Island Plan ; The Elephant in the Room

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Much is written and spoken about private car use. Some Islanders go as far as to demand that car ownership should be restricted. The elephant in the room is the Island Plan. It is carefully constructed to avoid any public discussion about commercial traffic. In the current Plan the word 'car' is referred to numerous times, but the word 'commercial vehicle' is never used, and the word 'lorry' just once. The underlying reason for this is the official policy to enable the setting up of any business on farms. It is perfectly permissible to set up a wholesaling business on the north coast, import all goods through the harbour, get delivery in a big truck, then distribute all over the Island in vans. Rural employment is a lie since Jersey Emplyment Law does not allow discrimination in favour of a person living close by. The Plan does not contain any provision for the creation of dedicated commercial areas, where businesses should be established. Commercial estates are a common feature in the UK and European countries. The effect of this elephant is commercial traffic all over the Island and urban-rural commuting.

 

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Effective reduction of traffic and pollution is only possible when the Government is more even handed in the creation of plans, policies and laws when it comes to climate change. The Government is insincere when it tries to shame ordinary Islanders in feeling guilty.

by sylvainforet on February 12, 2021 at 09:32AM

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