JEP photographer ready to run for Deputy’s seat in St Brelade
JEP photographer Tony Pike is to stand for election in May.
The 54-year-old, who will leave the newspaper next month after 30 years of service, will compete for a seat in his home district of St Brelade No 2.
The district has two seats, currently occupied by Deputies Graham Truscott and Montfort Tadier.
Mr Pike, who has a keen interest in the Occupation, lists the environment, tourism and housing among his priorities and believes derelict glasshouse sites should be developed to provide first-time-buyer homes.
‘Providing more first-time-buyer housing would be a key issue for me,’ said Mr Pike, who is married to Pauline and has a daughter, Brittany.
‘There is no point in the States paying tuition fees for university students if graduates don’t have a future in their own island. They are not going to put down roots in the Island if they can’t buy their own homes, and we will just end up with high-value residents and immigrants.
‘I believe brownfield sites and glasshouse sites should be developed for first-time-buyer homes only, and every parish should have a responsibility to do this,’ he added.
Mr Pike, who is being proposed by former St Brelade No 2 Deputy Sean Power and seconded by D-Day veteran Harry Fenn, also believes that the States should cut the ‘outrageous’ expenditure on outside experts and ‘unnecessary reports’.
He also said that more should be done to tackle the sea lettuce problem which blights St Aubin’s Bay each summer.