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New group to improve St. Brelade’s Bay

‘New Chapter’ in the bay’s history
by Sarah Ferguson

A new chapter was opened in the affairs of St Brelades Bay with the formation of a "Friends of St Brelade’s Bay Group (FOSB)” on 10th June. Robert Jones invited interested residents and representatives of businesses of the bay to a meeting at the newly finished Oyster Box. The object of the meeting was to discuss ways of enhancing the bay for the benefit of both residents and visitors
Chris Sampson of TTS explained the problems with the beach and the measures TTS were taking to redress the movement of the sand. Kevin Lemasny of the Economic Development Department suggested ways in which EDD and Tourism could help, and introduced Donna Le Marrec from Tourism who would be detailed to give more hands on assistance.
There were suggestions from the audience regarding infrastructure projects which they felt were key to improving the bay. These included street lighting, a ramp from the ‘Wayside’ slip to the east end of the promenade, traffic calming measures for the road between the St Brelades Bay Hotel and the Churchyard. The representative from the Beach Guards felt that speed boats should only be allowed to access the shore through a specific lane, as in St Aubin’s Bay, and there should be a clearly defined area for swimmers only. Discussion followed on a swimming platform in the bay but the Harbour Master, Howard Le Cornu, and the beach guards advised against this. The residents considered that it was essential that the walk along the promenade should be made as attractive as possible and an award scheme most attractive frontage was also discussed. The condition of rails along the wall were described as being somewhat scruffy. The Harbour Master took note of this.
Mr Lemasney suggested that it might be possible for the Tourism Development Fund to finance key projects, a view which was supported by John King, the Chairman of the Fund.
It was agreed that a Business Case should be compiled describing the initial measures discussed and would obtain estimates for the work required. This will be presented to the Tourism Development Fund as part of the request for financing.
It was decided to set up a small committee to start putting ideas together and a number of volunteers were enlisted. It was planned to hold another meeting later in the summer to bring residents up to date. In the meantime it was suggested that there should be a blog on the La Baguette website which would keep the FOSB Group and the Parish informed as to ideas and plans and would allow for ideas to be submitted. Sue Chinn and Sarah Ferguson volunteered to run this after suitable training!
Details of contacts will be published in due course but in the first instance any communications should be sent to Robert Jones at:

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