Hopes That Contamination Won’t Delay St Mary’s Quay Works

quay works 2014It’s hoped that the discovery of contamination at St Mary’s Quay won’t delay or jeopardise the harbour improvement project.

Radio Scilly understands that higher levels than expected of legacy pollution have been found in samples of sand and silt taken between the fuel yard and the Mermaid car park. That’s the area which was due to be widened.

In a statement Cornwall Council, who are managing the St Mary’s works, say that the Environment Agency and the Marine Management Organisation have been informed.

Discussions are currently taking place to agree plans to remove the material.

Cornwall Council says they are unable to clarify the timescale for carrying out this additional work at this stage but all partners are committed to ensuring that this part of the scheme goes ahead.

They say the remaining elements of the scheme, including the quay extension and improvements to the passenger and freight facilities at St Mary’s, are continuing as planned.

Kier Group have been appointed as contractor for the £7.8m scheme to extend and widen the quay and provide better passenger access and freight storage.

Dredging works had been expected to start imminently. The project has a tight timeline because of European funding requirements and was expected to have been completed by 30th June next year.