Thursday, January 23, 2014

BROAD STREET POST OFFICE - RBC JERSEY AND THE LEAKED EMAIL


TREASURY MINISTER - PHILIP OZOUF

FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO THE STATES OF JERSEY BILL OGLEY







How important is it to get the office space filled on the new Esplanade Quarter?


Jersey Bloggers have been leaked an email exchange between Former Chief Minister, Terry Le Seur - former Chief Executive Bill Ogley and Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf.


This all centres around The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) wanting to purchase Jersey Post's (JP) Broad Street Office so that they could expand their business. 

It does make for interesting reading. Why didn't the purchase go ahead? It would have been good for local business and win win situation for everyone as Chief Executive Bill Ogley explains. 



Only yesterday Deputy Le Fondré was asking for independent experts to check the finances of the project. This was from the JEP.


Deputy John Le Fondré urged Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf to bring in independent experts to check the finances of the project to build six office blocks and lower Route de la Libération to create the Jersey International Finance Centre.
But Senator Ozouf strenuously denied, as he has on other occasions, that a £50 million loss was possible. He said that the project would instead generate £50 million for the public purse.


I emailed the Chief Minister on the 19th January witch can be read below. I have yet to receive a reply from the Chief Minister.  


Rico Sorda 

Part Time Investigative Reporter



Me
To i.gorst@gov.je


Jan 19 at 11:48 AM


Dear Chief Minister, 

I have been investigating the attempted purchase of the Broad Street Post Office building by the Royal Bank of Canada in 2009.  There was an email exchange between former Chief Minister, Terry Le Suer, Chief Executive Officer Bill Ogley and current Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf. This email exchange started on February 3rd 2009 at 22:14.

I would suggest that this email exchange needs to be forensically examined. 

Was the the purchase of Broad Street Post Office blocked because the Treasury Minister, Philip Ozouf wanted RBC to be located on the Waterfront? Obviously this is a very serious issue. I'm holding back from running this story for 24hrs as I await your confirmation of this email and what action if any you will be taking. When you put this alongside the Lime Grove Fiasco you really do begin to wonder what is going on. Was the purchase of Broad Street 'commercially sound' if so, why didn't the deal go through?

I would like confirmation of this email 

Kind Regards


Rico Sorda







From Philip Ozouf
Sent 03 February 2009 22:19
To:Terry Le Suer; Bill Ogley
Subject:Re:Office Strategy 

I agree, 

The urgency is I am being pressed by JP to sanction sale of Broad Street to RBC. Once Post Office Site is sold to RBC the option for States consolidation on Broad Street is lost and BBC's move to Waterfront. I was only alerted to this on Monday. Would appreciate an initial view.

More tomorrow

Philip





This is now taken from the reply by then Chief Executive Officer, Bill Ogley.

"Certain in timing and whether it will ever happen in the current form. I would advise you not to make a decision on JP proposal based on any further consideration of the Esplanade scheme. If however you felt it to be relevant I would offer the following advice.:

- You have a major employer and a very important member of our business community who wants to acquire a substantial building in which they will invest considerable monies to integrate with their existing offices. This seems to me to be a very good signal from them in terms of confidence in their business in Jersey. At a time of great economic uncertainty such a decision should be supported as strongly as possible. If you were to block the deal you would seem to be being unsupportive or even blocking the actions of a major employer. It's hardly a message of encouragement. You would need to have a very good reason, provided of course that the deal is commercially sound and I expect you will require the board to assure themselves of that. So what could your reason be, only that you think RBC should be on the Esplanade and that you are more intent on making the Esplanade happen than you are on securing major business. You would be backing your judgement against that of RBC. That's the sort of central planning that Russia pioneered and that eventually failed them.

So my advice to you is very clear. if the deal between JP and RBC is commercially sound then there are no justifiable grounds on which to block it.

I'm sorry this is a bit of a long answer, but I hope it's helpful 

Bill

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!! Mr Ozouf has some explaining to do!!!!! Good scoop Rico.

Anonymous said...

This does not look good for Ozouf and explains why he wanted rid of Ogley.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

Another Blogger (Jersey's only independent media) exclusive which leaves many questions to be asked/answered of the Treasury Minister. It remains to be seen if they will be asked or if they will be answered and who (if anybody) will ask them.

