Tag Archive for 'Peter Roffey'

Family fun and a useful education at the Tree and Woodcraft Fair at Fairfield, Castel on 1 October 2011

October 3rd, 2011 by Richard Lord

The Tree and Woodcraft Fair organised by The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees in celebration of the International Year of Forests 2011 took place on the hottest 1 October ever recorded in Guernsey, with the temperature exceeding 23 degrees Celsius. The Tree Fair, which ran from midday to about 4 pm was […]

The challenge of renewing Guernsey’s infrastructure

January 19th, 2011 by Peter Roffey

It wasn’t obvious at the time but when the States of Guernsey Education Minister claimed that after the rebuild of Les Beaucamps School, “La Mare de Carteret will be next”, it was the first salvo in what will become a desperate fight between departments for very limited capital monies. Barring an economic miracle the next […]

The solid waste issue is a classic victim of the States’ endemic inability to take decisive action

December 20th, 2010 by Peter Roffey

I usually tend to feel that Deputy David De L’Isle protests rather too much over the Public Services Department’s handling of the island’s waste problem. It seems like a quiet news month when the former Environment Minister hasn’t called for the whole board of PSD to resign over the issue at least once. However there’s […]

Public Consultation and the development of an effective solid waste strategy

September 26th, 2010 by Peter Roffey

What should our tax strategy be? Or our waste strategy? Should new building go in the urban area or be spread around the island? Should bonfires be banned? The Guernsey public is being consulted almost weekly on decisions – big and small – facing the States of Deliberation. In many ways that is a very […]

What should Guernsey’s traffic strategy really be?

September 15th, 2010 by Peter Roffey

There has been a lot of talk recently about the disintegration of the States approved “Integrated Transport Strategy” and calls for a review of this whole area of policy to ensure that it is achieving what our government wants from it. In reality it is far more fundamental than that. First the States need to […]

Maintaining control of Guernsey’s health care costs

July 16th, 2010 by Peter Roffey

With Health & Social  Services Department (HSSD) funding under huge stress some may question whether it’s worth spending money, every five years, on a major survey examining locals’ lifestyles, habits and state of health. Wouldn’t that cash be better spent on front line healthcare? The reality is quite the opposite. The tighter the money, the […]

Fiscal Sustainability

July 6th, 2010 by Peter Roffey

Like the UK, Guernsey has a structural budget deficit.  Some of the unpopular austerity measures introduced by the new British government will have to mirrored here to some extent. Put simply the States are spending more than they receive in income. The big difference is in how that situation came about.

Guernsey’s Road Transport Strategy and the proposed bus fare increase

July 6th, 2010 by Peter Roffey

Oh dear. Guernsey’s road transport strategy really is in a mess. At the heart of the original plan were very cheap bus fares and the introduction of modest, long stay, parking charges to encourage a drift from car use to public transport. This wasn’t driven by blind ideology but by increasing congestion on Guernsey’s limited […]

Guernsey’s population growth

June 1st, 2010 by Peter Roffey

Recently released official figures suggest that Guernsey’s population has increased by about 1,000 over the last two years. That mightn’t sound like a growth rate to frighten the horses, but if the trend continues we will have more than 70,000 people living in the island in 20 years time. What’s even more worrying is that […]