By Ruth Le Cocq
The site of the former Seaside Café at Grève de Lecq may become the responsibility of The National Trust of Jersey, if a States proposition to buy the land for £3.6M and gift it to them is approved.
The requirement would be for the Trust to use it for environmental, cultural and social benefit for the public thus upholding the organisation’s Coastline Campaign, launched in 2006, which aims to protect and preserve Jersey’s coastline forever and for everyone.
Images of the potential options for the site have been released and the Trust will be seeking the views of the public.
The Trust has landholdings in the bay already, including Le Catel Fort and Grève de Lecq Barracks. Chief Executive Charles Alluto believes the acquisition of the site would further protect the natural beauty and rich heritage of the bay. A priority would be to restore public access to the beach and reopen the car park.
Charles said the Trust would be ‘honoured to potentially be gifted the site’ as suggested within the proposition lodged by Deputy Lyndon Farnham.
‘It is absolutely crucial that given the level of public investment, the public should have a say as to they would like the site to develop in future with options such as complete clearance to a refurbished café and interpretation centre.’