May 24 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
COUNCIL bosses are hoping a new £25,000 sanitation point on the Old River Nene in March will encourage tourism in the town and boost the economy.
After the 25-year-old pump broke down in January, the river has been without a facility to remove waste, including toilet waste, from the water causing untold environmental damage.
And river users have told the council if the Nene was left without a pump it would put people off visiting March and would pollute the river.
The sanitation point, before closure, comprised of a chemical toilet and pump out facility for boats, drinking water and rubbish collection for passing boats.
A report to Thursday’s Fenland District Council cabinet meeting said: “Users suggest a pump out in town encourages tourist boats to spent more time and therefore money.
“They conclude that closure of the facility is detrimental to tourism in March.”
Its closure meant boats had to travel a further six hours to Peterborough or Denver.
The pump will cost £5,000 to run a year but could make as much in fees.
It could be ready to use by October if approved by cabinet on Thurday.