More than a year ago I announced that my department would be drafting and lodging a new proposal for a land development charge called a Jersey Infrastructure Levy. Since then, and following the public launch of proposals, there’s been a lot of talk about the levy, so I’d like to explain why I want to … Read more Why I want to introduce a land development charge
The beauty and diversity of Jersey’s natural environment is key to its appeal as a place to live and through our recent My Jersey survey, thousands of you made it clear that the environment is high on your list of important issues for the Island’s future. More than 50% of you set your future ambition … Read more Protect the environment for the future
There are plenty of local issues that affect our daily lives in Jersey. But at a time of well-documented low voter turn out, is there much appetite for thinking about the bigger picture in Jersey, or for considering the Island’s long-term future? It seems there is. And it’s been a delight to see this reflected … Read more Jersey 2036 – what you’d change
In my last blog post, I looked at why we need a long-term vision for Jersey – an addition to the four year plans set by each Council of Ministers and which would be the guiding document by which all other policies across government would be guided and informed. How though do we begin the process … Read more How do we shape a long-term vision for Jersey
In March this year Jersey’s government launched a consultation on a long-term vision for Jersey. The idea was to begin to raise awareness and encourage debate about some of the bigger issues Jersey faces over the longer term and to capture people’s views before the final vision was developed. It’s a woolly term ‘vision’ and … Read more Does Jersey need a long-term plan?
Do you know you can do more to your home or business without planning permission, and we’ve brought in changes to make applying for planning more straightforward? When the Minister for Environment, Deputy Steve Luce came in, he asked the Planning Department to review the law on what you can do without planning permission, known … Read more Fly your flags (without asking)
This week the Department of Infrastructure and Liberty Bus launched a beta version of Track My Bus, an online service that provides (close to) real time locations for all the buses on the Island as well as information on all routes and easily accessible timetables. As beta suggests this is still a work in progress … Read more Track My Bus
A YouGov poll in December 2014 found that three percent of people gave up on their New Year resolutions the very day they made them. By February nearly a third of people will have ditched their good intentions. Whether you’re succeeding with your personal goals or not, January is often a time to review and … Read more What can eco active do for your business in 2016?
Can you put a cost on the contribution of the environment to our health and happiness? Yes, according to the authors of a study from the University of California. They say cities that invest in encouraging their citizens to be physically active show better economic productivity, higher property values and improved school performance. They also … Read more Health, happiness and our environment
This week people in Jersey will have the chance to see the designs of some of the most innovative buildings in Britain when the Jersey Architecture Biennale 2015 rolls into town. It’s a chance to see what’s positive and exciting about local design (and there’s plenty) and the contributions professional planners and architects make to … Read more Planning to reduce red tape? Yes, we really are