Tag "Environment Department"

New States system leaves a lot to learn

IN AN island where many still think of ‘the IDC’ as their planning authority some 12 years after it was scrapped, the next few months promise to be a steep learning curve. The Environment Department has gone, unlamented by many but at least its functions and responsibilities were understood by most. In its place come at least four bodies with partial ownership of the brief.

Emissions tax has nothing to do with improving our air quality

SOME while ago the Environment Department, led by Yvonne Burford, proposed the introduction of a vehicles emissions tax. In its plans, the idea was to discourage people from purchasing larger polluting vehicles and instead encourage people to either travel by bus, take up cycling or use a motorcycle. The thinking was, that two wheels are better than four and it would be a way of helping to increase the flow of traffic, less traffic jams and to also reduce the amount of cars parked on the piers. With all the amendments made during the long drawn out debate it ended up with all motorcycles over 501cc having to pay an emissions charge.

Island’s leaders have left us in a mess

I AM writing this letter to vent a few personal views, especially before the island goes out to vote. I urge all who are going to venture out to vote to really consider what mess our island is in especially after the last four years of leadership. What a legacy they have left us. Far too much to put into print. We have been taxed more than the Sheriff of Nottingham did to the people of Sherwood and we have no Robin Hood to save us. Mind you, I would not put it past some candidates to turn up in green tights with a bow and arrow.

How did project get planning approval so fast?

RE: THE Weighbridge House planning application. Isn’t it marvellous how some people/companies can get their applications through a department so quickly, whereas the ordinary man who tries gets refused, put back, referred to other departments, all to no avail.

Is now the time for an expensive review of island’s housing stock?

I read with dismay the article that appeared in your paper on Wednesday, 20 January. Nearly 1,600 properties are already listed and it is proposed to review up to another 5,000. Given that the Guernsey annual housing stock bulletin issued in March 2014 stated that there were 26,372 domestic property units, which means that there are fewer buildings, given multi occupancy, this means that the Environment Department are looking at well over 25% of our housing stock.

Pollet plans: What exactly is the point of planners?

I listened with interest to Deputy Burford’s comments on the phone-in on Sunday (31 January) regarding development at the Lower Pollet. Like many islanders I am appalled at this proposal. Potentially three diverse locally owned tax paying businesses (and a convenience store) could be destroyed, and replaced by a large supermarket that will be part of a UK multinational.

Land plan will span two different boards

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PROPOSALS for a new land plan, which will affect all future developments, will be finalised by the existing Environment Department board, but its successor will have to present the report to the new States.

The bar is set high for environment

NO ONE is against biodiversity. Unlike climate change, even on the far fringes of scientific opinion there is nobody arguing that we need fewer species or less attention paid to the damage humans are doing to the world. So when Treasury and Resources says it cannot support spending £80,000 on a biodiversity strategy no one should accuse them of being anti-environment.

No evidence that St Martin’s houses are ‘much needed’

DEPUTY HADLEY’S blasé dismissal of the concerns of local residents was wrong to repeat Island Development Ltd’s assertion that their proposed development on land behind Les Galeries conforms to States policy (Open Lines, 2 October, 2015).

Locals without a bus due to cruise passenger day-trips

I WAS talking to a neighbour who was absolutely fuming last Friday. She had gone to the Bridge for some shopping and she waited 55 minutes for a bus back to L’Ancresse. The round-the-island bus arrived, full to the brim with cruise passengers on their ridiculously cheap £1 island tour, heavily subsidised, of course, by the Guernsey taxpayer. This was followed by the number 11 I think it was, which was also full. Many people on board were holding their Guernsey maps, so presumably also cruise passengers.

A lack of trust is no laughing matter

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The Environment Department’s refusal to go public over the expert advice given on the Town Quay road layout and courtesy crossing has given islanders even less reason to trust their elected representatives. And, says Nick Mann, it makes people wonder what else may be hidden