Clean as a pin and cheap as well

A CLEAN-UP at one of Suffolk's most popular beauty spots cost the taxpayer under half of the estimate due to savings brought about by a partnering scheme.

A CLEAN-UP at one of Suffolk's most popular beauty spots cost the taxpayer under half of the estimate due to savings brought about by a partnering scheme.

Babergh District Council allocated £50,000 towards the cost of clearing five wrecked boats from the shoreline of Pin Mill, but due to the scheme the final cost was less than half this at only £24,875.

After rejecting quotes from Haven Ports Ltd and Shairwood Contractors Ltd, which were thought to be excessive, Ryan Jones, head of technical services, proposed that Babergh remove one of the wrecks itself, in partnership with Eastern Contracting Ltd, to get a true idea of the cost.

Work started to move the Maid of Connaught on August 4 and had to be completed in five days when the tide allowed access to the boat during daylight.


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But the operation ran so smoothly that the team managed to move two others as well.

So the team pressed on and removed the remaining wrecks during the next available tide window from August 18.

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In addition the houseboat area behind the Butt and Oyster pub benefited from a new running surface made from the hardcore which was used as a road to transport the machinery on.

And volunteers – including council members and staff, the National Trust, the Environment Agency and other local groups – helped to move debris from around the wrecks on September 21.

Mr Jones said: "The wreck removal and general clear up of the shoreline at Pin Mill was achieved at a far lower cost than originally expected.

"This is a testimony to the close partnership working between Babergh, the contractors and other agencies who completed an excellent project in the most cost efficient way.

"Babergh would like to thank everybody involved in this successful operation."

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