States ‘have ignored all we told them’

A WEALTH of information that could help politicians make crucial decisions about Jersey's future sits unused in an environmental report written 12 years ago, according to the former States environmental adviser..

Dr Michael Romeril at the Line in the Sand protest in 2009
Dr Michael Romeril at the Line in the Sand protest in 2009

A WEALTH of information that could help politicians make crucial decisions about Jersey's future sits unused in an environmental report written 12 years ago, according to the former States environmental adviser..

Dr Mike Romeril, who wrote 'Jersey into the Millennium - a Sustainable Future' which included one of the biggest public consultations ever seen in Jersey, says the paper could still be of use in future policy making.

The report was published in 2001 and includes recommendations from experts on resource management, energy use, traffic and transport, population, housing, the economy and the environment as well as setting out a vision for Jersey's future.

Dr Romeril has written a comment article which is published in full in Wednesday's JEP

Comments for: "States ‘have ignored all we told them’"

JACS

Jersey went wrong many years ago and papers from 2001 wouldn't change a thing. Let's face it, tourism is over and Jersey doesn't produce anything the world really needs, so what are the options? Go with time, encourage foreign investment but you need to improve housing quality and lower rental prices. Only solution is to build higher, so more apartments are available, you're not losing land and housing becomes cheaper again. Jersey has one of the oldest populations in Europe, so who will pay their pensions if we don't have enough young people working. If people live and work in the same area (St Helier) you don't have a trafiic problem either if the population increases.

Overpopulated

Many over 65s are still working, many have paid for houses and private pensions and pay more in tax than they get in pensions.

I think the 'pay their pensions' story is to pay the pensions of all those civil servants on £200k per year, with non contributury pension plans

selfish members in states

MOST states members are only bothered about their own circumstances and getting voted in again for the income. WHO CARES ABOUT JERSEY IN 10 YEARS TIME?.... THEY DON'T

Pip Clement

That is because you told them things that they did not want to hear.

Now if you had told them to build a nice big finance quarter on the Esplanade, a big incinerator on the Waterfront, hundreds of apartments and grow the population to over a 100,000 they would have listened very carefully indeed!

Simples really :-(

Mogit

Silly question - why would any intelligent person be surprised at the way the States conduct themselves!!!

the thin wallet

i have often said that there was a pile good reports , all paid for , gathering dust and totaly ignored.

the fact that its gathering dust does not suprise me one jot.

if its in the public domain, ( the report) lets see al ink to it then we can all draw some conclusions .

these reports are generally a very imformative read .

i would have no clue as to know where to start looking for it .

Just a local

And this is news? Over the last 20 years, various States members have ignored so many good advice, reports or survey's intended to help the island. Some of that data cost thousands or even hundred's of thousands to produce. The only thing they listen to the vested interests groups that seek profit over people.

the thin wallet

dr mike romeril.

please stand for election.

at the earliest opportunity.

James

Not sure the States have ignored the Report. It contains such hogwash that I expect it has been read thoroughly but then treated with the disdain it deserves. We live in the real world, not some trumped up environmentalist's distorted view of a Green Utopia.

Did we taxpayers pay this guy anything? Interesting that, according to the JEP's reporting, he made reference to not wasting public money but in the next para that we should have spent millions on Plemont. Joined up thinking? Nope.

R. Williams

I was at school with him and can assure you that Dr. Mike is not trumped up, but a very well educated, intelligent, farsighted person who actually cares very much for the island.

Tim

Sorry R. Williams, but you just listed ALL the justification the States need to ignore him: "a very well educated, intelligent, farsighted person who actually cares very much for the island." Given the fact that he is the antithesis of those in power.

belonger

A Casino and Leisure Centre Designed by a

French Architect is needed in Jersey,

Overpopulated

I doubt many people would come to Jersey because we had a casino. I know many people who go to Las Vegas if they want to go to a casino - huge town, huge hotels casinos and plenty of live acts by famous people.

I have been there and it is my idea of hell, but others like it.

peter price

I for one can't get over the fact that houses in St Clement have been built higher than they are allowed to be and the States department that should be talking to these people have done nothing. In another part of the world these houses would have to be rebuilt!

jersey.bean

Frank Walker came in last in the people's vote, but those who made up the Council of Ministers voted for him to be Chief Minister. So it's clear that they don't listen to the public either!

Raindog

The States have no interest in protecting the environment whether it is the countryside, shoreline, fish stocks or bird life. When the Environment Minister supports the building of luxury houses at Plemont you know that that the environment is not in safe hands but as Dr. Romeril points out - this is nothing new.

Zoro

let's face it Dr Romeril would have been one of the best things for Jersey ,but was railroaded out...why...he cared for the environment that he knew and loved...and spoke the 'inconvenient truth'those in bed with developers and the greed culture saw him as a barrier to getting their grubby hands on more dosh ....at the expense of the environment...and on and on the gravy train has run...."Portelet' would have been utterly unthinkable in Mikes day...but it happened... the examples are legion....the commitment of Dr.Romeril and his keen local knowledge is another hideous story in the blatant rape and mutilation of our once beautiful island.....if there is an ounce of conscience left in those responsible...I hope it is wracked in torment.