'Open meeting if necessary to seal fate of derelict houses'

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VALE Avenue will be subject to 'further unnecessary deterioration' if a fourth attempt to demolish derelict housing is unsuccessful, a Vale deputy has said, as he called for Guernsey Electricity's application to be heard at an open planning meeting.

The utility company confirmed last week that it would soon be submitting a planning application to pull down the houses, which have fallen into disrepair.

Three previous attempts have been unsuccessful.

However, Matt Fallaize said he was delighted GE had relaunched plans to resolve the situation.

'I have met senior staff at Guernsey Electricity and encouraged them to do everything possible to pull down these unsightly properties, which have been a terrible eyesore in our parish for far too long,' he said.

'In fairness, they need little encouragement. I am delighted that Guernsey Electricity are demonstrating their commitment to do the right thing by applying for permission to demolish the properties.'

Deputy Fallaize called on Vale Avenue residents and his fellow deputies to make their views known should the matter go to an open planning meeting,

'I am writing to the Development & Planning Authority to request that this application is heard at an open planning meeting in view of the public interest which it is bound to generate and in recognition of the very detrimental effect of these properties on that part of The Bridge,' he said.

'I hope other deputies whose districts include The Bridge – that is to say Vale and St Sampson deputies – will make the same request to the authority and also write in support of the application.'

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