States ‘should loan National Trust the money for Plémont’
Thursday 29th November 2012, 2:40PM GMT.
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to restore Plémont to nature should use a loan from the States to purchase the site, according to Deputy Geoff Southern.
The long-serving politician has lodged an amendment to Chief Minister Ian Gorst’s proposal to buy the land before selling it on to the National Trust for Jersey for £2m.
Deputy Southern has said that Senator Gorst has not found the right balance between acquiring the land and the cost to the public purse.
He wants the States to agree to loan the trust enough money to buy the site with the trust paying back the money over ten years.
The amendment comes as Senator Gorst and Senator Sir Philip Bailhache prepare to convince their colleagues to vote in favour of spending public money on Plémont.
They have also organised a public meeting at the Town Hall on Wednesday 5 December at 7.30 pm to explain why they believe the purchase of Plémont and its restoration to nature are so important.
Meanwhile, the Jersey band Badlabecques’s song in Jèrrias in support of the National Trust for Jersey’s campaign is now available to purchase from iTunes. A video of the band performing the song can also be seen on YouTube: Click here