Over to the State Media..............................

Anonymous said...

Appalling Ozouf should resign now !!!! as above what a scoop well done Rico

Anonymous said...


Well done to who ever leaked that email Rico and you for publishing it. Phillip Ozouf is starting to look very much a liability to Jersey's finances.

On PJ even Le Suer said that an up date report would be commissioned and handed to States members.

This email indeed shows Ozouf is desperate, getting between a bank and its office purchase, but why ? what is in it for him. This is looking stranger by the day, Let's hope States members say enough is enough.

Excellent and important journalism, why wasn't the JEP handed the email.

Boatyboy.

Anonymous said...

Jersey bloggers showing the MSM up again. Good scoop Rico. Time for Ozouf to come clean.

Anonymous said...

"That's the sort of central planning that Russia pioneered and that eventually failed them".

Nice comment from Ogley and goes some way to explaining the gulag architectural mentality of Ozouf when Planning Minister. Drinks at the Radisson anybody? Thought not.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

Regarding the e-mail you sent to (alleged) Chief Minister Gorst on the 19th January (main posting).

This is the second e-mail, in recent times, he has ignored and he bleats on how States Members are "accessible."

He had the opportunity to add some balance to this story but declined. Hopefully he, and other States Members, will start engaging with the public rather than ignoring them in order to better inform the electorate.

Something tells me that a great number of States Members will not be ignoring this Blog Posting........To include the Treasury Minister!

Anonymous said...

You should have contacted Philip Ozouf before you published this.

rico sorda said...

That is why I emailed the Chief Minister. He has ultimate responsibility for his Ministers.

rs

Anonymous said...

I think Ozouf is going to need some of that counselling and anger management Gorst recommended for him during the Lime Grove fiasco after reading this little gem.

Anonymous said...

You would need to have a very good reason, provided of course that the deal is commercially sound and I expect you will require the board to assure themselves of that. So what could your reason be, only that you think RBC should be on the Esplanade and that you are more intent on making the Esplanade happen than you are on securing major business.

10/10 Mr Ogley got something right.

Anonymous said...

There is a Corporate agenda under way and Ozouf is a pusher for it. He is being protected that is obvious. When we have Peoples administrators instead of Corporate Government we will be in a better situation!
Nice scoop Rico : )
phil skinner

Póló said...

Amazing.

All we need now is for someone to leak Mr. Ogley's manuscript notes of his meeting with the subsequently sacked Chief of Police which he claims to have torn up.

But not to the MSM who are still sitting on Graham Power's leaked defence.

Anonymous said...

The lime grove fiasco should have finished the treasury minister. Can he survive this latest skullduggery?

Anonymous said...

This was posted on the VFC blog and it highlights the fact that E-Mails are there to be stored and used when required, how many more pi....d off Civil Servants are ready to post 'copied' mails?

This failure to acknowledge receipt of your submission highlights the fact that we all place far to much 'faith' in E-Mail, I have to say any document of such importance should always be sent 'Recorded Delivery' that way there is no chance of saying "Never got it...sorry". We use E-Mail for nearly everything these days (but we should all bear in mind this method is NOT secure and was intended as a simple interoffice means of communication when initiated) even down to confirming very serious legally binding agreements, one day this will come back to bite. Just because you receive confirmation from FRED that you can have all his money does not mean FRED sent it. A signed letter with Royal Mail recorded delivery is the only way to go.

Anonymous said...

Rico,
have you asked the Royal Bank of Canada for a comment

Anonymous said...

Ogley may have got this right but let's not forget he is the creep who engineered Graham Power's illegal suspension and he is the man who protected a Civil Servant accused and arrested (3 times) on suspicion of child abuse.

TROJAN HORSE said...

Good for you Rico. This goes to shows just how ozouf is totally out of control and is power crazy!
This is damaging the island just so that he has his own way. We do not need the waterfront buildings for the finance. They are capable of looking after themselves. When you think Le Mausurier would have built an office block that would have been plenty for the finance to operate from. This really needs to go public.

TROJAN HORSE said...

I am wondering if ozouf has shares in things that would bring him money if he gets the waterfront finance centre built.

Anonymous said...

You should send the link of this post link to RBC Rico, its essential they see it.

Anonymous said...


Excellent and important journalism, why wasn't the JEP handed the email.

