Cycle track ‘sacrilege’
Thursday 3rd January 2013, 2:50PM GMT.
CHANGING the look of one of the town’s most historic harbours to allow for a cycle track would be ‘sacrilege’ and has ‘horrified’ the marine community, the chairman of the St Helier Boat Owners Association has said.
Mike Stevens says that a proposal by Transport and Technical Services to widen the
road past the slipways at the English and French Harbours to create the track would also result in a loss of car parking spaces.
TTS say that the £400,000 project would involve building new granite walls on
top of part of the existing slipways. The granite work would be in the same style as the existing walls and all the granite and slipway cobbles would be left intact behind and beneath the new structures.
But Mr Stevens believes that ‘hiding’ the original wall would be criminal. He is objecting to the scheme along with Doug Ford, a committee member of the Friends of the Maritime Museum, who said this week that the plans would not be in keeping with the area.