by Jeff Hathaway
Although work has halted and an investigation is underway, spoil and mud dumped upon the foreshore at Les Creux continues to leach into the sea and discolour part of the western end of St. Brelade's Bay on high tides.
Connétable Mike Jackson commented: “By virtue of requiring investigation, this incident points to the fact that some of our planning laws need more rigorous enforcement. The impact upon the adjacent marine environment has, I believe, yet to be assessed”
The Co-ordinator for St. Brelade in Bloom, said, "After months of work by volunteers in our community, including several beach clearing days, which won for us Jersey’s Best Coastal Parish Category, and ensured our reaching the Finals of Britain in Bloom 2009, this is not just disheartening for all who were involved in this achievement, but surely a disgrace for Jersey. If, for our outstanding care of our community and its coastal environment, we were to obtain high honours in the Britain in Bloom Awards 2008, at the Award Ceremony on 24th September, I would feel we were obtaining that honour unjustly, because of, what appears to be, outrageous action by these contractors.”
The work on the private road, which runs parallel to the Le Creux shoreline, was undertaken to in order to repair subsidence and upgrade the existing road.
La Baguette understands that the works received retrospective planning consent, the work allegedly having been prematurely started by the contractor.
Planning & Environment ordered an immediate investigation to determine whether there had been a breach in the Planning Law or any other Regulation under the remit of their department A report was subsequently prepared and submitted for prosecution.
However, La Baguette has been advised that at the resulting Parish Hall Enquiry, the Duty Centenier, on guidance from the Attorney General, had referred the paperwork to Law Officers Department for further examination. The matter continues, and is not expected to be resolved in the immediate future.