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New bid to protect People's Park from becoming hospital development

New bid to protect People's Park from hospital development Credit: ITV Channel

The Constable of St Helier is calling for People's Park to be ruled out as a location for Jersey's new hospital.

The States will next week debate a plan by Deputy Russell Labey to stop the current location on Gloucester Street being the official approved site. That follows a decision by the Environment Minister to reject a planning application to build a new hospital there.

Now, Constable Simon Crowcroft wants to use next week's debate to protect People's Park and other green sites in town.

New bid to protect People's Park from hospital development Credit: ITV Channel

People's Park made the shortlist back in 2015, leading to a high profile campaign by islanders and some politicians which eventually saw it removed from the list.

Constable Crowcroft says he's concerned that the recent planning refusal, and next week's debate, could see People's Park returning to a new shortlist.

He's also looking to protect the Parade Gardens, Victoria Park, Lower Park and Westmount Gardens from development.

Since People's Park removal from the list of sites just over three years ago, arguments have been advanced in the media for People's Park and St Helier's other green spaces to be looked at again as alternative sites for the new facility. I wish the debate to be had on whether it is acceptable to sacrifice the town's amenity space to make way for the new hospital.

– Constable Crowcroft