Site clearance for old abattoir

MONEY SPINNER?: The old abattoir site is set to be cleared

MONEY SPINNER?: The old abattoir site is set to be cleared

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GOVERNMENT is hoping to increase the value of one of its disused sites by in the region of £300,000.

The Department of Infrastructure wants Tynwald’s permission to demolish the former abattoir in Tromode and create a new brownfield site, to be either reused by government or sold on.

The work would cost £178,000 but valuers have said once it is done the site would be worth £825,000 instead of the £325,000 it would fetch now.

The former abattoir was decommissioned in February after operations were transferred to the new animal waste processing plant.

Buildings on the site are in a dilapidated and unsafe condition.

Should Tynwald approval be granted at next week’s sitting, pre-demolition enabling works to create the base for improved road access on to Ballafletcher Farm Road, using recycling materials from the site, would begin.

The remaining buildings would be demolished, all voids backfilled and the site cleared ready for any future development.

Project manager David Haynes said JCK Ltd would carry out the work after submitting the lowest tender of three. He said, subject to Tynwald approval, the work would begin next month and would be completed by February.

Infrastructure Minister David Cretney said: ‘Now that all of the operations undertaken by the abattoir have been transferred the site in its present condition is life expired and unfit for purpose.

‘Under this scheme the site will be made available for re-utilisation or alternatively be sold as a prime brownfield site with its value significantly increased by these demolition and clearance works.’

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