Requete leader turns to art for support

THE deputy heading a requete to save a field in the grounds of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital from development is hoping a painting of it will help sway deputies.

Tony Parsons’ picture of the field near the hospital on which P&R want to build housing for key workers, a plan which has attracted a requete led by Deputy Steve Falla.
Tony Parsons’ picture of the field near the hospital on which P&R want to build housing for key workers, a plan which has attracted a requete led by Deputy Steve Falla.

Steve Falla wants the States to have a say on the future of the field to the south of the Duchess of Kent House

Policy & Resources’ lead on property, Deputy Dave Mahoney, is advocating a plan to build up to 150 units of accommodation for key workers in the field.

This week Deputy Falla revealed an artwork of the field, painted by Tony Parsons on a recent visit to the island.

He had suggested the field as a location for Mr Parsons, when he was looking for picturesque sites.

The artist photographed the field and then completed the work in his studio once back in the UK, adding some Guernsey cows for good measure.

‘When Steve contacted me, I had a few minutes to spare before catching the ferry home,’ Mr Parsons said.

‘All politics aside, it is a lovely field and I enjoyed painting it and including some cows, which I’d photographed earlier

in the visit.’

Deputy Falla said he was pleased with how the picture turned out.

‘The lie of the land makes the field quite quirky, and it forms a welcome green lung in the otherwise built-up hospital site,’ he said.

‘I thought it worth suggesting it as the subject for a painting and I’m really pleased with the way in which Tony has captured it. Perhaps it will encourage those who are happy to see it go to reconsider their position?’

. The requete is scheduled to be debated a week today.

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