New waste pump for Old River Nene could bump up tourism

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.

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“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.

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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.

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