Council Tight Lipped On Porthmellon Water Measures

porthmellon innovation centre Aug 2015The Council won’t say what measures they’ve installed in their new Porthmellon Innovation Centre to allow the reuse of rainwater.

Last November, councillors rejected a request by the project manager to remove a planning condition that stated water harvesting had to be incorporated in the scheme.

This was originally planned to be a tank, sunk into the ground that captured water for use in activities like flushing toilets.

It was designed to reduce the amount of water used in the building, but engineers ran into problems with that approach.

At the time, Council Chairman Amanda Martin said she couldn’t support removing the measures, because the Authority had to “lead by example.”

Only a few months earlier in August last year, the Council had imposed a hosepipe ban on St Mary’s residents because water supplies were too low.

The refusal meant a replacement for the proposed water harvesting measures needed to be found before the building could be occupied.

It’s not opened yet, even though councillors were told the £1.5m work unit and office facility would be ready in April.

Now officers won’t reveal which water harvesting measures, if any, have actually been installed.

Radio Scilly has contacted the Council’s Press Office three times over the past week but we’ve had no response or acknowledgment of our questions.

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