Green Town

The Government should be trying to plant more trees, turning our bare concrete urban roads into tree-lined avenues and planting trees along more of our main roads outside of town.

For example, Gloucester Street is currently a wide three-lane road, with two traffic lanes and one lane for parking. The lane for parking could be sacrificed and a new "green lane" could be planted with trees and grass. You could even still maintain some disabled parking, unloading bays or cycle parking in between the trees. During the evening, when the road is less busy, one of the traffic lanes could be converted into a parking lane so that people can park for the Opera House or local restaurants for example, companies could access deliveries etc.

There are a large number of both main and parish roads in St Helier that could use this treatment and have enough space for it. A new car park should be provided in the north of town. This may seem counterintuitive but actually it could allow us to get rid of on-street parking and have more space for people on our roads. We could even implement "pocket parks" on sections of roads that don't have property accesses, with small areas of lawn, benches etc.

The next Island Plan should declare St Helier as an "City National Park" where the aim is to enhance green space, provide more trees and nature in town and support eco-friendly projects, such as putting solar panels on building roofs.

It is great to see that the new Hospital road will see the expansion of People's Park and we need to assure at this point that the land gained north of the road is dedicated to a natural urban park to give town residents better access to nature.

Why the contribution is important

Green space is important not only to counter the climate emergency but also to work against our society's mental health crisis.

by Jerriaisjanne on February 23, 2021 at 01:41PM

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  • Posted by brucecarnegie February 25, 2021 at 19:40

    I'd just add that green areas filled with trees, grass and other plants can act to absorb some of the vehicle pollution. Large mature trees (when's the best time to plant a tree? - 20 years ago, second best time is now) provide shade and help temperature regulation which is essential for urban areas as record breaking heatwaves keep coming. Plus many other benefits.

    Why don't we give over the top floor (open air) of each multi storey car park to create an urban garden. These would provide a green oasis in the urban heart. Mini parks right in the middle of town.
  • Posted by brucecarnegie February 26, 2021 at 11:09

    I was listening to Radio 4 this morning about an initiative in the UK to plant blossoming trees in urban areas. The Japanese ambassador was discussing how beautiful this is in Japan.

    Something actually being done.

    BBC link here

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56196275
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne March 03, 2021 at 17:22

    Just a note about what could be done on Gloucester Street using the wonderful Streetmix webapp:

    https://streetmix.net/-/1399362

    Due to the width of the western pavement, it could be a shared use path to allow cyclists to contraflow / have a safer route along this busy main road.

    Compared to the current street:

    https://streetmix.net/-/1399387
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