Constable Crowcroft still dreams of City status for St Helier but the reality is that the ancient Jersey capital is being turned into the Island dump.
Not only are new rabbit hutch homes being crammed into the crumbling town alongside every unsocial activity from refuse, scrap and sewage disposal to night-time thuggery and mahem – but now the economic heart is to be removed and re-located too.
The free marketeering planners and developers – in spite of bringing the world economy to its knees – are still hell bent on building 600,000 sq ft of new offices on the absurd Esplanade Quarter besides more shops, cafes and leisure facilities. Yet 5000 existing workers will simply be re-located from the old town and their existing offices and business premises will just become vacant along with all the offices and other premises that are already falling into ruin around St Helier.
Supposedly, the Esplanade Quarter development will generate £75 millions to be spent on improving old St Helier but it’s just another pipedream - as the Ann Court fiasco has demonstrated, neglect, decay and planning vandalism is the future for most of St Helier.
Meanwhile the sacred Jersey cow looks out over open green fields and keeps the islands most wealthy country parish residents happy……….
Submitted by Thomas Wellard.