Critics are kicking up a stink over the resumption of dredging operations at Peel harbour.
Last year a specially-engineered temporary storage facility was excavated at Poortown to dump the potentially-contaminated silt. But a Public Accounts Committee report concluded the project was mishandled and financial regulations ignored.
On May 12, dredging operations resumed with JCK tasked with removing 2,000-3,000 tonnes of river stone by long reach excavator from alongside the boat park. The stone is taken to JCK’s recycling site where it is washed and graded. The stone is recycled but any silt is taken to Turkeylands which is licensed for temporary storage. The potentially-contaminated material is stored in plastic membranes. Harbours officials hope to resume silt dredging after TT.
But Peel resident Trevor Cowin said: ‘It looks like silt, it smells like silt, it is silt – with some stone mixed into it.’ He said silt was leaking from wagons onto the road. See letters page.