In recognition of their longstanding and important stakeholder role with the island’s environmental and closely associated matters, Michael du Pre (SOSJ Chairman) and David Cabeldu (SOSJ Coordinator) were invited to a discussion with the Chief Minister on 18 September 2014 about current issues.
Matters discussed included those with which our members will already be familiar from previous website posts:
- asbestos siting and disposal
- the proposed Esplanade Car Park development project
- the reactivation and future running of the Ramsar Management Authority
- St Aubin’s Bay sea lettuce problem
- and clarifications surrounding legal steps relating to the pumping of contaminated water into the sea at La Collette)
There was a frank exchange of views and, where appropriate, the Chief Minister undertook to follow up points raised by SOSJ.
He stated that he and his fellow politicians, despite the wide ranging nature of their political roles, were all extremely committed to protecting and improving Jersey’s environment and that it was important for them to be aware from time to time from a non governmental source of the potential environmental considerations that might need to be associated with their decision making.
SOSJ were very pleased to hear this and expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for his interest.