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On the Record: Infrastructure and Transport

On the Record: Infrastructure and Transport

Friday 02 October 2020

On the Record: Infrastructure and Transport


Express has created a series of resources to guide readers through some of the key issues tackled by the outgoing States' assembly - this piece covers some of the key infrastructure decisions.

These include the long-running runway debate and changes to the Island's landscape.

OPEN SKIES:

In July 2018 the Committee for Economic Development brought forward a review of Air Transport Licensing. It eliminated the requirement for airlines to hold a Guernsey air transport license to operate on any route besides essential 'lifeline' routes. It was hoped that the deregulation of the airlinks would make prices more competitive for consumers, as well as increasing connectivity.

Debate was lengthy, but eventually the proposition was carried 22-14. While more routes certainly appeared after its approval, there have been some issues making those new routes stick around.

POUR:

Ferbrache, Kuttelwascher, Tindall, Gollop, Parkinson, Leadbeater, Mooney, Merrett, Stephens, Meerveld, Inder, Lowe, Smithies, Hansmann Rouxel, Graham, Paint, Le Tocq, Dudley-Owen, De Lisle, Prow, Roberts, McKinley

CONTRE:

Brehaut, Tooley, Queripel, Clerc, Trott, St Pier, Fallaize, Queripel, Dorey, McSwiggan, Langlois, Soulsby, de Sausmarez, Roffey

NE VOTE PAS:

Le Pelley

ABSENT:

Green, Brouard

Aurigny aircraft plane

Pictured: The 'Open Skies' policy was intended to expand Guernsey's connectivity and make air travel more competitively priced.

RUNWAY EXTENSION

The runway debate has been circling overhead for years now. After two votes that failed to bring about any real progress, late deputy Jane Kuttelwascher brought a requete to the assembly proposing the development of a business case and other cost-benefit analysis for an extension to 1,700 metres. 

The lowered funding expectations - £360,000 compared to the request for £700,000 earlier that same year - may have made the difference, as it was marginally approved 20 votes to 19, but only after surviving a sursis attempt by Deputies St Pier and Trott, the voting for which can be found HERE.

The voting on the overall propositions was as follows:

POUR:

Ferbrache, Kuttelwascher, Gollop, Parkinson, Leadbeater, Mooney, Le Pelley, Merrett, Meerveld, Inder, Lowe, Smithies, Hansmann Rouxel, Graham, Green, Paint, Prow, Oliver, Roberts, Snowdon

CONTRE:

Tindall, Brehaut, Tooley, Lester Queripel, Trott, St Pier, Stephens, Fallaize, Laurie Queripel, Dorey, Le Tocq, Brouard, Dudley-Owen, McSwiggan, De Lisle, Langlois, Soulsby, de Sausmarez, Roffey

ABSENT:

Le Clerc

 

When the propositions and independent review came back to the States on 20 March, it was decided to delay debating them until the end of 2020 at the earliest in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

BELLE GREVE INERT WASTE:

The Belle Greve Reclamation Project was expedited in April this year, when Deputies voted to draw up a planning brief for an inert waste disposal facility on the bay. The vote carried 25-13, undermining the decision earlier in the term to create an environmental impact assessment for another site to compare to Belle Greve.

POUR:

Ferbrache, Tindall, Brehaut, Tooley, Gollop, Parkinson, Le Clerc, Mooney, Trott, St Pier, Stephens, Meerveld, Fallaize, Smithies, Hansmann Rouxel, Graham, Green, Dorey, Le Tocq, McSwiggan, Langlois, Soulsby, de Sausmarez, Roffey, Roberts

CONTRE:

Lester Queripel, Leadbeater, Le Pelley, Merrett, Inder, Lower, Laurie Queripel, Paint, Brouard, Dudley-Owen, De Lisle, Prow, Oliver

NE VOTE PAS:

Snowdon

 

THE L'ANCRESSE TANK WALL

In the same meeting a requete was laid by Al Brouard to suspend work to remove a section of the anti-tank wall at L’Ancresse, after the States’ agreed to carry out the work in 2017.

P&R hoped that the requete would be lost as the costs of maintaining the wall outweighed the benefits of keeping them; however, the requete was narrowly carried 19-18.

POUR:

Ferbrache, Gollop, Leadbeater, Mooney, Le Pelley, Stephens, Meerveld, Inder, Lowe, Laurie Queripel, Smithies, Green, Paint, Brouard, Dudley-Owen, De Lisle, Prow, Oliver, Roberts

CONTRE:

Tindall, Brehaut, Tooley, Parkinson, Le Clerc, Trott, Merrett, St Pier, Fallaize, Hansmann Rouxel, Graham, Dorey, Le Tocq, McSwiggan, Langlois, Soulsby, de Sausmarez, Roffey

NE VOTE PAS:

Lester Queripel, Snowdon

L'Ancresse wall 

Pictured: The L'Ancresse anti-tank wall, which Deputies had agreed to remove a section of before the requete succeeded. 

 

SEAFRONT ENHANCEMENT:

The final States’ meeting saw a heated debate about Seafront Enhancement, after an amendment to set up a Guernsey Development and Regeneration Corporation was not debated. Deputies Gavin St Pier and Lyndon Trott, who laid the amendment, lashed out at their colleagues for what they claimed amounted to a "pathetic lack of understanding". They believed the corporation would "ensure that momentum is not lost" on enhancement work, however their fellow States members were unconvinced. 

After a fraught debate, the original propositions to establish a committee to oversee east-coast development was seen as the preferred option and was carried 18-16.

POUR:

Tindall, Brehaut, Tooley, Gollop, Parkinson, Lester Queripel, Le Clerc, Fallaize, Hansmann Rouxel, Graham, Dorey, Dudley-Owen, McSwiggan, Langlois, Soulsby, de Sausmarez, Roffey, Oliver

CONTRE:

Ferbrache, Mooney, Trott, Le Pelley, Merrett, St Pier, Stephens, Meerveld, Inder, Laurie Queripel, Smithies, Green, Paint, Brouard, De Lisle, Prow 

ABSENT:

Leadbeater, Lowe, Le Tocq, Roberts, Snowdon

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