Sewerage Rethink Could Save Council £600,000

hugh town from BuzzaThe Council could save around £600,00 on major sewerage works with an idea that came to an officer in the middle of the night.

Defra has given the islands £1m to replace the 1930’s rising main from the pumping station, build a screening plant to remove solid waste and construct a new sea outfall pipe at Morning Point.

Earlier this year, Chief Technical Officer Neville Gardner told councillors that they might have to hand it back, because it wasn’t enough to pay for costly new pipe work under the Garrison walls.

And several members raised concerns about disturbing the important archaeological site.

The original scheme also required a new screening tank to be built within the walls, behind Trinity Cottages.

But now Mr Gardner says a “cunning plan” to use an old, disused storage chamber, came to him during a sleepless night.

It means an existing pipeline could be used and would only require minimal disruption to the wall.

The scheme will still need to be checked by consultants to ensure it will work, but Neville says it could save a large proportion of the cost.

Council Chairman Amanda Martin said the consultants shouldn’t be handed a ‘carte blanche’ and wanted them to keep an eye on the budget.

She also asked for English Heritage to check the plans. They’ve offered to provide their knowledge on the Garrison for free.

It was Neville’s last committee meeting after 39 years in the Council’s Technical Services department.

Chairman Steve Sims thanked him for everything had had done for the authority.

He said, tongue in cheek, that while budget cuts meant he wouldn’t be getting a clock, he was welcome to put the incinerator in his back garden when it was decommissioned.

He said he was sure Neville’s wife, Alison, wouldn’t mind.