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Adam Michael Martel

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  • Parish St Peter Port
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Personal Statement

I am standing as an independent candidate in the 2020 Guernsey Elections. This is my first time standing for a deputy position. I have fresh ideas on how we can make change and improvements to enhance island life. If elected I pledge to listen to islanders & work closely alongside our community, continuing to make Guernsey a great place to live.

Here are my key personal principles:

  • Drive forward a stronger more resilient diverse economy.
  • Make key decisions to impact change for our community.
  • Build good working relationships with islanders and act with integrity at all times.
  • Engage with islanders and provide clear communication.
  • Promote diversity, inclusion & equality for all.

Manifesto

Background information: I am a 40 year old local born resident. My father is also Guernsey born and my mother was from Northern Ireland before moving to Guernsey in the late 1970’s to work as a nurse. My mother passed away in July 2012 from cancer. Losing her was one of the hardest parts of my life and had a great impact on my mental health. Through the support of my closest family and friends, I battled through this trying time. I enjoy all aspects of Island life and I am proud to call Guernsey my home.

Over the last 5 years I have been focusing on my own mental health / well-being, also working with others offering support on a one to one coaching basis, including signposting them to helpful on island and off island services. Currently I am a mentor for mental health charity Project Semicolon.

I have a wide range of experience in my professional career to date, from working in financial services, education, event management and project management. Currently I work as a Service Delivery Manager at the GTA University Centre and have been employed by them for 4.5 years, managing a small team of seven. My specialist areas are in project management and further education, holding two professional qualifications in project management: PRINCE2 and Agile.

I attended the Grammar school (1991-1996) and my academic studies continued after with qualifications in management / leadership, diploma in business administration and diploma in online business marketing.

All of these skills I believe are fully transferable to the role of a States Deputy.

Recovery from COVID: Make investment in infrastructure, employing local contractors. Relax regulation on work permits. Focus on investment which produces significant social and financial benefit to help the economy grow.

Infrastructure and Regeneration: Install fibre broadband across the island within 3-5 years. Accelerate St Peter Port harbour and east coast redevelopment. Redevelopment of the Bridge area, including Leales Yard.

Tax & Public operating costs: Encourage low taxation. Maintain all taxes to ensure we are still internationally competitive and send a clear message that we are ‘open for business’. No GST (Goods Service Tax).

Business & Finance: Support more Green Finance business within the island to encourage more local and international investment. Continue to support local businesses.

Education: Post 16 education to be driven forward. 3 school model over 3 sites, with the addition of a sixth form centre of excellence. More SEN (Special Educational Needs) facilities, services and teacher training.

Healthcare, Social Services & Welfare: Reinstate reciprocal health agreement with UK. Improve healthcare for over 65’s. Resolve pay and contract disputes for nurses. Review the full healthcare system and determine whether we have the right care system in place to support islanders from community care, residential care and other adjoined services, including individuals with special needs. Improve safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Continue to support islanders seeking employment.

Mental Health & Well-being: Introduce more modern services to tackle all forms of mental health such as online services with experienced practitioners available 24/7. Promote well-being in all aspects of day to day island life. More available services for younger islanders with mental health issues.

Energy, Renewables & the Environment: Solar Panels to be included on new builds from 2022. Research on island hemp production for the use of insulation in homes and new builds.

Tourism: Promote our heritage and be proud to showcase this around the world and educate islanders further. Work with Visit Guernsey to find new innovative ways to attract visitors. Promote our sports, music, arts & local produce.

Transport & Traffic: Encourage transition to electric vehicles. Ensure we protect our sea /air links. More affordable fares from our locally owned airline, Aurigny.

Law & Legislation: Make medicinal cannabis more accessible to islanders for a wider range of medical conditions than currently in place.

Housing & Licensing: More initiatives to help first time buyers such as ‘help to buy’ or ‘part ownership schemes’. Review work permit policy for key workers, nurses, doctors and specialists in all fields.

Planning & Development: Full review of existing planning laws for office space, retail and private accommodation. Redevelopment of unused hotel sites.

My full manifesto expanding more on each area can be found on my online candidate page or email me directly [email protected].

