An electrician-by-trade with two businesses under his belt is standing for the role of Constable of St. Helier in the hope of being able to promote greater disability access and awareness and reopen Broad Street.
Mark Le Chevalier describes himself as a “true Jerseyman”, having been born in St. Helier and still living in the parish with his wife and two children.
He said he was inspired to stand for the role due to conversations with parishioners through work.
“I want to be in a role where I can act on peoples’ concerns, whilst endorsing my own qualities, skillsets and values. I will not be joining a political party as I believe the Constable should remain independent,” he said.
“If elected I would like to focus on disability access and awareness, as the current legislation does not meet that of the UK and needs updating. Disabled islanders are becoming anxious about travelling through town as they are at risk of injury which is unfair.”
Another prioritu, Mr Le Chevalier said, would be to “find more activities and social areas for youngsters within the parish.”
“Children need activities in which to keep them entertained and to deter them from transgression,” he explained.
Pictured: Mr Le Chevalier would like to see "central artery" Broad Street reopened.
He described parking as one of the “biggest problems” faced by the parish.
“Although I support a green environment, there is a realistic requirement for parking which needs to be rebalanced. I would potentially like to see a new environmentally friendly carpark built on the outskirts of St Helier that would offer a park and ride scheme to the public.”
He continued: “As well as addressing traffic congestion, I endeavour to open Broad Street which is a central artery to accessing the town centre.”
Mr Le Chevalier also said he would introduce quarterly meetings during which parishioners can raise concerns, as “communication and transparency are key for parishioners and businesses alike”, and review the “current parish structure and voting system so that all parishioners have the opportunity to vote on parish proposals.”
Summing up, he said: “My vision is to see the parish thrive like it has done in the past with heavy footfall entering the town centre within a bright, clean and vibrant community which islanders and tourists can enjoy.
“…It would be a great privilege to become father of the parish and to represent the people of St. Helier.”
Jersey's election is taking place on 22 June.
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