Residents’ hard work praised in SEPA report

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Edzell Woods Owners Group held their annual general meeting on Sunday, May 19, which was well attended by property owners.

Newesk developer Allan Carnegie addressed the audience in various matters including the recent successful planning application for development on the former airfield

The group, members of which are partially responsible for the infrastructure of the estate including the sewage treatment works, were delighted to hear that the SEPA report for the sewage treatment works had received an overall grading of excellent.

This represented enormous efforts by Ken Williams and Richard McAuliffe, the two residents who look after it, as it has been operating at 50 per cent capacity while undergoing repairs. They are out in all weathers attending to routine maintenance tasks.

It is hoped that asewage treatment plant will be connected to Newesk’s network in the future, taking away the responsibilty from the residents.

Although in its infancy, work is being carried out by the management committee to find out what work needs to be done to ensure this happens, identify associated costs and find potential sources of funding. It was heard that a one-off cost may be required to make this a reality, which in the long term would be cheaper than maintaining the aging treatment plant.

Gratitude was expressed to the Carnegie family and developers of Newesk, for making this opportunity available.

Jay Gallagher, who has taken on the role of maintenance coordinator, put forward his ideas for estate maintenance, and was delighted by the response he received when a number of people came forward after the meeting offering to help.

Lisa McAuliffe, responsible for tree policy and maintenance reassured residents that the trees will have an ongoing maintenance programme over the next few years, developed with the help of a professional tree surgeon.

Treasurer Mike Boyd made it evident that there is a prudent approach to financial matters, helped by the number of residents who assist with various tasks.

Linda Wilson, chairman of the Owners’ Group commented: “It was a good meeting, which we used to keep everyone in the picture about how the estate is run, and give those attending an open and honest appraisal on the challenges which face the estate.”