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Constable lodges proposition to remove First Tower Park from Government’s new list of potential sites for new hospital

Constable lodges proposition to remove First Tower Park from Government’s new list of potential sites for new hospital

The Constable of St Helier has lodged a proposition seeking to protect First Tower Park from development by the States following the announcement this morning that it is on a new short list.

The Council of Ministers has also placed People’s Park on the short list, but the Constable says that the States Assembly has already voted against this happening on 13th February last year.

In the report accompanying his proposition, Mr Crowcroft states: ‘It is regrettable that the Government of Jersey does not appear to understand the value of public parks despite the many debates that have taken place in recent years, and despite decisions by the States Assembly over the years not only to protect those parks which we have but also to add to the quality and quantity of public green space in the Island.

In putting forward a short list of potential sites for Jersey’s new hospital that includes People’s Park, the Government is attempting to disregard the decision of the States Assembly taken last year on 13th February (P.5/2019, Amendment) which specifically rules this out. It may be argued that it is ‘the process’ that leads the Government to do this, but I would argue that this latest round of site selection in the expensive saga of Jersey’s new hospital project has already failed, unless, of course, this is but a cynical ploy to divert public attention away from other sites on the list which have not already been ruled out by the legislature.

According to the Parish Constable, ‘tens of thousands of Islanders will react with consternation to the Government’s latest decision to put First Tower Park, St Helier, on their new short list of sites. Among those affected will be:

  • people who live in the First Tower area;
  • children who attend First Tower school;
  • worshippers at St Andrew’s Church;
  • people who value Jersey’s rich archaeological heritage (the Ville es Nouaux Neolithic dolmen);
  • people whose loved ones are remembered by the many memorial trees planted around the park; and
  • people who use First Tower Park for their daily exercise and recreation.

Mr Crowcroft says that he does not believe that there is a realistic prospect of Jersey’s new hospital being constructed on the site of First Tower Park but he is seeking an early States’ decision on the matter to put people’s minds at rest.

For more information, please contact the Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, at constable@posh.gov.je or 07797 717933.

[13.07.20]