GOVERNMENT’S decade long failure to plan adequately for essential infrastructure is risking economic and environmental disaster.
We have prepared an impact statement, which is supported by the Vale Douzaine and lists multiple examples where States’ lack of foresight has disproportionately impacted businesses and residents in the north of the island, endangering islanders and eroding quality of life.
In the view of St Sampson’s and the Vale: Without immediate planning and investment in the following areas we believe that government continues to:
• Risk preventable disasters and the loss of businesses and essential services
• Reduce operational efficiencies and environmental sustainability of industry and associated island services
• Impede economic growth, private investment and development
• Prevent the development of valuable public amenities thus impeding cultural, historical and recreational provision
• Reduce quality of life for parishioners and islanders [and]
• Create a sad legacy for generations to come
St Sampson’s douzenier Rob Gill, and Vale Senior Constable Richard Leale said that numerous steps had been taken to address these concerns directly with government but without meaningful engagement or progress.
The statement has been circulated to all States members and now publicly calls on government for an official response and demands that government prepares a meaningful infrastructure plan within a pertinent time frame.