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OPEN LETTER: Play.com site should be considered for new school

OPEN LETTER: Play.com site should be considered for new school

Wednesday 26 October 2022

OPEN LETTER: Play.com site should be considered for new school

Wednesday 26 October 2022


A group of Reform Jersey politicians has written to the Education and Housing Ministers to ask that the former Play.com warehouse site is considered as an option for a new town primary school.

Here's what the party's eight St. Helier representatives had to say to Deputies Inna Gardiner and David Warr...

Dear Ministers,

As Deputies of St. Helier we share the Minister for Education's desire to improve access to schools for children living in St. Helier and welcome the publication of the Town Primary School Review. During the last term of office it was an amendment brought by our party member, Deputy Rob Ward, to the Bridging Island Plan, which secured the former Gasworks site for a school if no other more suitable place became available.

Our party has also retained a commitment to increase green space in St. Helier, and it was party member Deputy Geoff Southern who brought the successful proposition to fund the development of Millennium Town Park.

During the election campaign we listened to the concerns of residents and noted the following:

  • Many children living in St. Helier were having to drive to schools out of town and new school facilities are required to meet the needs of the community.

  • The community would like to see Millennium Town Park extended.

  • People living in St. Helier are concerned about how the increasing population living in town and the high density of new residential developments in the area.

We note that only Government owned sites were considered during the review carried out by the IBI Group, and that the former Play.com warehouse site has since come into public ownership with Andium Homes planning a high-density residential development on the site.

We request that this site is considered by Ministers as a possible school site instead, as it could provide the required primary school facilities and then allow for the former Gasworks site to be used for the extension of Millennium Park.

As elected representatives of St. Helier Central and St. Helier South we consider that this would provide the best possible outcome for our constituents.

We look forward to receiving your response.

Deputy Carina Alves (St. Helier Central)

Deputy Catherine Curtis (St. Helier Central)

Deputy Lyndsay Feltham (St. Helier Central)

Deputy Geoff Southern (St. Helier Central)

Deputy Rob Ward (St. Helier Central)

Deputy Tom Coles (St. Helier South)

Deputy Sam Mézec (St. Helier South)

Deputy Beatriz Porée (St. Helier South)

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