FOR well over a decade, The National Trust for Jersey and its many supporters have fought long and hard for the removal of the dilapidated eyesore of the old Pontins holiday camp and to restore and permanently safeguard the wild coastal headland of Plémont for the benefit of the Island.
During this time, and since the launch of its Coastline Campaign in 2006, the Trust has not only worked tirelessly to promote the vast public value of the Island’s stunning coastline, it has also continued to take every opportunity to raise vital funds in order to financially sustain this worthy and ongoing campaign. To date, the National Trust can confirm that, thanks to the excellent support and incredibly generous pledges from caring islanders’, the Plémont fighting fund currently stands at just over £1.74 million
The National Trust firmly believes that in a continually contracting island such as Jersey, retaining open spaces for passive pursuits, precious moments of tranquility or time to evaluate our individual inspirational values are becoming ever more precious and important. Likewise, the Trust also respects and acknowledges that there are many Islanders who choose not to share these thoughts and see no valid reason why an expensive suburban housing development cannot be built on this coastal site.
In response to such opinions the Trust would simply say that, particularly with regard to this remote section of largely under-developed northern coastline, such a development would clearly signify a totally irreparable and permanent loss and change of landscape character.
The Trust would also add that although much has been made of the presumed unwise use of tax payers money (less that 0.5% of the States current annual expenditure), it has pledged, together with its supporters, to purchase the site for £2 million and committed itself to covering the cost of demolition which could exceed £1.1 million. Having accepted this huge challenge, the Trust is launching its Loving-Plemont Campaign.
By supporting this campaign, islanders’ are invited to show their true concern, respect and intentions of good stewardship in retaining a Jersey landscape that should be kept wild, open and accessible to everyone in perpetuity
HOW CAN ISLANDERS HELP TO SECURE PLEMONT AS A WILD OPEN SPACE?
MAKE A PLEDGE:
At the moment, The National Trust for Jersey is seeking financial pledges from supporters which will only be called upon should the compulsory purchase proposition be approved by the States Assembly. If you wish to make a pledge please contact Charles Alluto at The Elms on 483193
SEND A POSTCARD:
The Trust is also producing a pre-paid ‘Love Plemont’ postcard which will be available from The Elms and various outlets throughout the Island. Please send your card directly to your Island and Parish representatives requesting their support for the Chief Minister’s proposition.
DISPLAY A BADGE:
Endorsing you support can also be made highly mobile by a ‘Love Plemont’ pin badge and prominent car sticker. These will be availabe from The Elms in a few weeks time.
SHOW SOME LOVE:
If you support our efforts to safeguard Plemont, please click Like on our facebook page to demonstrate your support
As this is likely to be our final opportunity to safeguard this wonderful piece of Jersey coastline, direct assistance in every way imaginable from your good self, your family, friends and neighbours, will be hugely appreciated. It will, after all, prove just how much we all love and respect the Island we are most fortunate to live in.