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Answers to questions proposed by the public:

Most of the detailed work of the States is done in committees, like the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure. What experience do you have of being on a committee and how did you contribute?

Being an experienced professional project manager I have managed a number of committees to success completion of each project. Currently I am overseeing the development and integration of the new GTA University website, which involves a number of key stakeholders.

With unemployment currently running at an all time high, what measures would you like in place to ensure local people are offered jobs before license holders ?

Support for retraining and reskilling of the existing workforce. To ensure the local population skillset fits with employers needs.

What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?

Solar Panels to be included on new builds from 2022 to reduce our carbon footprint. States and GE (Guernsey Electricity) partnership scheme for free or subsidised solar panels to help reduce bills, with part payback from the proceeds of solar production. Research on island hemp production for the use of insulation in homes and new builds, plus the production of other environmentally friendly sustainable products. More electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles including further charging points throughout the island (subject to increasing demand). States and GE (Guernsey Electricity) partnership scheme for free or subsidised solar panels to help reduce bills, with part payback from the proceeds of solar production. Research on island hemp production for the use of insulation in homes and new builds, plus the production of other environmentally friendly sustainable products. More electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles including further charging points throughout the island (subject to increasing demand).

I live in St Peter Port but have interests in the Vale, St Peters and Castel. Will you be looking at Island Wide issues or more so in your Parish of residence?

Island-wide issues the whole way for me. We cannot just look at a single parish in isolation, as what happens in one parish has a knock on effect to another. Too often before many issues have been solely parish focused and other parish have suffered as a result.

Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?

More brownfield site development is needed to reduce and address this issue.

You will make many commitments as a politician, but how will you actually ensure these are achieved? If you have been a deputy before, what will you do differently this term to improve achievements?

This is my first time standing as a candidate and this will become my full time commitment and primary focus for the next full term.

What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?

As a two time young environmentalist of the year award winner, environmental issues have always been important to me. I believe Guernsey has a great opportunity to lead the way, especially with recent green finance initiatives.

What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?

Good transparent leadership and the ability to engage with others. Putting the island first over any form of self interests.

If the independent Cost Benefit Analysis supports lengthening the airport runway, would you vote in favour of investing in this key element of island infrastructure?

Yes if the business case is proven, mitigating as many risks as possible for overall gain and benefit to our island and economy.

Do you believe that diversification of the island's tax base is an important consideration for Guernsey in today's volatile and fast-moving global economy? If so, how can this specifically be achieved for Guernsey?

Diversification is highly important. By encouraging enterprise zones to enable start-up business to succeed, which will help the local economy and also helps diversify the tax base.

What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?

The existing scheme set is place by the States is fair. Possibilities to work with businesses and employers to agree a statutory minimum could be introduced and look into further.

I believe Guernsey needs a vision; a forward-thinking concept for the future of the island’s infrastructure, community wellbeing and economy. What’s yours?

Community well-being is a must for me, as a mental health mentor well-being in our day to day and island life should be embraced. It enhances our mind-set and has a more positive impact in our community as a whole.

Do you agree that people should be encouraged to use cars less and if so what measures would you like to see introduced to achieve this?

For me this is all about choice, if you wish to use your car, use it. Please consider the new green motor vehicles on offer, such as hybrid, fully electric and hydrogen fuel cells when moving onto your next or for other family members. This could then also help us work towards other environmental goals.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

There will always be some areas which outsourcing away from the States will be needed depending on the specialist we need to complete to works being carried out or the specific service required.

What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?

Continue to support our goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 and use viable offset projects off island to help achieve and educate islanders further in this area.

Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?

Continued growth is important if it is in the right areas. For instance, there is no point developing big business spaces when all that is required are smaller business/retail units, which would be snapped up in a quicker timeframe and support individuals and families, plus enhancing the economy further. There's nothing attractive about empty office blocks believe me.

What intra island transport strategy would you support to ensure safe and ‘clean’ travel on island for all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? And how do you plan to deliver that plan financially?

