some of the street furniture in Hugh Town and he said there was a desire to make this more appropriate for the setting.


9 Responses to Council Seeks Funding For New Litter Bins

  1. steveatt January 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Constructive criticism is always welcome – but would the person who looks into Bin procurement have much effect on most of the things on Nobby’s list.

    • Nobby Nobbs January 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Triage; is the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their condition. This rations patient treatment efficiently when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately.

      The same could be said to apply to a local authority in crisis

  2. local January 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    why does everything the council seem to buy revolve around grant/fund money ?

    where does our council tax actually go ?

    agree with N Nobbs though.

  3. Fred Colon January 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    You make several very good points Nobby,
    Have you considered offering your talent for common sense to the council in some degree or another?.
    I’m sure the post of officer for the bleed’in obvious is still vacant

  4. LINDYLOU January 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm


  5. Nobby Nobbs January 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    The Runway is in need of urgent repair
    The transport links to the islands are tenuous
    The Moreswell alp is still an alp
    The towns sewage system is continually breaking down
    The School is without a headmaster
    The council is without a chief exec
    The tourist footfall is in decline
    and I can’t stress this enough… we need some new bins!

    Talk about fiddling while Rome burns
    Get your priority’s right

    • Adam Morton,St.Martins January 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Much though I don’t rate contributions from those unwilling to put their own name , I can only agree. and thats before I start on the fact that all problems on St.Marys are even worse and more expensive by the time they reach the off islands.

    • Katie F January 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Presumably the state of the bins might have a detrimental effect on tourist footfall though, Nobby? As funding is ringfenced for this sort of thing, I guess that I’m happy that our council is being proactive and seeking funding rather than resting on its laurels and not… Imagine the backlash if you’d discovered that the funding had been available but had all gone to Roche/Ventongimps/(perhaps more realistically!) St Ives rather than the IOS because our council hadn’t been proactive.

  6. John Dean January 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Is it possible for the litter bins to be designed so that the seagulls cannot get to the fish and chips?

    (In Canada, they have bear-proof bins, with a catch on them that the bears can’t undo. Something similar would be useful for Scilly)