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Weighbridge and Liberation Square to be combined in time for 75th Liberation Day anniversary?

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FURTHER details have emerged about proposals to join Liberation Square and the Weighbridge to form a single public space.

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The plans, called ‘Liberation 75’, were revealed in the States this week by Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis, and are due to form part of the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day in 2020.

Deputy Lewis, who was responding to a question from St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft, said the plans would involve the extinguishing of the Esplanade link road between the two squares.

‘Liberation 75 is a proposal to join Liberation Square and Weighbridge Place by extinguishing the section of road between the two spaces to create a large, improved public-amenity space,’ Deputy Lewis said.

‘It is proposed that it is completed by and opened on 9 May 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Island.

‘Thereafter, the new combined amenity space will be available for the continuation and enhancement of the numerous community activities the squares currently host.’

Mr Crowcroft then asked if he and his parish’s Roads Committee would be briefed about the plans.

In response, Deputy Lewis said that the plans had been discussed a number of times over the past decade, most recently by the Future St Helier group – of which the Constable is a member. Deputy Lewis explained that the project had not progressed as funding had not been available.

However, he said that money for the scheme would be put in place in the next Budget – which was still being debated by the States yesterday – and that he would make sure the parish was kept updated.

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Currently, a number of bus routes use the link road to access the bus station.

Deputy Mike Higgins asked Deputy Lewis if the changes could affect services.

The Infrastructure Minister said: ‘There is plenty of access coming round different routes. There is not an awful lot of traffic using those slip roads, but obviously the bus company is one of the stakeholders involved.’

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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