Introduce more cycle routes/lanes around the island alongside main roads, separating motor vehicle traffic and improving road safety and general well-being. Initial outlay would be needed here, then we could recuperate by introducing 'Guernsey version' of the London cycle hire (which could be dropped off at multiple locations throughout the island) and electric pay as you drive car hire schemes.

What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?

Encourage transition to electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Introduce additional incentives for low-emission vehicles.

What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?

Establishment of green belt areas (similar to the UK approach).

The Guernsey Press had an article and a picture of a proposed East Coast development called HYDROPORT. It seemed to me to be a brilliant plan and included a new deep water harbour, a hydro electric supply by enclosing Belgrave bay and changes to St Peter port harbour to accommodate cruise liners and super yachts. It would provide jobs, produce an ongoing and substantial revenue stream and make us to some extent self-reliant on electricity, why has there been no update on this project?

This question should have been directed and put to all existing term deputies. I would like to have heard their response to the first instance as I also agree it was an interesting project.

Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?

Yes climate change is caused by humans. We are aware of this and must continue to look at all possibilities to reduce our carbon footprint for our future generations.

Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?

Inert waste should be used to reclaim land around Guernsey rather than just dumped and we should move from the Longue Hougue area. Too much wildlife is suffering on island and globally and we should encourage all to do what we can to protect further.

Most scientists and experts agree that a target of 2050 to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions is nowhere near ambitious enough and will have catastrophic consequences around the world. What will you do to ensure that Guernsey takes action to significantly reduce carbon emissions during the next term?

Solar Panels to be included on new builds from 2022 to reduce our carbon footprint. States and GE (Guernsey Electricity) partnership scheme for free or subsidised solar panels to help reduce bills, with part payback from the proceeds of solar production. Research on island hemp production for the use of insulation in homes and new builds, plus the production of other environmentally friendly sustainable products. More electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles including further charging points throughout the island (subject to increasing demand). States and GE (Guernsey Electricity) partnership scheme for free or subsidised solar panels to help reduce bills, with part payback from the proceeds of solar production. Research on island hemp production for the use of insulation in homes and new builds, plus the production of other environmentally friendly sustainable products. More electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles including further charging points throughout the island (subject to increasing demand).

If elected, would you fully support the retention, repair and ongoing maintenance of the Sea Defences provided by the anti-tank wall at L’Ancresse Bay?

Yes - lets get this done as soon as possible. It is essential maintenance which needs to be carried out.

A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?

Three school model over 3 sites, with the addition of a sixth form centre of excellence for me. Education should not be diluted. We have 3 of the 4 schools is excellent condition and the infrastructure in place, yes some money would need to be spend, just the current amounts forecasted and we must agree to get on and drive this forward.

With the general increase in costs of running the island and with various capital projects requiring funding; and with limitations on the amount that islanders can be taxed; do you think that it may be time to revisit the 0-10 tax scheme that created a big black hole in the island's finances?

Yes we should look into all local and trading businesses should be paying their contributions. It shouldn't just be the finance houses footing the bulk of the overall bill.

If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?

It's drafted and should be good to go. Lets finish what we started here. No more delays.

Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?

No because this is a short term solution to a longer term issue. We need to ensure these government run institutions run in proper manner to ensure we generate a significant ROI (return on Investment). Selling these assets off at present would only mask a larger island for the next generation or even looking ahead a further 25 years.

Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?

Yes of course, great idea and a big win as we do not want to end up living in a concrete jungle.

What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?

As a dog owner my dogs are already chipped and I would be all for introducing a States back scheme and working with on island veterinaries to drive this forward.

I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?

To sort out the secondary school education and get it done for the benefit of our islands children, which ultimately are the next working people and entrepreneurs.

How good are your mediation and conciliation skills? The key to the islands well-being and progress is in working together to achieve the projects approved - to see sustainable, innovative solutions. Leadership in pulling the team together to move forward, rather than in circles.

I believe I have a great balance of these skills and great soft skills as a part time life coach of young adults and working as a mental health mentor. Building relationships with all parts of our community is key, to broaden knowledge and share ideas (and experiences to date).

Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?

