Those who atteded the meeting at the Parish Hall said they feared that if permission was given to build self-catering tourist chalets on the site then the opportunity to save the headland would be lost forever. Last month, Plémont Estates Ltd applied to Planning to demolish the holiday camp to build 73 chalets.
The National Trust for Jersey has been campaigning for over a decade to return the current ‘eyesore’ back to nature and after hearing of the application immediately urged the States to enter into negotiations with owner Trevor Hemmings to buy the site.
St Ouen Constable Ken Vibert said that although fewer people than expected had attended, it was a constructive meeting. ‘I think the meeting was hijacked by the Manchester United game as only about 30 people attended,’ he said. ‘But the people that were there were very interested. The general feeling was that people want to fight for it. One lady said that future generations would not thank us if we lose this opportunity.’