Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Manifest Delays in Parking Promised

Manifest Delays in Parking Promised

St Brelade recently held a Parish assembly:

“To consider and if deemed advisable approve the recommendation of the Parish Roads Committee to request the Minister for Transport to make the relevant amendments to the Road Traffic (St Brelade) (Jersey) Order 1990 and Road Traffic (Public Parking Places) (Jersey) Order 2006, with regard to various parking restrictions in St Aubin. Details and plans as displayed at the Parish Hall.”

Due to a large contingent of St Aubin residents, the plan was rejected.

But it made me think of a few manifesto commitments regarding parking in St Aubin and traffic in St Brelade.

Deputy Murray Norton’s 2014 Manifesto stated:

“Parking in St Aubin. For too long residents and businesses have suffered, we must tackle this issue and I believe I have viable options and possible solutions.”

If they existed, three and a half years down the line, I have yet to see them.

“Security. With the success of areas such as St Aubin, comes the added burden on policing. We need inexpensive, non-intrusive security cameras.”

That has not happened either. It would have been possible to bring a proposition to the States or to the Parish concerning CCTV, but it ever came about.

Deputy Graham Truscott is wide ranging:

“I think we should explore and consider the idea of making all roads within St Brelade no more than 30mph, as most of them already are. Obviously the areas around schools and estates should remain at their present limits. Other strategic traffic calming measures should be considered.”

Proposed changes have been suggested and are with Department of Infrastructure. Except for La Pulente and the Five Mile Road, and the area around Corbière, everywhere else would have a maximum speed of 30 mph, with many having lower limits.

The impetus for this has, however, come from the Parish Roads Committee under the Chairmanship of Constable Steve Pallett, and only came late last year. Not only did Deputy Truscott not have anything to do with it, there is no evidence he brought any propositions to the Parish Assembly, or had conversations with the roads committee regarding this.

“The railway track has been left to deteriorate over the years due to cost cutting. The track is a tourist amenity and an asset to the parish and island. It is also of significant importance to our wildlife and squirrel population. We need to nurture this jewel in our crown and I would like to see more work carried out to achieve this.”

A little bird tells me that part of this idea has surfaced in informal conversations in which Deputy Truscott has suggested putting tarmac on at least part of the railway walk. If he had done his homework, and in fairness not everyone knows this, he would have discovered that the Parish is not responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the railway walk.

It is States property, and Property Holdings have to look after it. They tried to suggest giving the Parish a sum of money every year to the Parish in return for the Parish taking on this role, but who is to say that a future Minister might cut back on that, and where would the ratepayer be then? Sensibly Constable Steve Pallett has turned down their offer.

The Undeserving Poor

Murray Norton stated in his manifesto:

“Having come from a personal background of poverty, the importance of helping others in the community has always been a major driving force in my life. I am passionate about making people's lives better”

This presumably is why the Deputy voted to remove the Christmas bonus from the pensioners in his own Parish, as well as not supporting Deputy Judy Martin’s proposition to retain means tested TV licences for the over 75s. Making people’s lives better? Not if you are elderly and poor, evidently.

Graham Truscott stated:

“I promise to put parishioners first and reconnect the voter with Government and carry their voice into the States.”

This presumably is why the Deputy voted to remove the Christmas bonus from the pensioners in his own Parish, as well as not supporting Deputy Judy Martin’s proposition to retain means tested TV licences for the over 75s. Parishioners first? Not if you are elderly and poor, evidently.

My mother, who is a pensioner, says that she and her friends are not impressed by either Deputy over this matter.

Postscript: Over the next months, I will be looking at every States members manifesto promises and declarations, I'm not singling out these two.

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