Maybe they were!!

Anonymous said...


JEP refuses comment re 40K story.

If this is the interim pay, how much will they all be paid, when it is incorporated come July. Could this be another secret ?

Good to know that ex civil servants, ex-politicians and the like, are not invited to sit on these powerful boards controlling the islands billions of pounds worth of assets.

That would indeed be weird.


Anonymous said...

Great scoop Rico!

Interesting you emailed the Chief Minister on the 19th, the day before he crumbled over the no confidence vote on the Planning Minister - coincidence or what?!!

The major new tenant Ozouf has lined up for phase 1 of the Esplanade wouldn't be RBC would it?!!

Anonymous said...




The urgency is I am being pressed by JP to sanction sale of Broad Street to RBC. Once Post Office Site is sold to RBC the option for States consolidation on Broad Street is lost and BBC's move to Waterfront.
Wasn't it announced recently a broadcasting company was moving to Castle Quay .And Ozouf knew something about this back in 2009
What the hell is going on.He is buggering around with our island as if its his own

Anonymous said...

Excellent post.

A couple of points...

I understood "BBC's move to Waterfront" to mean "RBC's move to Waterfront. I think that is a straightforward typo.

Secondly, the phrase "I am being pressed by JP to sanction sale of Broad Street to RBC" shows up the lie that Jersey Post (and JT, for that matter) is an independent business in which the States of Jersey is just a shareholder, represented by the Treasury Minister.

If Jersey Post is an independent business with its own board and chief executive, why the hell does it need shareholder approval to dispose of one of its buildings? Why couldn't it just sell it? We are told these businesses are independent; they are clearly not.

Oh, and this leaked email made it on to page 5 of today's JEP. It's a must read Rico. It mentions Duhamelgate, the role of Ozouf, RBC and JDC.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Dude, just seen your post about that film on the Facebook Politics Jersey page.

What a shocker. I trust you have emailed that link to the CM, the Economic Development Minister and the head of the Public Accounts Committee?

As they say, Rico Sorda, investigative journalist. Top marks.

Anonymous said...

You must let the RBC know about this RS, its scandalous and Pip Ozouf must resign.

rico sorda said...

Philip Ozouf might have a very good explanation for his decision. I'm sure we will here that explanation next week. There will no doubt be some serious scrutiny of his reasons. We shall see what happens.

rico sorda said...

Anon at 10:15am

This is what I was passed concerning the Jersey Fantasy Film. I hope all the checks have been done.

Producer stole #5000
From the archive
Friday 26 March 1993
A FILM producer was convicted yesterday of stealing thousands of pounds from two investors who thought they were backing top-flight films.

Keith Cavele, 43, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London on six charges of theft involving more than #5000.

His latest film, Split Second, starred Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who appears in TV's Guinness commercials.

Cavele used his reputation to entice investors to put money into a new company he set up, the court was told. He said Grentrove Ltd, trading from his lavish home in Walton Street, Chelsea, would be used to back film productions.

Two investors put in more than #60,000. Cavele siphoned off the money to prop up two other debt-ridden companies where he was a director.

He had faced 16 charges of theft. Sentence was adjourned until April 14.

Anonymous said...

There is no States sitting next week so how can Ozouf explain this?

rico sorda said...

BBC JERSEY- CTV/ITV AND THE JEP.

He stated on twitter that he would be explaining his side during the forthcoming week.

rs

Anonymous said...

4th July 2012

Bbc Jersey

Kevin Keen said Jersey Post would sell the Broad Street post office but would keep a base in the town centre
Continue reading the main story
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Jersey Post will sell its main St Helier post office in the future because the site is not used efficiently, says its chief executive.

Kevin Keen said its Broad Street post office site was under-used with the company only using about a quarter of the site.

But he told the BBC he wanted to reassure customers the firm would keep a town centre base.

He said Jersey Post planned to raise more cash through its assets.

Mr Keen said last year's profit before tax of £1.2m was a substantial improvement on the £111,000 the year before.

But the pension deficit had risen to £9.4m after what the annual report described as poor investment performance

Anonymous said...

your investigating is going from strength to strength,from Ozouf to Cavele.This is all the sort of stuff we should be reading in the pathetic JEP.You obviously have the trust of whistleblowers as well now and I hope more come forward.Maybe you should start your own monthly newspaper,i would be more than happy to subscribe and i'm sure so would many others,the more contraversities you unearth the more likely they will have to confront them and hopefully some sort of accountability might become the norm.

rico sorda said...

