St Martin’s Waste Problems To Be Resolved In New Year

The refuse site on St Martin's

The refuse site on St Martin’s

Problems with the waste site on St Martin’s are likely to be resolved in the New Year.

In last week’s Full Council meeting Cllr Christine Savill voiced concern at the lack of progress.

Back in July, Andy Street of SLR waste consultants told councillors that he hoped the site issues would be resolved within a month.

Council Chair Amanda Martin cautioned against making commitments that weren’t upheld.

But yesterday, Director of Place Craig Dryden told Radio Scilly he’s proposing spending some money on site reorganisation at the next General Purposes meeting.

There would be separate areas for different types of waste, similar to the Bryher and St Agnes facilities.

Craig said that would make it “look nicer” although the Council would have to find a contractor for the work. That lengthy process means the work might not be finished by the start of the visitor season.

Cllr Colin Daly has criticised the refuse facility appearance and recently claimed that it’s becoming a mini Moorwell with sprawling waste.

A St Martin’s island meeting at the start of the year heard locals speak out against bringing in a gated site, like other off islands.

But Colin says that’s now part of the proposal because of safety concerns, after children were found breaking fluorescent tubes on the site.

He says islanders are trying to be responsible about their waste, but there haven’t been clearly-labelled places to put it.