Haut de la Garenne
Open for Business
New Name New Make-over
I've been left totally speechless again by sheer lack of compassion and insensitivity of my Government.
Is there anybody out there who can defend the Governments Shameful treatment of the Jersey Abuse Survivors.
Hardly surprising we had Decades upon Decades of Child Abuse.
No one cared about them then; Our Government doesn't care about them now.
The JCLA are being treated with utter contempt by
SENATOR PHILIP OZOUF: Assistant Chief Minister; Treasury Minister
CONSTABLE JOHN REFAULT: (Assistant Treasury Minister) Now in charge of Property Holdings.
Let us start first with Senator Philip Ozouf
On tuesday the 12th May 2009 the Senator informed the JEP after a Council of Ministers Meeting that there were 'considerable sensitivities' about the site. He said that the views of the JCLA would be taken into account while a decision was being made about the sites future. He is quoted as saying " A number of people have shown an interest in it but it is at a very early exploratory stage". He also states; " There is a great deal of work that needs to be done and obvious sensitivities and there will be discussions with the JCLA and other people who have a legitimate interest in the building"
Let us remind ourselves
We are talking about Haut de la Garenne
The Most Infamous build on Jersey (states building being not far behind)
Apart from the happy memories of past residents we cannot and must not forget the many Innocent Childhoods that were destroyed in that place. Let us remember some of the tragic figures surrounding HdelaG
Of the total of 533 offences, 274 were alleged sexual offences; 238 were offences of assault, ill-treatment or neglect, 17 were offences of Grave and Criminal Assault and there were four other offences.
315 offences were reported as being committed at Haut de la Garenne; 66 at other homes or institutions and 152 at places where children were fostered or in private addresses.
43% of all offences allegedly committed at Haut de la Garenne were sexual offences
Really quite staggering is it not that our leaders think that a name change plus a lick of paint makes everything ok.
Just think about it for a moment.
Now it's being called;
"The Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre"
Do the people who are making the bookings in the UK have any idea where it is they are staying?
This is what the JCLA said about the announcement
"There has been no communication from the states of jersey, no discussion, no notification of the impending opening and no opportunity for care leavers to have their say as promised"
"Whilst we appreciate that HdelaG cannot lie empty in-definately, there were some other extremely good and maybe more apt ideas put forward"
So, what happened? We must now bring in the insensitive Constable of St Peter John Refault. He is now in charge of Property Holdings.
Assistant Treasury Minister Refault is quoted in the JEP on Saturday the 16th of April as saying
"The JCLA had not been spoken to about the decision to re-open HdealG because it was only being used on a temporary basis"
So, in their eyes, its not Extremely Insensitive if its open only on a temporary basis. What kind of logic is being used here
let me explain to you Senator Ozouf and Constable Refault
IT IS EXTREMELY INSENSITIVE IF YOU OPEN THE BUILDING UP FOR A SINGLE DAY WITHOUT CONSULTING WITH THE JCLA.
The Constable says: " These companies are doing a trial year while we decide the long-term outcome"
Not a care in the world about the feeling of the people who lost their Childhood in that place...
Now this last bit is the best. This is the part that sums it all up for me and I will quote the good constable again; "There's no reason why the JCLA cant be involved with deciding the long term future and if they want to contact us, they can. Our door is always open"
Victims of Child Abuse have got to go knock on his door and chat about the buildings future?
Are these politicians in some kind of denial?????
43% of all offences allegedly committed at HdelaG were sexual offences
Nothing but utter Contempt for the victims of Child Abuse in Jersey
Mr Refault also added; "That the building will still be known as Haut de la Garenne and that there were no plans to change the name". Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm is that so. Where does "The Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre" name come from then or is it that the company didn't want to advertise using the name HAUT DE LA GARENNE? and why wouldn't they want to use that name do you think?
Its linked with Child Abuse.
You see, it does matter. Now start talking to the people that really count and listen very carefully to what they tell you
But should we be really surprised by the actions of Senator Ozouf and Constable Refault?
They both Voted against a COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY