St Helier parish votes to allow power station

Proposed sub-station Jersey Electricity says without the sub station there would be an increase in power cuts in the area

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A new electricity sub-station will be built in Jersey after parishioners in St Helier approved the plans.

Jersey Electricity paid the parish £250,000 to build on part of a park at Westmount Gardens.

At a meeting on Wednesday, residents agreed to the deal which includes the States contributing £80,000 for projects in town.

Jersey Electricity said it would result in fewer power cuts for people living in First Tower and surrounding areas.

'Huge investment'

Parish assembly

Parishioners in St Ouen

A parish assembly is made up of ratepayers and electors in that particular parish and is the decision-making body.

Each member has one vote and it sets the annual parish rate, elects parish officers, sets road names and more.

There are no specific rules around the number of people that need to be at a parish assembly.

In August, 12 people at a parish meeting in St Saviour approved a £500,000 funding plan for a retirement village.

Earlier this year, the firm warned people living in First Tower and nearby 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.

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

Chris Ambler, head of Jersey Electricity, 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."

Under Jersey law, a parish assembly has to be called with residents of the parish getting to vote on whether to allow a project like this to go ahead.

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