Managers Tight-Lipped Over Quay Overspend In Scilly
Radio Scilly understands that the scheme has gone massively over its £8 million budget with some interested parties claiming the cost has double to £16 million.
Earlier this year there was dialogue with the government over extra cash for the works.
We asked Kier Construction, Cornwall Council and Mace, the company overseeing the quay works, to confirm whether the £16 million sum being discussed is accurate.
Phil Osmond, Senior Project Manager for Mace, says he can’t comment because of commercial considerations.
Cornwall Council says they can’t discuss figures because final sums can’t be calculated until the works end. But they have confirmed that costs are higher than expected.
Cornwall says the contract between the mainland authority and Kier, as the contractor, will be used to determine how any additional costs are apportioned.
The main delay has been caused by the contamination discovered in the area where the quay will be widened.
An alternative construction method that doesn’t risk releasing pollutants has now been accepted.
Phil Osmond says the works will be completed and will be of great benefit to the Isles of Scilly for many years to come.