Waste charge will 'extinguish Jersey's future potential'

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JERSEY’S proposed new waste charge will make the hospitality sector ‘struggle to be competitive’ and put ‘countless’ jobs at risk, a leading industry figure has said.

This week Infrastructure Minister Eddie Noel lodged a proposition to introduce a planned new levy on liquid waste produced by businesses, which is due to come into effect by March 2018, if approved by the States.

The liquid waste charge would see firms charged £2.27 per cubic metre on 95 per cent of their water usage, with a further solid-waste charge of £150 per tonne due to be introduced within a year. The Infrastructure Department has said that the charges are aimed at making up a £11.35 million budget gap.

A department report said that the liquid charge would cost a large hotel £40,039 per year, while a medium-sized guest house would pay £1,442 and a small coffee shop £954.

Jersey Hospitality Association president and hotelier Fiona Kerley said that the new charges would damage her industry’s potential for growth.

‘Just now, when Jersey is turning the corner and its residents are once again becoming proud of welcoming visitors to their Island, this proposal could not come at a worse time.

‘The method of imposing these costs will impact on visitors and residents alike. Jersey will struggle to be competitive, countless jobs will be put at risk and Jersey’s future potential will be extinguished,' she said.

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Comments for: "Waste charge will 'extinguish Jersey's future potential'"

Shoot to Thrill

Scary stuff.

Its like if the loony left wing outfit Reform Jersey ever got any control it would extinguish Jersey's Finance Industry.

Squawkie L Pelican

*yawn... whatever Chatterbox.

Shoot to Thrill

Scary stuff.

Its like if the loony left wing outfit Reform Jersey ever got any control it would extinguish Jersey's Finance Industry.

Squawkie L Pelican

Oh yeah? Change the record. *Yawn.

Squawkie L Pelican

Blatant tax not designed to increase efficiency.

DFI continue to increase the efforts to boost revenue which is not actually what they are supposed to provide. Parasites.

Timbo Slice

Blimey..... £40k per year for a large hotel???

There goes the remainder of our tourism industry

Well on the sunny side, the States may soon announce that our housing problem may be solved when more hotels convert their shoebox rooms into "luxury apartments".

If a legal sewage tax is introduced then the States should find a way to monitor the true outgoing liquid waste, as opposed to purely hypothetical.

WHEN not IF, this then moves to domestic charges I will most certainly be disputing it as at least half of my metered liquid usage, including drinking water, dish water and bath water (excluding the obvious).

Timbo Slice

I would also ask them to (falsify) provide a breakdown of all costs including associated management salary to confirm that £2.27 per metre cubed is accurate.

Finbarr Saunders

Perhaps hotels could charge per flush for a truly user pays scheme.

jsy3

I believe States of Jersey Financial Directions state that the fee charged for any service provided by the States of Jersey must be equal to the cost of providing the service. I can't see how these proposals meet that criteria. Maybe they have been using Dianne Abbott as an accounting consultant.