One of our regular readers, Richard Geering, has sent us a copy of his objection to the proposed Campervan Waste Disposal application for a site by the Maggot car park.
The proposed site is adjacent to the River Nairn, Nairn Harbour and approximately 500m from two wonderful 'blue flag' beaches (Central and East). The location put forward in the application is beside an existing Caravan Park business where there is a restaurant and an indoor swimming pool, as well as many other facilities for visitors to the area.
The Placemaking Priorities identified in a recent report to the Nairnshire Committee includes the following relevant priorities:
Further regenerate and enhance the harbour as a leisure and tourist destination and create better connections with the town centre.
Concerted effort to maintain, and improve wherever possible, the water quality of the beaches in Nairn
An area vulnerable to flooding in Nairn has been identified by SEPA and it is recognised that sea levels are rising. Installing a permanent waste disposal facility for controlled waste that is potentially going to be inundated by flooding needs to be avoided in line with a robust precautionary approach.
LOCATION/PROXIMITY TO WASTE WATER TREATMENT WORKS
Scottish Water make it very clear in their guidance that it is best to consider sites that are within the area served by the public sewer network, but some distance from the local Waste Water Treatment Works. Without sufficient dilution, some of the chemicals present in black water can harm good bacteria that form part of the treatment process. Scottish Water states if the site is close to the WWTW, the black water might not be diluted enough when it reaches the works. This could affect the ability of the WWTW to treat waste water to the required standard before effluent is returned to rivers or the sea.
The location of the proposed campervan waste disposal hut, and associated works, is very close to the WWTW and therefore adequate dilution will not be ensured for the required effluent standard from the WWTW."