P&R is out of touch with our housing problems

‘AT LAST’, I thought, reading the Monday 10 January Guernsey Press front page that the King Edward VII site is finally going to be developed – until you read through the ideas that are being put forward.

All was good news on the idea of new apartments being constructed at the PEH for key workers. Also the plans for a new care home or a care village, which is much needed.

What is questionable is that Deputy David Mahoney states that the land would not be sold off to developers and all this would be a joint venture between the States and the construction industry.

What is most concerning is plans to build three to five bedroom, top-class, high end of the market homes. Does P&R and all the rest not understand the island is in dire need of that most important adjective called ‘affordable’ housing, not high end of the market spec?

They are so out of touch on our housing problems and the quicker that our States members stop this happening the better.

Deputy Peter Roffey has stepped up to voice his opinion against that part of the development and the States should immediately step in and revise these plans.

John Bampkin, chairman of the Guernsey Construction Forum, said it was good news for this site and developers are eagerly rubbing their hands to start working with the States, but also admits there are other sites available for smaller starter homes, questionable again as a lot of these are still not affordable. We also notice the Housing Association are not involved and they are desperate for more land to build on. Once again the States have the opportunity to help the housing situation with States land and we see a massive site here could be used for high-end properties.

This would be a disgrace if it goes ahead, so think ‘affordable’.

R. S. MAUGER

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