This is the beauty of the Blogs.

I take no credit for unearthing the Cavele conviction. This was passed onto me this morning and I thank the person for doing so. What I can do is get it out there so others can look and and hopefully ask questions. This is what was asked and I have no problems in doing this.

I can't thank people enough who support the work we do. It's not easy, very time consuming but worth it.

rs

DenverGal said...

Rico

Having followed your investigative journalism from the start, it seems clear you were born to do this. People know that and trust you enough to leak info no mainstream outlet would be trusted with.

Control of information has been - traditionally - a form of State power. Without reading independent blogs, the State Media consumer is powerless to see what's all around him, but eventually, I'd predict most of those same people won't be satisfied to remain out of the loop.

You evidence-based independent Jersey journalists are undoubtedly winning the war for the side of evidence, one viewer at a time. Even if it seems a slow slog now, history may yet record it as a remarkably rapid success.

Jersey ...... Its all on the cover of Newsweek..... CLICK HERE said...

"This is the beauty of the Blogs."

Cloudsourcing

www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/producer-stole-5000-1.766714

Jacques said...

Rico your blog is based on telling the truth. Your integrity and honesty are a shining example of good journalism.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

VFC Top Ten most viewed Blog Postings of ALL TIME

HIDS said...

Denver Elle Darling,

did you see the suggestion at:

http://ricosorda.blogspot.com/2014/01/attempted-political-assassination-of.html?showComment=1389620377449#c170296649598629257
January 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

and have you given it any thought?

Perhaps you have already been busy?
I hope so.

The pen and the sword ..... could the easel be the mightiest of them all?

Suggestions welcome

Anonymous said...

Not much of a story in real terms.

But you do this all the time, take a snippet of information and add a load of guff.

Anonymous said...

3:02pm ....... which would put Rico well ahead of the JEP, who take NO information and add a load of misinformation.

Anonymous said...

finance hub plans delayed

Killing two birds with one stone? subject to 30 conditions.
a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-22613489">BBC news First phase Jersey finance centre

Anonymous said...

So according to BBC Radio this morning you are an e-mail thief.
Well done.

Anonymous said...

BBC news link

Anonymous said...

You have just hit the tip of the iceberg with this Keith Cavele "Crystal Island" story. Keep digging. This is a big con. What "multi-million pound" film is produced in such a way? No pre-production? No sets built? No scouting with a film crew? Keep asking questions.

Anonymous said...

story in your paper tonight re film auditions locally by a Mr Keith Cavale, would it be the same chap as this article below I found?


Producer stole £5000
From the archive
Friday 26 March 1993
A FILM producer was convicted yesterday of stealing thousands of pounds from two investors who thought they were backing top-flight films.

Keith Cavele, 43, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London on six charges of theft involving more than £5000.

His latest film, Split Second, starred Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who appears in TV's Guinness commercials.

Cavele used his reputation to entice investors to put money into a new company he set up, the court was told. He said Grentrove Ltd, trading from his lavish home in Walton Street, Chelsea, would be used to back film productions.

Two investors put in more than £60,000. Cavele siphoned off the money to prop up two other debt-ridden companies where he was a director.

He had faced 16 charges of theft. Sentence was adjourned until April 14.


Will they reproduce or even better investigate if they know what the word means!!

HERE is the spent cash ...... I mean conviction said...

Oh Plllleeeeeeessse .......
What "multi-million pound" film is produced in such a way? No pre-production? No sets built? No scouting with a film crew? Keep asking questions.

Was it not described as a FANTASY FILM from the outset ?
It is you that needs to keep up

And you dare question the judgement of our captains as they steamroll us into the uncharted waters of UDI ???

God save the freaking Queen, and of course our own Royle Family

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

An earlier comment states;

"So according to BBC Radio this morning you are an e-mail thief.
Well done."

I have e-mailed the BBC this afternoon about this very subject and copied in the Treasury Minister. This is a very serious allegation and needs to be substantiated by the BBC and/or the Treasury Minister.

If it can't be substantiated then it must be retracted with an apology from the Treasury Minister and the BBC.

