Islander Calls On Council To Fight Harder For Scilly Over Water Changes
Cllr Amanda Martin was speaking at last week’s public meeting on St Mary’s, where she told attendees that just fixing Hugh Town would coast £8m and it would be impossible for the Council to borrow that sort of money.
“Imagine how much that would put on our bills,” said Amanda.
But Council Vice Chairman Steve Sims did come up with a figure. He said it would raise the amount each household had to pay every year by £2,000.
Steve said it would be, “much more effective to evacuate the place.”
The comments followed a question by islander Mary Cleveland, who asked why the authority wasn’t fighting the islands’ corner for special exemptions or grants in the way that former officers and members had.
Mary felt we should resist any new legislation, unless it was right for Scilly and that islanders didn’t want to “go in with Southwest Water,” who have some of the highest charges in the country.
Senior Infrastructure Manager Craig Dryden said the Council has made it clear to Defra that they won’t “just roll over and accept legislation” if complying with those new laws means it’s “completely unaffordable to the community.”
Mary was also concerned that the newly resurfaced roads would need to be dug up to improve our water and sewerage system.
Cllr Martin said there was “no desire” to do that and hoped that as much of the pipework as possible could go under the pavements, which she said everyone would agree, “need some TLC.”
Craig also told people at the meeting that Porthcressa Beach could potentially meet the ‘blue flag’ criteria, demonstrating that it was suitable for bathing, but that was unlikely at the moment due to sewerage discharges at Morning Point.
But he said when the water has been tested in the past it has been good quality, probably due tidal surges and the relatively small size of the islands.