By Laura Peberday
A watersports area planned for Jamestown may not be such a good idea: as Adam Wolfe of St Helena National Trust pointed out, “the swimming area happens to be right next to a sewage pipe.”
He said the swimming area proposed in the Jamestown Vision document, intended to attract tourists, may only be good for the fish.
He made the comment in an interview that took place before his surprise resignation as the Trust’s director.
The outfall into the sea is currently the only way to get rid of sewage waste from St Helena, said Adam: “There is no sewage treatment on the island and all the raw material goes straight into the sea.”
This means that the new swimming area could potentially pose health risks for those who choose to swim there.
The Jamestown Vision aims to smarten up the island’s capital in preparation for tourists.
However, the sewage pipe adjacent to the planned swimming area could have the opposite effect, driving tourists away.
The proposed “water facility” for swimming and sunbathing is at the western end of Jamestown seafront, close to Donny’s bar. As part of the plans, new terraces and a slipway would be built, extending into the sea. As well as swimming, these would be used for water sports such as kayaking.
Although swimming amongst sewage is bad for human health, Adam pointed out that “the fish do like it.”