No, because we need to ensure we do put out the message we are open for business to attract the right people with the specialist skill set to fill vacancies within our island if we can fill them from our local people.

Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?

Yes, we should Investigate recreational use of cannabis subject to suitable regulation and THC limits, factoring in the right thought out approach and how this fits into island life. In the interim period of any potential changes to the law, introduce an amnesty for islanders who are in caught in possession of a small amount of cannabis. Free up time in our police force and judicial system, reducing associated costs.

Question for New Candidates: During the COVID-19 lockdown States Meetings were held virtually. On 24th of June Meetings resumed in the Royal Court Chamber. As a prospective States Member have you spent any time at all in the public gallery observing our Parliament (potentially your future workplace) in action? If not, why not?

Yes I have sat in on over a dozen States debates in the last full term period. I needed to ensure I knew what I would be doing if successfully elected in this new term. Very interesting sittings.

In 1945, the generosity of people outside Guernsey enabled the delivery of Red Cross parcels to the island on the SS Vega. What is your view on the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’? How can we best show our care for people in need in other parts of the world?

We need to ensure we have the appreciate aid policy in place. We do have a duty of social responsibility to our countries and islands outside ours. If the shoe was on the other foot for any future natural disaster, we would expect the same aid back in return.

This is a question for new candidates; do you agree with the principle of scrutiny of government and if so how would you ensure that it was fairly carried out ?

Yes, the introduction to the freedom of information act may help here to show more transparency.

Considering the mounting public pressure against the way our current justice system deals with cannabis offences, what is your stance on the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey?

Yes, we should Investigate recreational use of cannabis subject to suitable regulation and THC limits, factoring in the right thought out approach and how this fits into island life. In the interim period of any potential changes to the law, introduce an amnesty for islanders who are in caught in possession of a small amount of cannabis. Free up time in our police force and judicial system, reducing associated costs.

In a review last year into drugs and treatments and States debate in January, HSC acknowledged that the disparity between life changing NICE TA drugs available in Guernsey compared to the NHS had become too great to be justified, with nearly 4000 patients now on sub-optimal treatments. The Guernsey Health Reserve was identified as the funding source. HSC announced last week a delay of at least a year to the implementation of this policy. How do you propose to tackle the pace at which change takes place within the States? Should you be held accountable for delivering on commitments you make individually, as a committee or collectively as the States?

Yes the pace of policy change extremely inconsistent at the best of times. More transparency, swifter action is needed. If it worked for COVID, the same approach should adapted across multiple other policy reviews if not all. More efficient and ultimately more beneficial to us islanders as a whole.

What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?

More initiatives to help first time buyers such as ‘help to buy’ or ‘part ownership schemes’. New build deeds to has clauses added that when sold on again to they then have to be sold onto first time buyers to the cycle continues. Rent caps should also be looked into as investors buying multiple properties are continuing to drive rental prices up further out pricing islanders of the this part of the market.

Earlier this year, the States passed the introduction of life-saving and life-changing NICE-Approved drugs & medicines by a massive 32-1 vote; these drugs are readily available under the NHS and SHS in the UK. HSC have now announced that the implementation of this is now to be delayed by a year or so. Out of all projects the States have on their list - this has to be THE single most important one because it will affect up to 4,000+ residents of our island. How do you intend to bring forward the delay of this incredibly important topic to a much quicker implementation date?

Yes the pace of policy change extremely inconsistent at the best of times. More transparency, swifter action is needed. If it worked for COVID, the same approach should adapted across multiple other policy reviews if not all. More efficient and ultimately more beneficial to us islanders as a whole.

What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?

Introduction of average speed cameras for our top 20 main and busy roads/accident hot spots. MOT to be introduced to combat noise pollution and also to check for emissions (to ensure below the guideline amounts helping to protect our environment.

The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?

Yes I have read the full lengthy (90 page) document in full). Yes I am in favour our supporting it, but we do have to ask ourselves is now the right time with the on-going COVID recovery and do we have sufficient funds to start the project, make viable and make a big beneficial impact to islanders life and our economy.

Have you been made aware that every report that the SOG has commissioned for 20 years has flagged the need to extend the runway to circa 1700m+ and the commercial benefits it will bring for the island as a whole?

