Chief Minister urges islanders to stand in parish elections

CHIEF MINISTER Peter Ferbrache has urged people to consider standing for parish roles at next month’s parish elections – and hinted that there may well be more for them to do in the future too.

The island’s chief minister Peter Ferbrache has urged people to consider standing for parish roles at next month’s parish elections – and hinted that there may well be more for them to do in the future too. (30096706)
The island’s chief minister Peter Ferbrache has urged people to consider standing for parish roles at next month’s parish elections – and hinted that there may well be more for them to do in the future too. (30096706)

The Policy & Resources Committee is liaising with the Island Douzaine Council through its sub-committee the Douzaine Liaison Group, under the leadership of Deputy Heidi Soulsby.

Discussions between the centre and the parishes are set to examine the impact of island-wide voting on the parishes, how the States can support them, and identifying government responsibilities which could be devolved to the douzaines.

‘We should be giving them a lot more power,’ Deputy Ferbrache said.

‘They do a very valuable job, and it should be beyond checking streams and hedge cuttings, should pass back some powers to them.

‘That’s part of our working group liaison with the douzaines – we want to hear from them.’

Deputy Ferbrache has suggested that parishes could take responsibility for issues such as liquor licensing, but also, more on thoroughfares, planning applications and parish infrastructure in some way.

He is also enthusiastic for the douzaines to take over some responsibilities – but such a move might not attract funding from the States.

‘The States should do less if it can and encourage others to do more. I know they would be willing to do more.’

He was heartened by the election interest at a recent deferred douzenier election in the Vale, where 569 votes were cast.

‘The douzaines have still got an important role.

‘Quite a few people never want to be a States member in a million years, but are sensible, intelligent people who could play a good role working for the douzaine.’

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