Manx Utilities has revealed it is entering the final stage of solving sewage issues in Peel, Laxey and Baldrine.

Options are being fully assessed for local treatment works’ locations as well as pump away solutions to establish a positive outcome as soon as possible. For more info, see here.

The authority released the update on its website where it said it has been through a ‘rigourous coarse screening process’ that looked at at over 40 potential sites.

This process scored the sites by looking at adequate space, zoning/land use, proximity to residential areas, access, conservation, topography and ecological barriers.

Plans for Peel include five sites which are currently under consideration including one option that would see pumping into Meary Veg or IRIS. While in Garff, Manx Utilities is also looking at five sites which could include a combined site for Baldrine and Laxey and will also consider pumping to Meary Veg

Manx Utilities said: ‘For each area the coarse screening exercise has led to the selection of a small number of options which are now being looked at in more detail in order to determine the preferred solution to take forward. A concept design (comprising site layout and pipeline routes) for each option has been created and a desktop environmental review has been completed (including carbon footprint calculations) to allow a further ‘fine screening’ assessment to be undertaken which adds a further level of rigour where the following criteria are being assessed in greater detail:

  • Land use/zoning
  • Future growth capacity
  • Proximity to residential areas
  • Environmental impact
  • Carbon cost
  • Access
  • Complexity & deliverability
  • Community opportunity & benefit.’

Shortlisted Sites

Manx Utilities said that each of the shortlisted sites are being assessed for both regional and pump away solutions with these considered against the ‘whole life’ costs of 25 and 50 years.

It said the cost and quality scored would be measures with a 70:30 ration in favour of quality to ensure the best solution is chosen, not merely the cheapest. And added: ‘This is one of the most comprehensive reviews of sites and solutions that Manx Utilities have undertaken and each site has to be considered individually and in some cases in combination.’

The authority says it intends to have preferred options for all areas identified by the end of March, which is also subject to land owner engagement. It plans to have completed all works by the end of 2024.

Peel

  • Five preferred sites for local treatment are now under consideration with concept designs complete
  • Discussions with landowners have commenced to help determine the viability of each option
  • Two alternate pumping options are being reviewed (into the IRIS network and direct to Meary Veg)
  • The need for extension, replacement or relocation of the outfall pipe for all solutions is being reviewed
  • Options for short term improvement are being investigated
  • A ‘Peel Consultative Group’ is being set up to improve community liaison
  • It is currently planned for the Raggatt Leachate issue to be resolved as part of this project
  • The pipeline scheme along East Quay is ongoing. This scheme is critical to the delivery of all options
  • Issues identified with the unsuccessful planning application for a works at Glenfaba House will be considered prior to any further application being made for any site;
  • Further public consultation will be undertaken prior to any planning applications being submitted

Garff

  • Five preferred options for local treatment are now under consideration with concept designs complete. This includes options for a combined works located between Laxey and Baldrine
  • Discussions with landowners have commenced to help determine the viability of each option
  • The pump to Meary Veg option is being reviewed with various pipeline routes being considered
  • The need for extension, replacement or relocation of the outfall pipes at Laxey and Baldrine for all solutions are being reviewed
  • Options for short term improvement have been investigated but none identified as offering significant benefit
  • Issues identified with the failed planning application for a works in Laxey will be considered prior to any further application being made for any site
  • Further public consultation will be undertaken prior to any planning applications being submitted

The authority says that solving these issues are a ‘matter of national importance’ for a variety of reasons, including bathing water quality.

For more info, see here.

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