From David Richardson.
SEVERAL years ago I proposed the purchase of the Plémont site in order to turn it into carbon-neutral habitations equipped with many types of futuristic renewable energy devices.
We could have used the site to house renewable energy experts who could explain to all us lesser mortals how these devices work and act as a constructive resource centre.
Joe Public could visit this site, assess different sorts of apparatus and go away with a fair idea as to what they could afford to do on their own property. Imagine tourists landing at the airport, or by boat, hiring electric cars, electric bicycles and horses and visiting this site. What a coup this would be.
This idea is not new. A site that already exists is the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys. It is a commercially very successful venture and we could do well to follow suit.
We could also combine the site with a bird sanctuary for bird enthusiasts who are also interested in the study and conservation of the puffins. This could be a haven for conservationists who believe that there are technological fixes to our obsessive desire to cover and ruin every square meter of our planet with tarred rocks or dismally similar boxes that most of us have to live in now.
Go on Jersey, give us hope. If you haven’t got the courage to convert the site back to a wonderful coastal hill top wilderness, this is one alternative option. It is not cheap, but at least it would be a start to building a better future for our children.
The current and previous owners of the land weren’t prepared to negotiate with me. Developers are so blinkered that they can’t see beyond the cardboard box type carnage that they have created with the idea of extending every village into housing estates built since the Second World War to house surplus humanity.
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