Moorwell Alp Removal To Start Later Than Planned

moorwell alp 2The work to remove the Moorwell Alp, the islands’ mound of legacy waste, will start later than expected.

It was meant to begin this month but the Council has just opened up the job for tender.

Cllr Steve Sims, who chairs the General Purposes Committee, which looks after waste management, says he’s pleased that the project is underway but disappointed it wasn’t sooner.

Steve says the tenders won’t be in until the 29th October, which means the removal is unlikely to start much before Christmas.

The work is expected to be completed by March and will involve removing much of the bulky waste currently stored on St Mary’s to a licensed disposal site on the mainland.

The contract opportunity can be found on the Council’s website.

Steve says councillors don’t get involved in the tender process but he hopes that applicants will remove waste to the mainland by boat from Porthmellon, rather than carry loads of rubbish through the town and to the quay.

Steve says some islanders have approached him with concerns that rats could be a problem when the dump is dislodged.

He says the pile will be reduced slowly, so he doesn’t feel it will create as much of a problem as a rapid removal would and he’s expecting some form of pest control to be put in place.

During a meeting with the Environment Agency on St Mary’s last week, officers told Steve that Scilly has the opportunity to become a model for waste management, something that Cllr Sims says is “arguably not the case at present.”