Cost of North Somerset Council managing Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:57 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:17 13 February 2017

Parish Wharf Nature Reserve.

Parish Wharf Nature Reserve.

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The cost of North Somerset Council managing Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve has been revealed.

Last year North Somerset Council incurred costs of about £36,000 for the work its contractor Glendale did at the environmental site.

It was the first year North Somerset had run the reserve since landowner Persimmon Homes decided not to renew Avon and Wildlife Trust’s contract at the end of 2015.

The council has since agreed to adopt the land from Persimmon but the legal paperwork has not yet been completed. As a result, the costs incurred by the council at this stage are being passed on to Persimmon.

The council hopes, as part of the adoption deal, to gain £300-400,000 in unspent money earmarked for the reserve which had been paid by levypayers living in and around Portishead marina in recent years.

If it can accrue that cash, then the council has argued it would be about 10 years until public funds need to be used to fund maintenance of the nature reserve.


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