04 August 2008
Following the completion of emergency repair work to the seafront wall along Victoria Avenue promenade, the Transport and Technical Services Department will be resuming its programmed maintenance schedule for the Island’s sea defences. This includes the continuation of the installation of beach showers at various locations around the Island and the new locations, voted by the public, have just been announced.
Showers scheduled to be installed during the 2008 construction phase will be located at La Haule, Ouaisne and St Brelade’s Bay. The individual showers cost around £3,500 to install. However, earlier this year, it emerged that there were sufficient funds to allow an additional three showers to be erected and the Transport and Technical Services Minister, Deputy Guy de Faye, requested via the media that members of the public decide where these should be placed by indicating their preferences to the Department. Transport and Technical Services received around 50 responses and the Minister used the 1 August ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony for the repaired sea wall at Victoria Avenue to announce the results of the poll.
The overwhelming winner, thanks to a very heavy vote from the Rozel Boat Owners Association, was Rozel Bay, where a shower will be installed at the top of the slipway.
The other two most popular locations were Bonne Nuit and St Catherine’s breakwater.
Unfortunately, on investigation, it was discovered that there were some serious problems over securing a mains water supply for a shower at the top of St Catherine’s breakwater slipway and this project will now be reviewed to find an alternative solution.
Consequently, the third shower will be placed at the fourth choice of location, which was La Rocque Harbour.
Following the poll results Deputy de Faye added, “The beach showers have become a very popular addition to the sea defences programme and are very heavily used, especially at this time of year. There are already around twenty showers around the Island and all those people who frequent our local beaches will, I am sure, be delighted to see some more. I am just surprised that the concept wasn’t pursued years ago.”