May 31st 2008 is when this topic first saw the light of day on this Forum a long time to collect facts and useful data and admittedly some dross but not as much as dross as was spoken on the local radio.
On Friday in the so called hot seat on BBC Jersey Radio Health Minister Andrew Green came over as a pleasant guy doing his best but oh so off the ball when a chap called Paul living in St Brelades asked a question to which the Health Minister answered
Now let us try and be fair to the ill informed Minister that sits around the big table discussing all matters pertaining to Jersey's present and future. He is the health Minister obviously but his answer to the question was ridiculous.
The question asked was:
Do you think the SoJDC should be building office blocks funded by the tax payer ?
Andrew Green said that in today's climate the States would probably not be doing so, but all those years back there was a very few developers therefore it was right that the states got involved to create competition.
This is of course complete non factual ill informed bulls*ite, which would have given the Jersey resident listener very little comfort, coming from an assistant chief minister.
WEB was formed because the development of the waterfront was bogged down in disputes amongst states departments and politicians and going no where. WEB ( the Waterfront - Development - Board ) was supposed to present Jersey with a world class waterfront, at no cost to the taxpayer.
This or course did not happen as planned as the infrastructure for the Raddisons was built for the developers funded by the taxpayer and a £10 million pound grant built the Aquasplash. On the understanding behind closed doors that the Fort Regent Olympic size pool was closed.
Then came Freddie Cohen's dream the Financial Quarter.
As this failed partly due to Mr Henry's appalling due diligence while working as the finance director of WEB, after a period of time the states narrowly decided to pass all public property over to the renamed States of Jersey Development Company ( from WEB ) in order to well read for yourself:
Regeneration of redundant sites for the States of Jersey Property holdings department.http://www.jerseydevelopment.je/media/14859/sojdc_mou_final_22-07-11.pdf
Notice there is no mention of providing competition for established developers and builders in fact what is laughable is that Cameron's a long time established developer and builder is employed by SoJDC to build the first office block.
Minister Andrew Green also said today's Government would probably not have gone down the same route today, the problem being with such an ill informed politician is what other facts are they fed that they do not research or confirm, that makes them look so stupid and incompetent when they spurt this rubbish to an informed resident population ?
Based on him being completely wrong in his reasoning - the question is, why are the States involved in office and residential development when the tax paying private sectors so ably demonstrate they can build office blocks on demand using their own finance, without any risk to taxpayers money and 20% of any profit taken by the Tax Department.