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Demolition order signed for Haut du Mont site

22 September 2023

The Minister for the Environment, Deputy Jonathan Renouf, has signed a Special Development Order for the demolition of the most severely damaged blocks at the Haut du Mont site.

The order relates to the demolition of Blocks G, I and J containing flats 22-26 and 33-36 which were closest to the site of the explosion and follows a recommendation from the Recovery Coordination Group (RCG) and Andium Homes and is supported by the Political Oversight Group for major incidents.

Work has already started at the site to remove roof tiles which were posing a danger ahead of an anticipated worsening of weather conditions, but the order will now mean the whole buildings will be removed.

The decision has been taken with the full support and knowledge of the bereaved families and displaced residents for whom the site presented a painful reminder of the tragedy in which ten people died.

The Political Oversight Group has previously recommended that the redevelopment of the site in the future should include a permanent memorial to those who died on 10 December 2022.

A decision on the form of the memorial will be taken in conjunction with the bereaved families, displaced residents and the wider community.

The Environment Minister, Deputy Jonathan Renouf, said: “In consideration of the exceptional circumstances surrounding the incident at Haut du Mont on 10 December 2022, and the resultant loss of life and extensive damage to the property, I have signed a Special Development Order which will permit the demolition of the most severely damaged properties.

“Demolition may not necessarily commence immediately, but following guidance issued to the developer and once everything is in order to commence the works.”

The Deputy Chief Minister and Chair of the Political Oversight Group for the Major Incidents, Deputy Kirsten Morel said: “This order will mean that we can now prepare to start work on removing the three blocks which were the most severely damaged in the explosion.

“The buildings have severely degraded due to water penetration and we had already begun to strip tiles on the roof due to safety considerations.

“The decision has been taken with the thoughts of those most closely affected by the terrible events in mind. We will continue to support bereaved families and displaced residents through States of Jersey Police family liaison officers and the Support Hub.”

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