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Future of St Peter Port seafront discussed

Pedestrianising the seafront, an underground car park on North Beach and an underpass at the Town Church Courtesy Crossing were all suggestions mooted at a public meeting last night which focused on the future of St Peter Port’s historic seafront.

The event was organised as part of a wider consultation about the area.

Around 50 islanders turned out to the event, including parish officials, representatives of business, political pressure groups and deputies.

Alex Fuller, Chairman of the Fuller Group, said:

There’s so much opportunity [in St Peter Port], it’s just frustrating the process is so slow. One could easily be quite cynical about whether change will actually take place.

But I do see this as a tremendous opportunity. St Peter Port is already the jewel in the crown of Guernsey, but I feel it’s over dominated by vehicles. Parking is important but we can manage that so much better. The motor car seems to rule and the pedestrian is very much inferior.

– Alex Fuller

Many of the attendees expressed a degree of cynicism over whether the changes discussed at the meeting would happen, but the overall mood afterwards was positive amongst the guests.

Many of the people at the meeting said afterwards they felt the consultation was a good idea and handled well by the States during the evening.

Guernsey’s Chief Minister Jonathan Le Tocq said:

My hope is that there will be not only things we can take from tonight, but that moving forward there will be momentum.

From a political point of view there will be a greater degree of steer about the issues that need to be a priority so that we don’t get focused on just trying to solve problems like a crossing on the front, which was a big issue back in the summer, but instead we look at the broader issues that are not going to go away so that St Peter Port can be developed and enhanced.

– Jonathan Le Tocq

It’s expected there will be another event similar to this one early next year, although the date has not been confirmed.