Yes I have read the full lengthy (90 page) document in full). Yes I am in favour our supporting it, but we do have to ask ourselves is now the right time with the on-going COVID recovery and do we have sufficient funds to start the project, make viable and make a big beneficial impact to islanders life and our economy.

Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?

Yes Guernsey will continue to build our relationships with these countries which are currently strong and will become stronger.

The current states assembly has approved proposals for a Discrimination Ordinance, but much work needs to be done. How committed are you to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and people of faith are protected on this island?

Yes 100% committed as an LGBTQ+ person myself, full commitment here as we are all equal, no matter what race, colour or gender orientation.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

I use my 20 years project management approach for decision making (professionally qualifies in PRINCE2 and AGILE). Way up risks, ways to mitigate these risk, bold decision making for gain and RIO (return on investment). Also we have to look at the impact to each project/policy and the benefit to islanders and community members as a whole.

In the last two years two pieces of legislation have come to the States which specifically target the most vulnerable members of our society - euthanasia and abortion - where a person’s fundamental and basic right to life is overridden in the name of lesser rights. Do you believe that disposing of a person’s life is a sign of progress? Do you believe that failing to protect human life at any age or stage of development is the mark of a civilised and enlightened and caring society?

I do believe our current legislation is appropriate and has been widely discussed in the recent term. Assisted dying is about dignity and removal of suffering and it should be a discussed in modern day society. At the end of the day our pets seem to have a more dignified and pain free end of life care path than we currently do.

It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?

This area does need to be looked into further, I would have to digest all the existing tax information before I could make a ultimate broader answer on this at present. Happy to review and happy further along the line.

In light of covid-19 and the hit that the tourist industry has taken what plans (if any) would you try to put in place to make Guernsey more attractive to tourists after travel bans are lifted? And do you feel tourism should play a more crucial role in Guernsey? If not, why?

Yes tourism should play a key part in our island life, we should be proud to showcase our produce, arts, sports and heritage and everything else we have to offer. Hospitality sector is an important part of our day to day economy and therefore should be supported.

Please list in order of importance: - driving Guernsey’s economy - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - focus on air and sea links - extend the runway - implement revive and thrive as a priority - open our closed borders as a priority - reduce states expenditure

Implement revive and thrive as a priority - reduce states expenditure - driving Guernsey’s economy sort out the schools - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - focus on air and sea links - open our closed borders as a priority - extend the runway.

List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.

Young environmentalist of the year for two consecutive years in the 1990's, on-going fun raising and work in community projects (GROW limited and WAG wellbeing Animals Guernsey). Supporting Liberate and rainbow chorus. Offering free life coaching advice to young adults and working as a mental health mentor with project semicolon.

Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?

Yes - a full review of government expenditure, to be carried within a one year period. This would have to be actioned by done by a full internal audit, outsourcing if/where necessary.

As we subsidise the airline, should Aurigny have a monopoly over all air routes to and from the Bailiwick, with a regulator to ensure fair pricing and a policy of not for profit?

No it shouldn’t have the monopoly as we shouldn’t have all our eggs in one basket. Fare prices should be capped as there are too many inconsistencies. Open skies is essential for more diversity of routes and choice of holiday destinations.

What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?

No because this is a short term solution to a longer term issue. We need to ensure these government run institutions run in proper manner to ensure we generate a significant ROI (return on Investment). Selling these assets off at present would only mask a larger island for the next generation or even looking ahead a further 25 years.

Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?

Yes the pace of policy change extremely inconsistent at the best of times. More transparency, swifter action is needed. If it worked for COVID, the same approach should adapted across multiple other policy reviews if not all. More efficient and ultimately more beneficial to us islanders as a whole.

What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?

First thoughts, where has the money gone that has been put in the pot with raised social security contributions over the last 8 years. Why were the analytics forecasts so wrong in the first place. I full review of where we currently are is need for me to answer further on this subject.

What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?

No GST for me.

Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?

if I had access to a full review of these I would happily consider it.

What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?

