Utilities Need Significant Upgrades As New Regulations Imposed

power station 1The islands’ ageing utility infrastructure is likely to need an injection of both public and private cash to bring it up to the legal standards expected in the rest of the UK.

That’s the view of consultants Ash Futures in their Economic Plan, produced for the Council.

The report says a long-term solution is needed for the aging sewerage system in Hugh Town.

The Council is currently working with Defra on a £4m investment project to upgrade the screening and outfall pipe at Morning Point.

But a better method of treatment for Hugh Town is likely to be needed in the future together with new solutions for St Martin’s, St Agnes and Bryher.

That could cost up to £15m with the money coming from the Local Enterprise Partnership.

But businesses in Hugh Town could also be asked to help pay for grease traps to be fitted in their premises, to avoid blockages to the sewers.

Ash Futures says the Duchy wants to provide desalination plants for St Agnes and St Martin’s, to move away from using boreholes, which are at risk of contamination from agriculture, overtopping seawater and septic tanks.

The Council provides water services on Bryher and the consultants say the authority is likely to do the same there.

But it isn’t just the water system that needs attention.

The undersea electricity cable has reached the end of its predicted 25-year lifespan and will need replacing in the future, at a cost of £25m.

There’ll also need to be a new standby generator. The cost for those will have to be borne by Western Power who looks after our electricity infrastructure.

The report also says there’s potential for more renewable energy generation on the islands, including solar, wave and ocean thermal energy.

There’s already a plan to install an innovative wave energy system in the sea south of the airport but this is dependent on Crown Estates granting a permit for the work.


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