Floored by this decision

From Brian Villette. DOES Environment Minister Freddie Cohen not listen to the voters and has he not heard the protests against the construction of tall buildings recently concerning the waterfront?

From Brian Villette.

DOES Environment Minister Freddie Cohen not listen to the voters and has he not heard the protests against the construction of tall buildings recently concerning the waterfront?

Obviously not, as just over the hill at Havre des Pas he has agreed to the building of 38 flats on seven floors. If my memory serves me correctly, the hotel building currently in-situ is only ground to second floor, so why is he allowing another four floors?

There is no doubt in my mind that this is to be yet another blot on the landscape and a totally unnecessary addition to this area. But wait a minute, we are going to be treated to a monstrous piece of what is apparently art as a bonus, a naked man by Anthony Gormley, whoever he is. What has this got to do with the area and, indeed, how many members of the public are likely to appreciate it? Very few, I suggest.

If we are going to be subjected to various pieces of art because of Senator Cohen’s ‘brainchild’ let it be representative of the area. To my knowledge, Havre des Pas has been a boat building area in the past so where does the naked man come in?

Come on, Senator Cohen, get your act together or resign.

Comments for: "Floored by this decision"

Udupi

Brian Villette has written, 'inter alia', "But wait a minute, we are going to be treated to a monstrous piece of what is apparently art as a bonus, a naked man by Anthony Gormley, whoever he is".

Mr Villette would have done well at least to visit the Wikipedia website before publicly displaying his ignorance.

Tony

If memory serves me correctly Havre des Pas was in the past well known for its reputation as an area for men to sunbathe "naked".

Maybe that has been the inspiration for this statue.

Brian

I am happy to openly share my ignorance with the public as Im sure the majority are as ill informed on the subject as I am.I note UDUPI hasnt the courage of his convictions to use his real name. But to put the record straight Im not the slightest bit interested in who Anthony Gormley is what I am concerned about is another grotesque out of place building and a tasteless statue which will leave itself open to abuse.

As for Tony's comment would it not be true to say "Men Only " bathing was round the corner Green Street/ La Collette? However, fair comment

Adrian

Why are planning passing all these tall blocks of flats on the waterfront? They blot out the sunlight from the properties on the landside of the road. Cohen shouldn't be in charge of planning as he appears unable to balance development with the landscape and the environment. No one wants all these tall properties along the coast they do nothing for the asthetics of the place.

As per this daft idea of having a piece of art, to placate people, it is a waste of time. I think it would be better to cut the cost of development by 5% to the new owners.

Hopefully the present encumberant will removed from the states in less than two years and Jersey can get someone in who favours the environment.

Udupi

"I note UDUPI hasnt the courage of his convictions to use his real name".

Mr Villette, is correct: I did not use my real name. This is in common with perhaps 95% of the contributors to these columns, and those writing on other websites.

Mr Villette, notwithstanding his apparently Jersey-French surname, is not 'au fait' with a rather sly, vicious, and underhand local custom: useless gossip and speculation.

I have no intention of my real name being published here because:

** I do not wish to be hounded and publicly criticised for expressing my opinion,

** My identity in this connection is of no concern either to Mr Villette or to anyone else.

If and when P. 147 (an amendment to the Data Protection Law) is passed in the States Assembly and ratified by The Queen in Council, perhaps the situation may change - probably for the worse.

Until that time, Mr Villette will have to cool his heels.

R B Bougourd

Mr Villette wrote:

"Havre des Pas has been a boat building area in the past so where does the naked man come in?"

As Tony suggests, the Low Cement, which obviously escaped the local "We don't do that sort of thing here" rule, would surely fall within the area of (greater)Havre des Pas. Certainly it would have been overlooked by the new flats had both existed at the same time.

A Gormley (and for a long time I didn't know who he was until I made a bit of effort to find out - which we sometimes have to do) or not, I would imagine that the statue will not block the view as much seven floors of flats.

Brian

UDUPI writes that I am apparently unaware of a particularly local custom of useless gossip and speculation. I can advise UDUPI I am more than aware of these customs and many more having been the recipient of poison pen letters resulting from but totally irrelevant to my letters to the Editor which indeed require my name to be published.

Magnolia Man

If Brian Villette is "more than aware" of the dangers of using one's real name, why did he take UDUPI to task in the first place?

There is a very long history in British journalism of the use of noms de plume'. Mr Villette would be wise to take a leaf from UDUPI's book in future.

By so doing he will avoid exposing himself to unnecessary ridicule and scorn.