Make investment in infrastructure, employing local contractors and specialists wherever possible. Focus on investment which produces significant social and financial benefit to help the economy grow. Look at introduction of enterprise zones for stat-ups and entrepreneurs.

Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.

I believe there should be a cap, they should be partly means tested and we should be doing everything within our current services to help get these individuals back into the world of work as soon as we can.

How will you support and encourage young people coming to the island with regards to housing and licencing to ensure the island has more stable tax base as the population ages?

Introduce more initiatives to help first time buyers such as ‘help to buy’ or ‘part ownership schemes’.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

It will not have any impact. Completely unbiased approach.

Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?

Yes I have read the full lengthy (90 page) document in full). Yes I am in favour our supporting it, but we do have to ask ourselves is now the right time with the on-going COVID recovery and do we have sufficient funds to start the project, make viable and make a big beneficial impact to islanders life and our economy.

What are your views on the cost of Primary Healthcare locally and what innovative ideas do you have that don’t simply involve ‘redirecting funding from a different states pot’ to create fair, equitable and affordable access to Primary Care for all islanders?

Review the full healthcare system and determine whether we have the right care system in place to support islanders in community care, residential care and other adjoined services. This is not just for the older community, this also needs to benefit the lower and middle income households that need support, including individuals with special needs.

Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?

Assisted dying need more investigation and which the right approcah should be an option for anyone suffering with long term life threatening conditions. It is also their families affected here. Possibly the Swiss approach, needs more thought and further review.

Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?

As currently working in education (at the GTA University Centre for the last 4.5 years), yes I fully support - T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.

What will you do to help Guernsey businesses revive and thrive and make Guernsey a 'smarter' and technologically advanced place to do business, and to encourage new start up businesses?

Make investment in infrastructure, employing local contractors and specialists wherever possible. Focus on investment which produces significant social and financial benefit to help the economy grow. Look at introduction of enterprise zones for stat-ups and entrepreneurs.

There is a lack of mental health support available - particularly to those who seem to fall into the apparent gap between the secondary and primary mental health services. What will you do to address this?

Reinstate reciprocal health agreement with UK and investigate if this could also work with other jurisdictions. Improve healthcare for over 65’s together with a reduction of costs as many insurers will not insure them off island. Resolve pay and contract disputes for nurses to reduce staff turnover and encourage more locally born islanders to make this one of their primary career choices. Review the full healthcare system and determine whether we have the right care system in place to support islanders in community care, residential care and other adjoined services. This is not just for the older community, this also needs to benefit the lower and middle income households that need support, including individuals with special needs. Improve safeguarding children and vulnerable adults to ensure we can offer the best services in this area.

How would you as a deputy ensure emotive proposals such as, change to abortion law or assisted dying law would be publicly debated? And allow Islanders to have more of a say in these emotive issues.

Abortion law has recently been addressed and I am satisfied with the current position. Assisted dying need more investigation and which the right approcah should be an option for anyone suffering with long term life threatening conditions. It is also their families affected here. Possibly the Swiss approach, needs more thought and further review.

What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?

Yes I think it has been already been discussed to date in great details and I am happy and satisfied with the current position.

How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?

Post 16 education to be driven forward with the Institute and be fully in place by 2023, so we have the best training facilities we can offer for academic and non-academic professional and personal development. Three school model over 3 sites, with the addition of a sixth form centre of excellence. More SEN (special educational needs) facilities, services and teacher training.

Recognising the importance of our natural environment and our hospitality industry how would you propose to move forward essential repairs and any development at St Peter Port harbour, securing access to our beaches (e.g. Petit Port, Divette, Soldiers bay), the maintenance of our cliff paths and the important access from the bathing places to the Clarence battery? Does this essential maintenance take priority over the development of the East Coast/Town seafront?

The essential maintenance of all the islands infrastructure should hold equal importance and should be adhered to and looked after accordingly to enhance our island for all and visitors arriving onto our shores.

What are your views about the proposed way forward with regard to Probate, recognising that the age-old system has been efficient, pastoral, and inexpensive? Are you of the view "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

The issue here not everyone wishes to have their estate administrated by the church and individuals wishes must respected, should they not?

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