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Almost 2,000 attend Waterfront protest

Almost 2,000 attend Waterfront protest

Monday 08 June 2015

Almost 2,000 attend Waterfront protest

Monday 08 June 2015

Organisers say that almost 2,000 people attended yesterday’s protest to say a resounding “No” to plans for a huge office development on the Esplanade.

Organiser Sean Power – a former States Deputy – says that he is delighted by the turnout, which he says has sent a strong message to the States of Jersey Development Company and the Council of Ministers that the public aren’t convinced by their plans.

Protestors held signs saying “No” and signed a petition as they stood around the car park – and drivers hit their horns.

Ten days ago it was announced that UBS had signed on the dotted line to become the first tenants for the Jersey International Finance Centre – the controversial and delayed development of six office blocks planned for the Esplanade car park.

But while the States-owned developers say that work could start immediately, doubts have surfaced about the finances and the risks of the project. A Scrutiny report on the project is due at the end of the month, and Deputy Power says that nothing should happen until it is published.

“There is a possibility that they will delay until the report is published,” he said.

“There will be a plea to the head of the development company and the Chief Minister tomorrow that nothing should happen until the end of June.

“If the Scrutiny report says it’s a financial disaster, I will expect the Chairman of the development company to resign, and I think that the Treasury Minister’s position will be untenable.

“If the report comes back the other way, then I will shut up and go away.”

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