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Future Jersey - we know what it is, but not yet how to get there

Future Jersey - we know what it is, but not yet how to get there

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Future Jersey - we know what it is, but not yet how to get there

Tuesday 27 March 2018

A long-term vision for the future of Jersey has now been published after two years of consultation with the public - all that remains is working out how to achieve it.

The 20-year plan has now been finally confirmed, having been drafted following the 'My Jersey' survey, which received 4,150 responses and over 8,000 comments describing people's aspirations for the island.

The ‘Future Jersey’ vision gives politicians an idea of how islanders want Jersey to look, feel and 'be' in the future, and will be used as a tool to measure if the States are on track to achieving them.

Future Jersey Vision website

Pictured: The ‘Future Jersey’ vision website shows the priorities for the next 20 years and the progress in achieving those aims. 

Unlike other bodies, such as Visit Jersey who publicly announced their goal of one million visitors by 2030, there are no concrete targets in the “Future Jersey” vision - there is only a commitment to deliver islanders' wish list for a better place to live by 2038. 

Dr Ian Skinner, who led the strategic project, said that “strategies are not included in Future Jersey as they are too broad and will change” and will “constantly evolve” over the next two decades to achieve islanders' aspirations.   

But it’s not just for States' use. Organisations, charities and islanders can also access it online to see if their work and aims can help deliver these 10 community, environmental and economic goals, which can only be achieved “if we can work together” according to Senator Ian Gorst.

Senator Ian Gorst officially launching Future Jersey

Picture: Senator Ian Gorst officially launched 'Future Jersey' describing it as "a really exciting journey."

The model is based on best practices used elsewhere including Australia, Virginia and Cardiff, but has also been adapted to island life, which the public and a number of stakeholders in the community have helped to shape.

Drawing from people's responses to 'My Jersey', it sets out 10 community, environmental and economic outcomes:

  1. We will feel safe and protected at home, work and in public
  2. Our children will enjoy the best start in life
  3. We will enjoy living in a vibrant and inclusive community
  4. We will enjoy long, healthy and active lives
  5. We will value and enjoy our built and historic environment
  6. We will protect our unique natural environment for future generations
  7. We will use and maintain our natural resources responsibly
  8. We will be able to afford a decent standard of living
  9. Our island will be an attractive place to do business
  10. We will be able to benefit from a strong economy and rewarding job opportunities.

The vision covers areas like safety, wellbeing, health and affordability which are then broken down into ambitions. Under each ambition islanders can find out what is currently being done to achieve them, the progress and how the long-term trend is looking. The plan also highlights what is influencing that indicator.

Here’s what some of those stakeholders would like Jersey to achieve by 2038…


Video: Express found out what key stakeholders wanted to see in Jersey by 2038.

Jersey Sport’s Chief Executive Officer, Catriona McAllister, said: “What we would ultimately like to see is islanders have many different opportunities to be active whether it’s through sport or some other form. That’s where we want to be, we want to be one of the most active populations in the world.”

James Le Feuvre from Mind Jersey said: “People will be able to talk about mental health, their own mental health and concerns they have as readily as they talk about their physical health.

Lesley Dickie from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust explained that in 20 years-time she would; “Like to see the natural environment, in particular species, are really looked after and valued on the island.”

Anne King from Jersey’s Consumer Council described an island that has “got rid of some of the pockets in our society where people can't afford to eat, can’t afford to visit the dentist, can’t afford to pay the rent.”

ArtHouse Jersey’s Caitlin Serey said the goal would be to “create great artistic content and deliver that to the community.”  

Future Jersey vision launch

Pictured: The 'Future Jersey' vision doesn't explain how islander's aspirations will be achieved, but it will be used to guide each new Council of Ministers on their Medium Term Strategic Plans.

The 10 priorities in the first long-term planning document for the island aren’t set in stone - they are simply there to “inspire conversations and debates", according to Dr Skinner, as they may change and evolve over the next 20 years.

The creator of the Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) framework, Mark Friedman, has praised the document, saying: “Future Jersey places Jersey as one of the leaders in the world in the use of outcomes to plan for future quality of life. And it includes a commitment to use measures to track and judge progress. It lays the groundwork for partners from all walks of life to work together to make the vision real.”  

Read the full 'Future Jersey' Vision here. 


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