A former Senator has queried whether the site of a manor house tipped to break the island's property sale record could be used for affordable housing.
Nigel Quérée had this to say...
The contrast between the comments of Paul Martin, the Government’s Interim CEO, to the Chamber of Commerce and the news that Maison de la Vallette is for sale at £40m could not be more stark.
Paul Martin referred to the growing gap between the asset rich and cash poor and that covid has intensified inequalities, which is clearest in unaffordable housing.
Maison de la Valette is set in 40 vergées of land including many tranquil areas within the grounds to relax and escape!
Surely, the perfect way to square these circles would be for the States to buy Maison de la Valette to build affordable housing?
The main house, as well as providing a number of apartments, can with its very large leisure/games room, a 'state of the art' cinema and a large gymnasium/health complex, together with the swimming pool, would make an ideal community centre to give this new village’s residents magnificent amenities.
Time for ordinary taxpayers to have the same housing opportunities as the high-net-worth individuals!
Nigel Quérée, former Senator
Pictured top: An advert on the Wilsons website for Maison de la Valette, which currently carries a £39.95m price tag.