Nesting Birds Delay Incinerator Demolition

incineratorDemolition of the old incinerator at Moorwell won’t start until October because there are birds nesting in the structure.

The Council’s recent Transport, Economic Development and Infrastructure meeting was told that the original plan was to clear the site by the end of August, in line with Defra funding.

But an ecological assessment has revealed nesting birds in the building, which means it’s been pushed back to the autumn, pending planning approval.

Former Chairman of the General Purpose Committee, Cllr Steve Sims, said he was “bemused” by the delay.

Steve said, “surely if birds haven’t fully fledged by October, then they’ve absolutely had it.”

He said he had spoken to experts who suggested they could be starlings.

The Town Hall has advertised nationally for interested companies to pitch for the work, expected to cost up to £600,000. The winner of that contract is expected to be announced over the next few days.

The incinerator ceased operation in December after the Council decided to ship off waste to the mainland rather than burn it here.

5 Responses to Nesting Birds Delay Incinerator Demolition

  1. Adrian July 15, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Surely a little bit of lateral thinking is required……… a dozen nesting boxes scattered around Moorwell (with all mod con!) would prompt a rapid move by the squatters in the old incinerator and allow it’s removal’

  2. Linguine July 14, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Are the council sure that they are dealing with birds? It seems increasingly likely that there is a flock of consultants up there all with their beaks open waiting for a share of the SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS (for the Linguist) which has been cleverly identified as the available budget….brilliant.

    • Roger Banfield July 14, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Like Linguine, I always thought that no indication of value was to be shown when going out to competitive tender. The purpose is to get the job done for a realistic price, from, as near as possible, a watertight specification of the work entailed. Thus ensuring there is no room for ‘extras’. Perhaps it’s changed since my days of tendering for work.

      Roger Banfield

  3. pgh July 13, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    The longer it stays empty the more wildlife will make their home in the building surely.?
    starlings ? o come on !
    by the time Oct comes about the bats will be in and that’ll be it. May as well give the incinerator listed building status.

    • Todd Stevens July 14, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Spot on! I’ll get my gun!