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Update: Pier Road disaster

21 March 2023

The Haut du Mont site at Pier Road has been released by States of Jersey Police to Government of Jersey following the completion of evidential collection at the scene. 

The site will remain in the ownership of Andium Homes and will be secured and overseen by Government of Jersey on behalf of Andium Homes. The collaborative approach to the site management has been recommended by Andium Homes to ensure the safety and security of the site while the next steps are being considered. 

Government’s management of the site will also allow for disaster victim and personal effects recovery experts, GoCrisis, to continue their work at Pier Road, which is expected to conclude next month. After this time, the team will be working on cataloguing personal items to ensure their return. 

Government has started early work to consider the appropriate next steps for the future of the Haut du Mont site. This work will involve bereaved families, displaced residents, and the surrounding communities so that the most appropriate options can be considered. The upper levels of Pier Road carpark, which have been closed since December to provide privacy to the police investigation and the work of GoCrisis, will reopen from Thursday, with work being undertaken from Wednesday. 

The cordoned section of Pier Road will remain closed until further notice while decisions about the next steps are being considered. 

Displaced residents 

There were 29 households displaced because of the explosion. All residents were found appropriate temporary accommodation immediately following the incident. All the displaced households have since been offered new permanent accommodation, with 24 having already moved, or currently moving, into new homes within the Andium Homes portfolio. 

Andium Homes continues to work closely with the remaining displaced households to offer them additional opportunities to secure new permanent homes as soon as possible.

Deputy Chief Minister, Deputy Kirsten Morel, said: “The Haut du Mont site has now been released by States of Jersey Police following their completion of work at the site. 

“While good progress continues to be made at the site, it is important the area is kept cordoned off to maintain public safety. In view of this, Andium Homes has suggested that it would be most appropriate for responsibility of the day-to-day security and management of the site to remain with Government, while the next steps are being considered. 

“It is still too soon to be making firm plans for the future of the area, which will take time and will be very sensitive to those most affected. Further decisions about the next steps will be considered alongside bereaved families, displaced residents, and the surrounding communities. 

“I’d like to thank States of Jersey Police for their work as the investigation into this tragic event continues to make good progress. I’d also like to thank Andium Homes for their continued hard work and deep commitment to their residents.”

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