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Push to find funding to revive La Collette Gardens project

Push to find funding to revive La Collette Gardens project

Thursday 28 March 2024

Push to find funding to revive La Collette Gardens project

Thursday 28 March 2024


Plans to restore and develop a park area overlooking Havre des Pas have not been able to progress because the previous government decided not to fund them.

Reviving South Hill Park and La Collette Gardens has long been a government aspiration, and a formal proposal was officially developed in 2022.

It was hoped that the latter would be able to host a “place to remember” for those who were failed by the island’s care system, including a new path, pergolas and a fountain, and a planning application was approved earlier this year.

But it’s now emerged that it is unclear how plans to regenerate the area will progress because a request for funding in last year’s Government Plan was turned down.

Infrastructure Minister Andy Jehan confirmed, however, that the new Government – in place since the toppling of Chief Minister Kristina Moore in January – was now looking at alternative funding methods.

Pictured: The La Collette Gardens and South Hill Park areas sustained significant damage during Storm Ciarán.

This might include dipping into an Infrastructure money pot for funding public realm projects or through a separate request for funding in the next Government Plan.

Constable Jehan provided the details following questions from former Housing Minister David Warr, who represents the area as a Deputy.

The Minister separately confirmed that work to repair damage caused to the South Hill Park and La Collette Gardens areas caused by Storm Ciarán was underway.

“…30 mature trees were damaged or came down,” he explained. 

“These trees, and their associated roots and stumps, have been cleared and areas relevelled for replanting. There has been damage to paths and steps from falling trees and the large vehicles required to remove them. Safety repairs to the paths and walls are underway, with these repairs being completed to a level that allows safe access to the public.”

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