The 14 projects that are outlined are all similar in scale and budgetary requirement. All fourteen have gone through an evaluation of need and value for money. The figures below are all robust and will see valuable work achieved. Funds donated towards a specific area of work are ring fenced and accounted for as such.
Project need and viability 200
Information gathering 500
Site visits 500
Meetings with stakeholders and regulators 500
Printing and binding 700
Staff time 2,250
Major Projects in the UK.
1/ Carnan Valley Project, Cornwall.
The Carnon Valley is one of the most polluted river valleys in Europe. Pollutants include Zinc, Iron, Copper, and Arsenic; other metals are also present at elevated levels. Ownership of over 100 acres is vested with the Environment Agency, reluctantly but wishing to divest themselves of the liability.
The Agency owns a minewater remediation pilot plant covering over 1/4 of a mile stretch of land adjacent to the main site. This is now derelict though much could still be learnt from what is now taking place onsite unstudied.
Two areas of research could be carried out on site with Environment Agency agreement. 1/ flora and fauna of the minewater remediation site. Changes since last monitored in 2002. This project would be in conjunction with the Combined Universities in Cornwall, Imperial College and Nottingham University. 2/ metal – rich contamination remediation trial site, again involving the same academic organisations. The decontamination industry could demonstrate their technologies at cost less than elsewhere with the supervision of the Environment Agency as their landlord and academically robust review of their demonstrations.
To bring the site up to a safe working environment a feasibility and general study of the site would have to be carried out.
The needs for the site would require to be accessed with the owner and all stakeholders with an interest in the site.
Safety analysis, overview
of site by specialist academics
and accountant. Ten days 10,000
Overview of future of the
Site regarding ‘value for
money’ principles. Six days. 5,000
Assessment of costs regarding
legal decommissioning and
site clearance. Three days. 2,000
Production of report. Ten days 5,000
Publication of report. 3,000
Distribution for consultation. 1,000
responses. Five days 2,500
Meeting, preparation and delivery. 5,000
These actions would need to be carried out before any further work could be done on the site. The fact that it belongs to the nation is an issue that many organisations wish to hide or at least obscure.
The budget for positive future uses cannot be even guessed at until this program has taken place.
2/ River Thames Overview.
The purpose of this project is to ascertain and audit the costs and consider the ‘value for money’ that has been expended by all those organisations that have an interest in managing the Thames river system. Bodies such as the Port of London Authority, regional internal drainage boards, Environment Agency, local authorities, riparian owners and fishing organisations, Thames Water and others will need to be involved in the research; longstanding agreements exist to aid the work outlined.
This exercise will consider briefly the nature and conditions of the river both historically and at the moment of research. Plans for future river development, hydro, wetland habitat or major river side project would be included.
Within this proposed research there would be a consideration of possible economic uses for the waterway and their values to the region and to the environment as a negative or positive impact.
The whole piece of work would be published and presented at the House of Commons.
The main expenses attributable to this piece of work will be staff time, and that is reliant on stakeholders’ co-operation and ability to supply information. Secondly the next expense is bringing together reports and other published works that have a bearing on the issues involved. Travel costs will not be considerable. Publication is an expense that has to be accepted, as to place the work on the internet only will limit its accessibility.
Travel costs 3,000
Literature, maps and plans 1,500
Library loans (academic) 750
Staff time 4 months 6,000
Office costs 500