Constable of St Helier withdraws proposition to delay the South Western St Helier scheme
The Constable of St Helier will not be seeking a debate tomorrow on the Waterfront following publication of the Council of Ministers’ comments on his proposition. According to Mr Crowcroft, “The Council of Ministers’ comments on P.9/2023 which were published this morning effectively meet the requirements of my proposition on the future development of the Waterfront by agreeing to the creation of a plan for Town which will include completion of the walking, cycling and parking strategies. While I remain concerned about the amount of housing being proposed at present, given how much of the Island’s new housing St Helier is already providing, I am aware that this matter will be something that can be raised in the forthcoming Planning Enquiry.”
“The Government has indicated in its comments paper that consideration will be given to the potential for an anchor civic building on the western end of the site next to the International Finance Centre, such as an art gallery. Further, it has agreed to invest an additional £3m per annum over the next 5 years into a programme of regeneration projects in the North of Town to be developed by the Future Places Ministerial Group; public investment of this sort last took place in the early 1990s with the creation of the Environmental Protection and Improvement Areas and this will make a real difference to the quality of life in the residential areas of St Helier. More than a decade ago we were told by the then Planning Minister, the late Senator Freddie Cohen, that the receipts from the new developments on the Waterfront would be used to fund the regeneration of the old town and I am particularly pleased that this promise is now being honoured by Government.”
The Constable has apologised to those States Members who have already written their speeches on P.9 or on the two amendments.
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