No Money For Scilly’s Sewers As LEP Signs ‘Growth Deal’ With Government

sewer problem point in hugh stSt Mary’s sewer improvements won’t be funded from a share of a £200m  package announced yesterday.

The ‘Growth Deal’ has been signed by the Cornwall and Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership but the part of the bid for up to £15m to renew the island’s aging sewerage infrastructure hasn’t been successful at the moment.

In February, the Council’s Diana Mompoloki warned that Scilly’s water and sewerage systems needed upgrading as they could soon be falling under more rigorous national and EU regulation.

And in April, LEP Chief Executive Sandra Rothwell told Radio Scilly that without adequate infrastructure for water and waste, the islands’ economic growth could be held back. When the funding on offer was first detailed, the LEP said that the government understood “the crucial need to invest in sewerage and water facilities in Scilly.”

Although there’s no cash coming in this round of funding, the agreement says that the government and the LEP recognise money is needed to meet modern water and sewerage standards.

The agreement commits the Government to continue working with the LEP to “consider options” but says at this stage they cannot pre-empt any decisions.

While the vast majority of the infrastructure funding is going to Cornwall, islanders and visitors could potentially benefit from almost £7m worth of upgrades to the Night Riviera Sleeper train from Penzance as well as railway line signalling improvements.

After the announcement, Scilly’s MP Andrew George urged government Minister Greg Clark to fast track the improvements.

Our MP says there’s still a need to improve our rolling stock and infrastructure. He argues that it’s only fair that the southwest gets support when the government is spending billions on the high-speed rail link, HS2, from London to the Midlands.

We emailed LEP boss Sandra Rothwell for a comment yesterday. We’ll bring you her response when she replies.

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