Call for parish politics revival in Guernsey

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Mr Paul said the island would benefit from more focus on the community

The time is right for a revival in the role of the douzaines, a Guernsey parish official has said.

Francis Paul, 77, has decided to retire from the Forest Douzaine after 21 years of service.

He said calls for more community involvement in the UK could be echoed in Guernsey and encourage more people to get involved in parish politics.

Mr Paul said: "They still play a very important role in the parishes and there's probably room for expansion."

Douzaines carry out a role similar to parish councillors in England.

He said: "I think the douzaines have been somewhat undervalued in recent years.

"I hope there will be a resurrection of people's respect for the douzaine."

Mr Paul said of the moves in the UK backed by the prime minister: "Mr Cameron is talking about reducing the size of the government, and we in Guernsey certainly need to echo that, and turn more to the community and the voluntary sector.

"I think there's great room in Guernsey for that wish to take place and to benefit the island in general."

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