Nesting Birds Delay Incinerator Demolition
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.