29th June 2020, 13:08
In Parliament it was revealed that one of the partners of the Joint Venture, successful in the tender for the Waste Sewage Plant, has gone into administration. It was also confirmed that an abatement notice has been issued regarding the noise arising from the vibration of the horizontal slats at Midtown with remedial works to start soon.
The Government said it's committed to building the sewage plant as the release of untreated sewage into the sea remains unacceptable. It says alternative arrangements are in the process of being made and that in the meantime, technical works have continued in preparation, and a new design is awaited following comments from the Development and Planning Commission.
On the noise pollution at Midtown, it explains the abatement notice allowed 60 days for works to be carried out to attenuate the noise. Noise consultants were appointed and noise surveys carried out to determine the cause, and propose measures.
The proprietors submitted the survey to the Environmental Agency on the 11th of March. It had found that strong winds passing through the louvres and then the carpark were audible on Queensway. The engineering proposals entailed providing vertical supports to the louvres. An extension of time for compliance with the abatement notice was allowed due to Covid restrictions and a start date for works is to be confirmed soon.