As I am blacklisted by the BBC I am not expecting a reply from them and will be submitting a complaint. Hopefully Senator Ozouf will respond to my e-mail and substantiate a number of allegations he made on the "interview."

rico sorda said...

I have just had a quick listen to the audio and will check again but it does look like Senator Ozouf was getting in a fix between leaked and stolen. First he said leaked then went to stolen and then finished by saying this posting is full of conspiracies. Can't wait for his reply.

rs

Anonymous said...

Could you post a link to the audio with Philip Ozouf ?

rico sorda said...

Fiona Joyce, co-writer and associate producer, and Keith Cavele, director and co-writer

The Town Hall became a casting studio for the day on Saturday as hundreds of local 14 to 18-year-olds took it in turns to audition for one of the four principal teenage roles in Crystal Island.

Each young performer had up to four minutes to impress the movie's director, Keith Cavele, and associate producer, Fiona Joyce, who both said that they had been impressed with the talent on display.End

WTF is going on with this? Does anyone know.? Fiona Joyce, co-writer and associate producer, and Keith Cavele, director and co-writer. Does Fiona Joyce have a long list of success to her name?I can't find anything on Fiona. How about anyone else. I would expect someone well known with a big budget movie? Could be wrong. But hey I like to ask questions

rs

rico sorda said...

I believe VFC will be publishing it tomorrow. The link will appear here.

rs

Spent Cash ...... I mean Conviction said...

Re. "Crystal Island" at 6:30pm today I fraternised with the enemy and posted this at
http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2014/01/27/youngsters-try-for-a-starring-role/

I do hope that this is not the same chap:
www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/producer-stole-5000-1.766714

Or there would be some on the island who could not afford for the project to fail.

I wonder if it will turn out to be a "multi million pound" film .....

-----------------------------------------

I was tempted to add about how the whole fiasco is making the JEP look like cut&paste PR "churnalists"

I hope you don't mind but I thought the amateurs @Guiton needed a bit of help LOL

Who wants yesterday's paper. 50p for yesterdays news
(News? fantasy, more like)

Anonymous said...

fiona joyce Jersey

rico sorda said...

CTV -BBC -JEP and me all put our Spiderman suits on and scaled the walls of Cyril Le Marquand house and stole the e-mail. lol

Anonymous said...

Mr Ozouf used the word stolen to get away from the word leak.

Fetish Wear said...

Rico, that was a foolhardy confession @7:34

But I bet Mrs.Sorda likes the outfit :-)
'come down off the ceiling darling'

hopefully she will be able to smuggle the magic outfit to you at La Moye and you can be back in your cell by morning !

Anonymous said...

"CTV -BBC -JEP and me all put our Spiderman suits on and scaled the walls of Cyril Le Marquand house"

That's not strictly true is it Rico?

CTV, BBC & especially the JEP regularly dress themselves up as super-heroes but they have proved time and time again that they are far too slippy and slimy to get a grip on anything solid (e.g. a Chief of Police's Affidavit)

Stop trying to spread the blame Rico, its a 'fair cop'
.....but don't expect a fair trial.

If a government minister says 'thief or 'stolen' then those are automatically facts. QED and you are bang to no-rights.

"there was NO criticism of Jurat Le Breton contained in the Sharp Report" -I think the Pitman appeal judgement actually put it slightly more strongly than that -you couldn't make it up!

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

State Media, Philip Ozouf, and "STOLEN" E-MAILS

Anonymous said...


Pick on bloggers who have factual evidence at your peril Emma Martins. The world is a very small place in their hands.

Leah McGraths article in the USA proves this and all UK politicians including the Prime MInisters office have email accounts.

A threat, no a promise, leave Rico alone.

Small Axe said...

" Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much of a story in real terms.

But you do this all the time, take a snippet of information and add a load of guff.

January 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM"



It's turned out enough of a story in real terms to have since appeared on the BBC and in The Jersey Evening Post.


rico sorda said...

I have been knocking some comments back as they are not appropriate. Even if they are about Senator Ozouf or Jon I will knock them back. One got through today but I have deleted it. I need to keep this blog as tight as possible. Thank you

Anonymous said...

You did this Post -
http://ricosorda.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-jersey-troll-blog-abuse-2-it-gets.html

So why are you knocking comments back about Jon?

