Council To Retender St Martin’s Waste Management Contract

The refuse site on St Martin's

The refuse site on St Martin’s

The contract to deal with rubbish on St Martin’s is to be retendered following criticism by councillors about the cost.

It’s part of a plan to upgrade facilities at the waste management site on the island.

Director of Place Craig Dryden, speaking at the Council’s General Purposes Committee, said work on St Martin’s was lagging behind the recent improvements on St Agnes and Bryher.

New fencing will be installed around the whole site, and vegetation and banking will be cut back.

There’ll also be a new hardstanding for vehicles to park on and a metal platform fitted to provide access to the containers for bulky waste and recyclables.

Craig said the site needs urgent redevelopment and better organisation, and the changes would make it more efficient and cost effective.

Cllr Richard McCarthy was pleased to see that the contract to manage the site was being retendered.

He said it, “looks odd” that their budget is over twice the cost of the other off-islands.

Cllr Colin Daly said the site is “a terrible mess” and St Martin’s residents were keen to see this go ahead, but asked when it was likely to be completed.

Craig said it will depend on the tendering process but could take up to 12 months.

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