Regeneration of Town plans ‘set to be shaped by public’

REGENERATION work is set to revive three currently underused areas in Town.

UK planning and urban design consultants Tibbalds are drafting a development framework based on consultation.

By Tuesday lunchtime about 40 people had attended a public drop-in session at the George Crossan Gallery in the Inner Market.

Focus is on the Lower Pollet, South Esplanade/Mignot Plateau, and Mansell Street/Le Bordage.

‘We see the three areas as a whole,’ said Simone Whyte, Planning & Building Service project team member.

‘They’re all based in Town and all have importance, character and a different role to play.’

‘Normally we do these projects on our own, but we have commissioned Tibbalds as consultants.

Left to right: Forward planning officer Louisa De Garis and principal forward planning officer Simone Whyte. (28925693)

‘It is very much the start of the project.

‘We’re in stage one of five, which is all about listening and finding out what the community wants.’

Questions were asked about how areas could be improved and how they are viewed now, noting any specific suggestions.

A more extensive six-week consultation period is due to take place in spring.

‘By then we will be coming back with our proposals based on what is suggested now. Planning is all about delivering and shaping areas how the public wants them.’

Feedback is needed to find a middle-ground between conflicting interests, such as increasing or removing parking spaces.

‘It’s about finding the balance needed.’

Guy Hendry attended the drop-in. (28925689)

Guy Hendry questioned why properties were sitting empty, and what the reasons were for regenerating Town to begin with.

‘There’s a lot of roof space which could be given to green roofs and solar panels. If properties are empty, increase the landowner rent 10 times to encourage tenants to move in and create capital. When Trinity Square offices are sitting empty, then they could maintain their front but use the ground floors for parking, with accommodation on top.

‘Making roads one-way would allow wider pavements that have room for green spaces, eating outside and cycle paths.’

Tim Chilestone said: ‘Everyone wants to spend loads of money doing this but the easy wins are ignored.’

Adding filters to junctions with three traffic directions was suggested.

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‘Mini ring-roads without traffic lights or roundabouts would keep traffic flowing, where vehicles can only turn left out of Town. Fountain Street could be made one-way to have parking on one side and bring people to those shops.’

Removing parking on piers would not help, he said.

‘It’s breezy, it’s dark, nobody would want more restaurants on the quays. All it would do is lead to empty restaurants in Town.’

A woman who wished to remain anonymous suggested Sir Charles Frossard House revoked parking rights to staff.

‘If they want people to stop using cars, the States should be setting an example,’ she said.

‘I don’t know why their staff need allocated parking spaces to sit in an office all day, when there are people carrying heavy materials who then park illegally in unloading bays.’

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Offering affordable, mixed-generation shared accommodation units was suggested.

Those who could not attend the drop-in are invited to answer an online survey open until Wednesday 25 November.

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