Campaign To Restore Jersey’s Public Realm

Friday 26 May 13:03

Jersey is losing its uniqueness says Save Jersey’s Heritage. In a hard-hitting campaign launched this week, and backed by the Jersey Evening Post, the campaign group – founded nearly thirty years ago to save Government House from demolition – criticises the States and States-owned bodies for damaging the look and feel of the Island. ‘The appeal of the island scene has been steadily eroded by States’ departments whose principal concern seems to be rolling out standards and equipment more suited to the arterial road network in the UK than to an island with a visitor economy to nurture’ said Save Jersey’s Heritage Chairman Christopher Scholefield. ‘We have spent nearly thirty years saving buildings and campaigning for better recognition of our built heritage. Now we’re asking islanders to think about the space between and around those buildings – the Public Realm.’

The new campaign is backed-up by a 45-page document, This Realm of Ours, published by Save Jersey’s Heritage and circulated to States’ Members, chief executives of government departments, and leading figures in the hospitality industry, commerce, and conservation organisations. Christopher Scholefield claims it is the first time that anyone has brought together documentary evidence of how ‘the public realm of our unique and precious island has been damaged over the past thirty years. It provides a rallying cry to those who, like us, love Jersey with a passion and insist this damage must be stopped…and then reversed.’

According to Save Jersey’s Heritage, the island has become cluttered with signs, neglected its roads, and introduced inappropriate street-lighting.  They claim the airport and harbours have lost sight of the vital importance of making a striking and welcoming first impression on visitors. With uncertainty over BREXIT, the group believes the island must act swiftly to revive the tourism industry. Writing in This Realm of Ours they say: ‘Jersey should capitalise on its assets by offering an ‘islandscape’ that is a world apart, not just a cramped version of the mainland; in other words sights, sounds, materials and experiences on a scale, and with an attention to detail, that is at once pleasing and unique to the island.’

To view "This Realm of Ours" please visit Jersey Heritages website: www.savejerseysheritage.org

 

 

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