Anonymous said...

@9:49 PM
You are right, everyone should read
http://ricosorda.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-jersey-troll-blog-abuse-2-it-gets.html

Just before the audio of the death threat phone call
(everyone should especially listen to this and think very carefully about the implications and the expensive legal assistance Jon H has received since)

Rico wrote "I have comments I simply can't publish concerning friends of mine. They are vile."

Even under duress and severe provocation Mr. Sorda manages to maintain his standards of human behaviour and decency.
There are many complementary words for this integrity and strength of character. One the many which would suite well is "professionalism"

Rico refused one of my comments which covered Jon and his Guardian Angel (one of them, he evidently has many low lives happy to spend OUR money on him)

My comment was IMO accurate and fair under the circumstances, but in content and metaphor it certainly pushed the boundaries of good taste and decency.

Hopefully it gave Rico some amusement and I respect Rico's choice not to publish and to maintain the civilised quality and professionalism of his blog.

One of the major national UK newspapers spoke very highly of Rico's & VFC's blogs. "Quite remarkable", I think were words used. Do you have any of the links at hand Rico?

Anonymous said...


Rico,

It was hardly expected, but it came.

The big story backfires and housing look an OK department as the JEP allows comments on this story.

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2014/01/24/40000-for-30-days-work/

The JEP have yet again, shown there true colours.

Big story about £40,000 for 30 days work running housing with an interesting comment section where we learn a lot about how much treasury cream off the rents that housing take get paid.

Five days later, the Government spin machine kicks in, a new housing story appears, Damp flat not fixed by housing for over two years.

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2014/01/29/mould-forces-states-tenants-to-sleep-in-lounge-for-two-years/

I thought it would be reasonable to mention the first article ( comments section ) telling Jersey that the Treasury take around £21 million a year, how can housing maintain property as they are supposed to. One little problem.

Your gonna love this.

No comments allowed on the damp flat article designed to make housing look bad and in desperate need of takeover. 9.05pm Tuesday.

Amateurs


Anonymous said...

Anon at 9:12
I'm glad someone else is reading between the lines of JEP stories as well as me.
Another good one and a JEP classic is trying to hide bad news on page 2.A recent example is front page of Gorst with arms crossed,as if to give the impression of acting tough,cracking down on immigration (it didn't work Ian we still think you're a weak,spineless puppet) and tucked away on page 2 30 jobs lost at LLoyds.

Anonymous said...


Just Heard TJW excellent recording of the Dean being interviewed by Matthew Price.

It went something like.

God wanted me here on Jersey, God this and God that. This man should have been asked a proper question by Matthew Price.

Like what ?

Did God pay the £250,000 pounds to fix the church organ or £2.5 million for the Town Church. How about the £25,000 you get given as pocket money by the states to nag them in the Parliament. How about your enormous house and the cost of the oil and electricity, does God pay for all these wonderful things ?

The Dean being a God fearing man would have said no, taxpayers and rate payers do so with a small contribution from the congregation.

Matthew Price would have then been entitled to say, Thanks Dean at least we got that straight, now carry on talking about God and what he is doing for you.

Save our Ronez Point! said...

The karters are trying to steal Ronez Point again - see JEP p13 23-1-14.

Not all that long ago there was public protest about the kart club trying to seize public land for their own use, extinguishing a much loved and widely used main road with the best views on the north coast. After a meeting in St. John's parish hall, it appeared that the club had got the message and withdrawn their takeover attempt.

All of a sudden out of nowhere we now read in the JEP of an attempted fait accompli, a headline "Karters on track for a home of their own" - as the Royal Court is set to decide the matter on 25th February! This is being railroaded through by Asst Treasury Minister Eddie Noel, supported by Senator Sarah Fergusson who asked a question about this in the States. If it wasn't for her question and the JEP report, the public wouldn't even know about this attempt to steal our land! St. John Constable Phil Rondel seems quite happy to allow this if his parishioners agree, but it appears that the rest of us islanders cannot have any say in the matter! The road will be officially extinguished and we will lose the right to enjoy the magnificent views from the fine vantage point, unless the people act now to save Ronez Point before it's too late!

Will somebody PLEASE protect our public land from these selfish landgrabbers?

Anonymous said...

Have they finally succeeded in taking down Stuart's blog???