A MASTERPLAN for the area around Gas Place car park and West’s Centre could be developed before it is decided to use Ann Court as a multi-storey car park.
At a public meeting last night in the Town Hall, St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft said that Environment Minister Freddie Cohen had indicated earlier that day that he wanted an architectural masterplan drawn up for that area of town.
A masterplan will look at the whole area and how any developments may affect or compliment each other.
Mr Crowcroft said that he would like to see this done quickly. St Helier residents first outlined their desire for a town park in 1997 when 16,400 people signed a petition in favour of the idea.
The principle of a Millennium Town Park was approved by the States in 2000 but delivering the park has been delayed because the existing parking spaces at Gas Place need to be replaced. The idea to demolish Ann Court and build a 794-space multi-storey car park has drawn support from the Millennium Town Park Support Group but has also sparked a new group to form against the proposal.
• Picture: More than 100 people turned out to the Town Hall last night. Picture by Tony Pike (00624901)