Council Considering Waste Forum

Waste management site at Moorwell

Waste management site at Moorwell

The Council is considering setting up a forum to discuss waste.

There have been calls for further community consultation after controversial options for using Pendrathen and Porth Wreck as potential storage areas for inert waste were revealed.

On 7th March the current Chairman of the General Purposes committee, Fred Ticehurst, rejected a formal request to consider creating a Council waste subcommittee. But Town Hall officers now say there is potential for a body similar to the Moorwell Improvement Group, set up by Pilot’s Retreat and Jackson’s Hill residents.

They’ve been pushing for a separate access road to the dump, although it’s uncertain whether that idea or Pendrathen’s use will feature in the consultant’s recommendations.

Chief Technical Officer Neville Gardner says their report hasn’t been completed so the Council doesn’t know what is being suggested for future waste management. Andy Street of SLR says their findings will be shared with Council officers this week.

Press Officer George Pearson says it’s likely that the first General Purposes committee meeting of the new Council, formed after the May elections, will discuss the SLR plan.

Andy Street says a number of positive suggestions have emerged through the consultation process and it’s been, “a very worthwhile exercise.” The Council believe that the Moorwell access road was one of those positive ideas.

SLR also say they want to engage with key stakeholders on a regular basis to make sure they’re fully aware of progress and so their views can be taken on board in shaping and delivering the waste plan.

4 Responses to Council Considering Waste Forum

  1. Nobby Nobbs April 23, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I was on the mainland a short while ago, and while travelling through the countryside I noticed some rather pleasant rolling hills with a number of steel pipes planted within them, atop of which were spinning aspirators as can be found upon chimneys to encourage updraught.
    Why would a green hillock need updraught I thought to my self?.
    However because I am an intelligent person, I worked out that the green hills where in fact landfill sites that had been grassed over and the aspirators were removing the build up of methane and other potentially explosive gases.

    It occurred to me that perhaps this is a good way to deal with our rubbish, it does deal with the problem and it does look rather nice.
    Once the Moorswell alp has been decontaminated, I suggest that what’s left is moved somewhere like the swamp at the end of Trenches lane and is covered over with topsoil and turf.
    Not only would this deal with the problem, but would also produce a pleasant hill on which to sit, perhaps even trees could be planted providing shade under which one could read a book or partake of a picnic, or just lye on ones back and watch the clouds drift by.

  2. john allsop April 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Studying what to do with waste. Hasn,t this been done enough. Can you think it can be dumped for ever on the islands, it has to be removed to a place that will recycle and use what can,t be recycled for the production of fuel as it decomposes or just land fill. The islands are just not big enough to contain it and if dumping on the islands continues as the dump grows the visitors will decline.It will cost but dumping will eventually cost more.

  3. Martin Goodey April 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Strikes me that if the residents of Pilots retreat feel aggrieved at having to live with the dump nearby then the residents of Mc Farland’s Down would be quite right to feel equally aggrieved at the thought of having it near them.
    Moving the dump is not solving the problem, simply shifting it somewhere else.

    • Adam Morton,St.Martins April 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      I was under the impression that there was a move to shift building rubble to the quarry at pendrethan. Is this incorrect?