24 July 2020
Waterworks Valley is to be made more pedestrian-friendly on Sundays throughout August in a trial scheme to support Islanders’ wellbeing.
Between 9am and 6pm every Sunday from 2 to 30 August, Le Chemin des Moulins will be closed to through-traffic to make it easier for cyclists and walkers to enjoy the valley’s natural beauty.
The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, said: “During lockdown we saw a significant increase in walking and cycling, and we are hoping that that change in lifestyle will continue because it is so beneficial to our physical and mental health. I hope that Islanders not only get out for outdoor activity, but also tell us what would encourage them to do more.”
Islanders can give their view on Waterworks Valley, and the scheme more widely, via a consultation which will be published online shortly.
The St Lawrence Connétable, Deirdre Mezbourian, said: “Over the last twenty years, thousands of Islanders have enjoyed the Millennium Footpath. The parish has recently completed a project to refresh and restore it, so I hope people will take this opportunity to enjoy it. I want to thank the residents for being so understanding, and to everyone who has been involved.”
The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said: “The purpose of this project is to ensure that, as we return to normal life, everyone remembers that they can still pause and enjoy the natural environment that is often right outside their front door, or very nearby.
“This is a pilot project that could be emulated in other parishes. I have approved changes to Le Chemin des Moulins for five Sundays in August, but there is also a fantastic network of Green Lanes across Jersey, so I hope that this becomes a regular part of Jersey life, no matter where people live.”