22 July 2016
Island residents have just one more week to take part in a survey that will help shape a shared future vision for Jersey.
Most successful countries, cities, and islands have a long term plan. The plan pinpoints what people want for the place they live in over the longer term and ensures that policies set in one election cycle, are in line with the long-term vision.
20 year vision
The Council of Ministers’ current three year strategic plan sets direction for important aspects of Island life such as health, education, and economic growth. Next year, Jersey will also have its own 20 year vision, based on what Islanders think is most important for Jersey’s future.
This new approach to thinking about and planning for the long term will set out, realistically, what Jersey hopes to achieve in important areas that make a difference to residents’ quality of life, such as getting good jobs; living longer, healthier lives; and feeling safe.
Each new Council of Ministers will review and update it and produce its own medium-term priority plan to keep Jersey on course.
The MyJersey survey, available at www.shapingourfuture.gov.je has attracted 3,250 responses to date. It is part of a larger-scale community consultation which began in January and goes on until the end of the year. More than 2000 people have engaged face to face with plans for the long-term vision and tens of thousands of Island residents have been involved through social media.
Housing Minister Deputy Anne Pryke said “In the course of this consultation, I’ve heard from a lot of Island residents about their hopes for the future, and what I like about this way of engaging with people is the way it’s given them the opportunity to reflect on how Jersey is doing as a whole – what they like, and what they think needs to change.
“We could have presented facts and figures and said, ‘this is how Jersey is doing’, but hearing people’s perceptions of our Island’s progress is really important. It promotes debate and helps build a clearer picture of where people feel the gaps and tensions are, so that when we go on to develop an Island vision, it makes sense to people, and is realistic and achievable. ”
The survey is available at www.shapingourfuture.gov.je until Sunday 31 July. It can be completed in approximately ten minutes.