22 July 2010
People in Jersey are being asked what they want in the new town park.
During the first phase of a public consultation, Transport and Technical Services (TTS) are distributing questionnaires to nearly 3,000 residents who live in the immediate area of the new town park (Gas Place). The questionnaire is also available online or from the TTS offices at South Hill and Cyril Le Marquand House. Responses must be submitted by 27 August.
Drop-in sessions are also being organised in early August to give people an opportunity to meet the design team and express their views on the design of the park. These are being held on:
- Thursday 5 August: The Bridge, Le Geyt Road (10am – 2pm)
- Friday 6 August: The Welcome Centre, 17 Val Plaisant (10am – 2pm)
- Saturday 7 August: Gas Place (10am – 2pm)
The second phase of the consultation process includes a number of public events and a design weekend where the public will again be able to meet the design team, to comment on how their ideas and preferences have been included in potential designs for the park. Preparation of the site will begin before the end of this year and the clearance of the contaminated soils from previous gas production activities will start in January 2011. Park construction will then start and it is expected the park will be open by the autumn of 2011.
Minister for Transport and Technical Services, Connétable Mike Jackson, said "Lots of people have different ideas about what sort of park this should be. We want to be able to give the future park users what they want and this is their opportunity to tell us, so we can incorporate the most popular elements. I am sure it will prove to be a park we can all be proud of."
The Connétable of St Helier Simon Crowcroft, who has been a long time supporter of the park, said "I have been supporting this project for 13 years now and I am absolutely delighted that we will have a new park in place by 2011. This will make a considerable improvement to the area and will be a great benefit to all future park users for generations to come."
The consultation will close in October and a planning application will then be submitted to gain approval for construction.
Complete Millennium Town Park questionnaire online
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