Review: Planning lines are a threat to active strategy



Oakfield Sports Center. Photo: ROB CURRIE. (32230145)

The Economic and International Affairs panel says the Inspiring Active Places strategy could be affected by the denial of building permits at Oakfield Sports Center and the lack of progress in renovating the Springfield Sports Center.

In a report produced ahead of next week’s government plan debate, the panel – chaired by MP David Johnson – calls on the Minister of Economic Development to put contingency plans in place to cover risks such as denials planning, delays and skyrocketing costs.

The issue of skateparks is also addressed in the report, with a recommendation that detailed information be provided to member states and islanders on applications for the proposed facility of South Hill and other satellite skateparks.

Plans to renovate Elizabeth Castle were also considered by the panel, with members expressing concern that an insufficient understanding of the building’s makeup could lead to delays and unforeseen risks. It is recommended that the Minister of Economic Development initiate a full risk assessment of the proposed project at Elizabeth Castle and ensure that Jersey Heritage has the experience required to undertake the work.

The panel concluded that overall it was satisfied with the majority of the programs and the rationale for the 2022 funding offers, with none of the 20 programs receiving a red “RAG” rating, with three classified as orange and the stay green.


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