Meeting could be springboard to sporting new future for the Fort

Jonathan Ruff was due to meet senior officials from the Economic Development Department today, among them the Assistant Minister with responsibility for sport, Steve Pallett, to discuss his vision for the site.

The meeting follows comments he made last week in which he hit out at the States for failing to take action over the last two decades on Fort Regent. And he has revealed more details about how he thinks the site could be transformed.

The once popular cable cars which used to link the Fort with Snow Hill are top of his list for reinstatement, should he get the go-ahead to run some activities out of the centre. He said that the outside areas could be used for a go-kart track or a mini-golf course and fairground rides. And he would like to see the indoor café moved to the balcony to create more floor space for activities, while allowing people to eat and watch from above.

His plans received great support from Islanders, with 95 per cent of the 3,000 people who took part in a poll on the JEP’s website saying that they backed Mr Ruff to take on the Fort Regent project. The poll received more responses than any other run on the JEP’s website with nearly 10,000 views.

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