Dust fears for new school halts cemetery extension

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WORK to extend a cemetery in St Brelade has been stopped following fears that dust from the site could be sucked through vents into the new Les Quennevais School, the St Brelade Constable has said.

Les Quennevais School

Mike Jackson added that the parish had been looking at enlarging the Cimetière des Quennevais since 1996, but that the project had been expedited earlier this year due to Covid-19.

The Planning Department has served a ‘stop notice’ on the site, saying that the work undertaken there may need to be specially licensed under waste-management laws.

But it is hoped that the project could recommence within six weeks.

‘So the process started with all the approvals in place but it turns out that when they started doing the work, there was a heck of a lot of dust being kicked up and there were concerns that this was going to be sucked into the air conditioning system of the new school and cover it with dust, prior to it being handed over,’ Mr Jackson said.

‘The reason the stop notice was put in place is because there was the question of whether the process needed to be licensed under the waste-management laws.

We believe not, but there are some discussions going on with planning regarding that.’

He added: ‘We were slightly concerned, with the pandemic, that we might run out of space in the cemetery – so it has been driven by that to a large extent.’

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor

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