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Self-confessed workaholic’s fifth retirement marked

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PLANNING officer John Young bowed out of his role with the States of Alderney last week – marking the self-confessed workaholic’s fifth official retirement.

Planning officer John Young with States of Alderney colleagues at his farewell gathering. (19507942)

The former Jersey senator served the States for two years and four months, commuting back to his home and family in Jersey almost every weekend.

At a States gathering to say goodbye, Mr Young told his colleagues that he was departing – leaving planning assistant Sam Osborne at the helm – with a sense of fulfilment. But he has no plans to stop working.

‘I feel I have achieved what was asked of me, having worked with BDCC to produce the Land Use Plan, seen four changes to the law approved and a raft of improvements to the planning system. Now the planning inquiry is done, now is the time for me to hand over. I will be visiting Alderney over the next couple of months to see the new plan through the States by the end of the year. My wife, Jean, says I am a workaholic. Even at 71, I am already planning my next role.’

Full story in Friday's Guernsey Press

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