The monthly meeting of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) and the Highways Authority took place on Thursday, 19 July 2018.

Planning proposals for parking at St John’s and the Quarry areas in Upper Jamestown were discussed. A general clean-up of these areas will be undertaken with safety barriers put in place.

It has been brought to the attention of the Highways Authority that vehicle owners, including operators of taxis and contractor’s vehicles, are misusing the taxi parking spaces and the parking space for the disabled between the Canister and Greenland’s. The public is reminded that these are parking spaces for taxis plying for trade only. The parking space for the disabled is reserved for persons who display a disabled parking permit. Information relating to the proper use of taxi and disabled parking spaces will be circulated to all relevant parties shortly. The Police have also been asked to monitor these parks to prevent misuse.

The Committee had recently received several letters of dissatisfaction about the way the Gate Jambs at Lemon Tree Gut were re-instated. It was agreed that a letter be sent to the contractor to clarify what is required. The question of widening the Gate Jambs to prevent the need to remove them for similar reasons in future was discussed and it was agreed that this is best addressed through a planning application.

The Chief Environmental Officer, Isabel Peters, concluded the discussion on the Environmental Protection Ordinance (EPO). Topics included Environmental Protection Notices, general provisions, offences, liability & jurisdiction, evidence and procedures. It was noted that whilst parts of the EPO are now being implemented and enforced, other parts will require external technical and legal resources to set up the supporting Regulations.

It was agreed to erect bus shelters at Red Hill, Levelwood, Sea View, and at Bagley’s Point. A bus shelter at Ladder Hill will be also be constructed.

The adoption of the Haul Road was also discussed. A site visit by the ENRC, Property Management and the Civil Engineer had been undertaken recently. A few minor issues were identified and a final discussion and hand over of documents should be forthcoming with the Halcrow Project Management Unit.

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30 July 2018

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