States WON'T buy Plemont
|Gorst caught hook, line, and sinker :)|
Jersey States have voted against buying the land at Plemont headland - the site of the former Pontin's holiday camp.
The proposal was lost by only one vote in it; 24-25.
It was a proposal that divided opinion in the island.
Planning had been approved for a housing development, so the government would have had to pay out millions of pounds of tax payers money to purchase it.
An independent report has put the market value of the site at £4m - but developers want £14m.
Today, politicians voted against asking the National Trust to foot the whole bill to buy the land.
They also said no to a proposal to loan the National Trust the money to buy the headland, over both ten years and fifty years.
The charity had offered to pay part of the cost, up to £3 million.
The rest of the money would have been funded by the taxpayer.
The landowner say he will fight to keep the land and develop it for housing.
Chief Minister Ian Gorst wanted the States to act in partnership with the National Trust over acquiring the site and returning it to nature.
The owner was recently been given planning consent to build 28 houses and the valuation, made very recently, takes the planning permit into consideration.
How they voted: In favour were:-
Senators Paul Routier, Philip Ozouf, Alan Breckon, Ian Le Marquand, Francis Le Gresley, Ian Gorst, Lyndon Farnham and Sir Philip Bailhache, Constables Simon Crowcroft, Deidre Mezbourian, Michael Paddock, Michel Le Troquer and Sadie Rennard, Deputies James Reed, Carolyn Labey, Jacqueline Hilton, John Fondré, Montfort Tadier, Andrew Green, Jeremy Maçon, John Young, Susie Pinel, John Le Bailly and Kristina Moore
Senator Sarah Ferguson, Constables John Gallichan, Dan Murphy, Len Norman, John Refault, Juliette Gallichan, Phil Rondel and Stephen Pallett, Deputies Rob Duhamel, Roy Le Hérissier, Judy Martin, Geoff Southern, Anne Pryke, Sean Power, Shona Pitman, Kevin Lewis, Trevor Pitman, Eddie Noel, Tracey Vallois, Mike Higgins, Gerard Baudains, James Baker, Steve Luce, Rod Bryans and Richard Rondel.
Deputy Pat Ryan declared an interest and Senator Maclean was absent.