MP Says South West Water Interested In Running Scilly’s Supply

MP Andrew George

MP Andrew George

Scilly’s MP says South West Water is interested in taking on Scilly’s water and sewerage infrastructure.

Andrew George says he’s had discussions with the company’s Chief Executive, Chris Loughlin, who has indicated that he would ‘look favourably’ at any approach by the Council.

Andrew says the cost of running our water and sewage systems would be “a drop in the ocean” for the company and they could easily absorb us into their investment plans.

And he says he’ll be encouraging the Council, the Duchy, Tresco and local residents to consider this option.

Andrew says there needs to be multimillion pound levels of investment to bring our water infrastructure up to scratch and it will challenging for the islands to manage that on our.

He said he’s still seeking government support to meet those costs.

But privatising Scilly’s services “25 years later than the mainland” could be the best option financially, he says.

Andrew feels that South West Water “has been in this game long enough” to know that the government wouldn’t fully underwrite the investment needed to upgrade our infrastructure.

Defra will be looking to the company to provide the capital, he says.

Andrew says local water rate payers should have the final decision.

They need to have confidence in the service, he says, whether it’s run by South West Water or by the Council.



8 Responses to MP Says South West Water Interested In Running Scilly’s Supply

  1. Thomasina Cairns March 29, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I feel people posting here are reacting without understanding the facts . Some may be scared by the thought of South west Waters involvement I think it could be a positive for the Islands . Water Monkey is right , here in Cornwall we have to use S W Water & those who use the least have a meter fitted & pay accordingly . Certainly I think its a great idea for the Islands .

  2. N Tebbit March 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I have to agree with water Monkey, a privatised water industry would be much more efficient for the shareholder.

  3. Lawrence Hearn March 26, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Water is a basic human right and should never be put into private control. The people of Scilly would be ill advised to continue with the neocon recipe for disaster espoused by the ConDem coalition buffoons. Even the reactionary rightwing idiots that run America don’t go that far.

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins March 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      What you think it just comes out of the ground for free do you? Speaking as someone who manages their own supply I can tell you that it costs several hundred a year in electricity to pump and filter it and very much more in labour ,pipes ,pumps and tanks.In reality we would be subsidised by the mainland. I am not keen to see it farmed out to SWW either as we know that all such organisations are staffed by left wing workers who will drive up costs while they all get their pound of flesh! Thank goodness Lab and the other joke parties only get 20% of the vote combined down here are we would all be bankrupt! Vote Lib to keep out the nasty party 🙂

      • Frank Jones March 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm

        I think you need to get out more! What evidence have you that SWW is “staffed by left wing workers who will drive up costs while they get their pound of flesh”, whatever that means? It is the greedy bosses and their shareholders who benefit from public utilities being privatised. Customers – the public are the ones who provide the ‘pound of flesh’ which certainly does not go to fund extravagant wages for the ordinary worker.

        • Adam Morton, St.Martins March 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

          Oh come on! A stupid comment deserves a stupid answer. They really should teach basic economics in school. If you are that worried about overpaid people ,how about campaigning against the disproportionate salaries awarded to footballers and TV presenters? It would take the average person 800-1000 years to earn the same annual salary, are you telling me they are 1000 times better at their job or 1000 times more skilled? I will simplify it for you; the IOSSSco is a private company with a 12m turnover -the figures are available on line. If you counted all that as ticket sales (which its not) out of an average £80 ticket ;77p of the cost would be dividends and a further £1.16 in directors salaries.£3.31 is profit for reinvestment, £31 goes in wages to the poor downtrodden workers and the rest in other running costs so you see, what you say about greedy bosses and shareholders will make almost zero difference to the cost of a service to you! The model will of course vary slightly.

    • Water Monkey March 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

      No no no Lawrence no – this a good opportunity to invest in a well run company. The facilities for the island will be better, the investors will get a good return. What’s wrong with that?

  4. Water boy March 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    This is exactly what we don’t want the country to keep doing, privatising of services so as to only benefit the rich! I’m sure south west water could easily absorb the cost of running our water and sewerage on Scilly, by charging us a heck of a lot more for the privilege! Just say no people.