I write to update you on the continued progress with the project to redevelop the former primary school, and to confirm the dates and proposals for the forthcoming consultation with parishioners over the development.
I would like to start by thanking you all for your continued patience and enthusiasm for the project. You will recall that, when HLG Associates (the Project Director) updated the Parish at the Assembly in November 2016, they confirmed that the consultation period on the proposed option would take place in the first part of 2017. Many of you have made contact with the Procureurs and myself since the Assembly, eagerly awaiting details of "what next?"
Over the past ten months, the client team (listed in Endnote 1) have been working closely with HLG and our other professional advisors (listed in Endnote 2), and have reviewed almost 20 proposed schemes for the development. A variety of factors, including the key findings from the survey undertaken amongst parish households in autumn 2015 (summarised in Endnote 3), were used to reduce this 'long list' to a more manageable shortlist of six options that have had a detailed analysis undertaken on them.
Part of this detailed analysis has involved assessing the shortlisted options against some 16 'scenarios' (funding options), as well as commissioning and undertaking some six studies related to planning and environmental matters. Finally, soundings have also been undertaken from the market on the potential demand for the various types of activity that may be accommodated (thus helping establish the viability of the options).
Taking all the above factors into account the client team are close to formulating a 'preferred' option for the redevelopment to place before a Parish Assembly which will be held on the evening of Wednesday 31 May 2017, at which parishioners will be asked to vote on approving the preferred option and the relevant implications arising.
However, before making a recommendation to a Parish Assembly we need your views on the preferred option. We are therefore launching a consultation exercise on 10 May 2017, and close the consultation period on 24 May 2017 (i.e. two weeks after the launch, and one week before the Parish Assembly).
The consultation exercise will comprise three main activities:
- an information leaflet will be issued to all Parish households which will set out some of the detail behind the preferred option and how we plan to deliver the Project;
- an online survey questionnaire will be established, which will enable Parishioners to provide their feedback on the proposals; and
- a series of 'drop-in sessions' will take place at the Public Hall, where Parishioners can come and meet the Client Team and see the proposals for themselves.
The 'drop-in sessions' will take place on the following dates / times (all times BST):
- Thursday 11 May 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday 13 May 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
- Tuesday 16 May 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
The dates / times of the consultation 'drop-in sessions' have been staggered to ensure you can find a date / time that suits your availability. The client team are keen to meet as many parishioners as possible, and hear as many views as possible.
I hope that this update on the project is of interest to you, and that you will find the time available to both take part in the planned consultation exercise and attend the Parish Assembly.
This remains our most exciting and most significant community project; your voice and support is extremely important. I look forward to meeting and discussing the project with you all over the next few weeks.
Michel Le Troquer
1. The client team comprises: the Connetable (Michel Le Troquer), the Procureurs (Peter Germain and Lester Richardson), the Parish Secretary (Jerry Collins, non-voting), the Parish Representatives (Barry Faudemer, Chris McFadyen, Michael Jehan and Sue de Gruchy), and the Project Director (HLG Associates Limited).
2. The professional advisors appointed by the Parish to the project comprise: Guy Gothard & Co (Property Advisers), Morris Architects Limited (Architects), HLG Associates (Quantity Surveyors), T&G Limited (Civil and Structural Engineers), Jersey Energy (Building Services Engineers), and CICE Limited (Project Health and Safety Coordinators).
3. They key findings arising from the summer 2015 survey were:
- the Parish should develop more facilities for the community, but make sure that when completed, the facilities should pay for themselves;
- the majority of residents want the Parish to continue to lead the development and retain ownership of the site, with four out of five respondents being strongly against the Parish disposing of the site for development by others;
- the residents favour a mixed-use redevelopment of the site that does not result in any "financial burden" on the ratepayers to have to pay for its future operating costs.
A report summarising the key findings arising from the survey of Parish households on their requirements for the project is available for download from the following link: http://we.tl/R00a4OWwNa