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Empty States of Jersey owned properties (FOI)

Empty States of Jersey owned properties (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 12 March 2020.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


As this is the year of action what are you going to do with the properties you leave empty and virtually abandoned for example:-

La Folie, Royal Square building (Piquet House), Cyril Le Marquand House and the Le Seelleur Oxford Road Workshop.

And what's going to be done with the current Les Quennevais School once the new one is opened?

The Steam Clock - Repair it, sell it, scrap it or make it a floral feature but do not leave it to rust away as an eyesore and embarrassment for the tourist industry

No well run company would have such valuable assets on its balance sheet earning no revenue but just depreciating and not even being adequately maintained.


La Folie and the Steam Clock

The Government of Jersey are not responsible for either the La Folie or Steam Clock sites. These are owned by the Ports of Jersey who are not a Scheduled Public Authority and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.

You may wish to re-direct your request directly to Ports of Jersey at or by letter to Ports of Jersey, St Peter, Jersey JE1 1BY.

Royal Square Building – Piquet House

Please note that the information you have requested regarding Piquet House is exempt under Article 23 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 because the information is already accessible to you on

The ministerial decision for this can be found on the link below:

Piquet House, Royal Square, St. Helier: Use for Family Courts  

The business case for this decision was published as part of the Government plan 2020 to 2023 which can be found on the following link (page 154):

Government Plan 2020-2023

Cyril Le Marquand House

Cyril Le Marquand House has been identified for disposal and is expected to progress to completion during the next two years. A public consultation has recently commenced following a draft planning guidance report issued by the Environment Minister John Young for the redevelopment and regeneration of the site. This draft planning guidance report can be found on using the following link:

Cyril Le Marquand House development brief

Information about how to submit comments to the consultation can be found on the following link:

Cyril Le Marquand House Supplementary Planning Guidance

The property near Town Park: Le Seelleur Oxford Road Workshop, Oxford Road / Common Lane

This property was sold by the Public of the Island on 3 March 2017 to a private developer. All Royal Court property contracts are available to view at the Public Registry.

The Public Registry is available at Judicial Greffe, Royal Court House, Royal Square, St. Helier, JE1 1JG or at Jersey Archive, Clarence Road, St Helier, JE2 4JY. The Public Registry can be searched by anybody for free or public registry staff can perform searches for a fee. Details of office hours and any fees may be found on the following web page on the site:

Public Registry services, fees and Stamp Duty

The Current Les Quennevais school site

Les Quennevais Secondary School is a site of strategic importance to the Island and careful consideration is being given to its future use when the school transfers to the new site. The public have had the opportunity to propose uses for the site during the ‘call for sites’ process that is part of the review of the current Island Plan. The final decision on the future use of the site will then be the subject of further public consultation and scrutiny.

Article applied

Article 23 Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it is reasonably available to the applicant, otherwise than under this Law, whether or not free of charge.

(2) A scheduled public authority that refuses an application for information on this ground must make reasonable efforts to inform the applicant where the applicant may obtain the information.

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