Jersey power sub-station site is agreed

Proposed sub-station If approved the sub station will be sunk into the quarry

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A new electricity sub-station costing up to £12m will be built in a St Helier park after Jersey Electricity and parish officials agreed a land deal.

The project in Westmount Gardens had been delayed over concerns it would take up open space in town.

Now, as part of the £250,000 deal, the States of Jersey has agreed to give land to the parish for open space.

The plans still need to be approved at a parish assembly, which will be held next week.

Earlier this year, Jersey Electricity warned people living in First Tower and nearby parts of town that they were likely to experience more power cuts unless it could build the sub-station.

Because of new developments on the Waterfront, it had to be somewhere between the Lower Park and the company's main site on Queens Road.

'Huge investment'

St Helier Constable, Simon Crowcroft, was unhappy public land would be lost.

Jersey Electricity looked at other sites such as the bus shelter on the inner road and in People's Park, but none were suitable.

It has now got agreement with the Parish to partially bury the building in a disused quarry in the wooded park.

The company had already looked at other sites such as the bus shelter on the inner road and in People's Park, but none were suitable.

The head of Jersey Electricity Chris Ambler said burying it in the quarry was not a cheap idea.

The company will pay £250,000 for the site, St Helier will get more land near Overdale and the Treasury will provide more than £80,000 for projects in town.

Mr Ambler said: "The infrastructure is aged, in some cases over 50 years old, we have two major primary sub-stations but they have no spare redundancy.

"It is a huge investment... it will be £10m to £12m. We have the engineers to do the work, we have the capital, we just need the site and we need it urgently."

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