Is­landers’ ap­peal for less se­crecy over Seil sewage pro­pos­als

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SEIL is­landers are ask­ing Scot­tish Wa­ter (SW) to be less se­cre­tive about its sewage plans.

A mem­ber of the eight-strong lo­cal stake­holder group, Anne Marie Robin, told fel­low Seil com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors last Tues­day it was work­ing hard with SW to achieve a ‘fit-for-pur­pose treat­ment plant that does not dam­age the amenity of the is­land or its peo­ple, or pol­lute the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment’.

SW pro­posed three op­tions in Jan­uary to re­place its leak­ing £11m Clachan Seil Waste Wa­ter Works. The group unan­i­mously chose op­tion 1A, which would re­place it with a sep­tic tank/sub­merged aer­ated fil­ter/ UV in the val­ley run­ning up from Balvicar to the Ar­den­caple Road, ‘hid­den, se­cluded, and well away from houses’.

‘The out­fall pipe in [ Balvicar] bay will re­main in use,’ Ms Robin con­tin­ued, with a stand­alone sep­tic tank in­stalled for eight houses at Seav­iew. ‘Al­though we re­gret not be­ing able to share much of the ne­go­ti­a­tions to date, we would ap­pre­ci­ate sup­port and trust from the meet­ing in our pro­mo­tion of this op­tion.’

The meet­ing also heard ‘it is go­ing to cost £4m, or thereby’.

One res­i­dent said he was happy to en­dorse the com­mit­tee, if he could view all three op­tions. Coun­cil­lor Elaine Robertson agreed: ‘I would not ex­pect any­one to en­dorse any- thing they do not know about. They are not giv­ing enough in­for­ma­tion. It is putting the stake­hold­ers into a very dif­fi­cult po­si­tion.’

An­other res­i­dent said: ‘The stake­holder group has been very un­happy with this re­quire­ment of se­crecy. It is from SW that we are told not to give full de­tails.’

Coun­cil­lors re­solved to raise th­ese con­cerns with SW at the next stake­holder meet­ing on Mon­day April 24.

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