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David De Lisle

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David De Lisle
  • Parish St Pierre du Bois
  • Experience Current Deputy
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Personal Statement

As your Deputy I will continue to speak out and make representations to challenge government proposals and policies on issues that affect the island community. I offer extensive experience as policy advisor to governments, university lecturer and teacher. Our education system must be inclusive, equitable and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. We must protect our environment for future generations and invest in our people and workforce.

  • Adopt a three-school secondary model with a single sixth form centre and Guernsey institute for further education to cover all abilities and special needs
  • Diversify our economy as well as promote the finance sector
  • Combat climate change and promote on-island renewable energy

Manifesto

ECONOMIC PROSPECTS The States must encourage business opportunities and create prospects for additional employment and entrepreneurial growth. Borrowing is unnecessary as we have reserves in place to assist with recovery.

This term the States has placed unjustified increases in TRP on domestic properties. This is a form of regressive indirect taxation that hits pensioners and those on fixed incomes. Better to boost growth rather than raise taxes that could derail the recovery.

We must prioritise climate action to embrace a wide-ranging green recovery strategy encompassing opportunities in renewable energy. Solar, tidal and wind offer huge potential for job growth, apprenticeship training, reduction in energy imports and added security and independence. To boost on-island renewables the States must promote competition and choice in energy, for solar waive planning and building control fees from individuals and scrap the stand-by charge on commercial projects. Emphasis must be given to growing the infrastructure for future electric vehicles and providing incentives for property insulation to reduce reliance on carbon fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

EDUCATION A stable and successful education system is key to building investment confidence and economic success. Earlier this year I led the amendment supporting the three school secondary model with retention of a single sixth form centre and the development of a new Guernsey Institute for further education to alleviate overcrowding and to give every child the opportunities they deserve. Secondary and further education facilities have been too long delayed placing a burden and uncertainty on staff and pupils working in substandard buildings. All our existing primary schools must be retained. They maintain high standards and form an integral part of the soul of our island community.

HEALTH Let’s keep a tight rein on the pandemic and not become complacent. Health and Social Care should focus on providing more skilled physicians to meet our many needs, additional new operating theatres and modern diagnostic equipment to reduce the 18 month waiting time. HSC must continue to provide preventative health care to reduce the risk of premature mortality and support mental health and a range of disabilities. I commend Dr Nicola Brink for her guidance throughout the current pandemic.

The States should provide a reciprocal health agreement with the UK at least equal to that provided in Jersey and the Isle of Man.

Pensioners should not lose their health benefit grant and exemption from prescription charges nor be forced to sell their homes to pay for long term care. The £900 age related tax allowance to pensioners removed by this States needs to be reinstated.

ENVIRONMENT I have a strong interest in safeguarding our island from overdevelopment. I initiated the environmental strategy which was passed by the States to protect our biodiversity and countryside to balance economic growth and environmental sustainability and to provide a vision for future States to follow. The current planning system needs reform to direct future development onto brown field sites, protect existing fields and allow third party planning appeals. Financial assistance needs to be given to homeowners when upgrading protected heritage buildings. The States must repair and maintain the island’s infrastructure and renew areas such as the Valette steps and Fermain wall using local providers and expertise.

POLLUTION I have called on the States to adopt more stringent guidelines to provide a clean and healthy environment free of chemical pollutants that have been internationally condemned. To this end I placed a requete to ban the use of the chemical Glyphosate (Roundup) recognised as a carcinogen by WHO with links to cancer. I was persistent in following up States actions to remove PFOS from the airfield and other sites. The 5 year license has now expired and this toxic chemical remains in temporary storage around the airport without a long term solution. Spending £20 million on extending our sewage outfalls further into the sea instead of being responsible citizens and building a sewage treatment plant has done nothing to clean up our coastal waters.

My fight against plastic pollution began with plastic bottle recycling and agreeing to place a charge on single-use plastic bags. The funds raised have been placed into community and environmental projects. We need to do more together to eliminate plastic waste.

I battled incineration and Suez to reduce particulate and chemical pollution and forced the commissioning of a study on kerbside recycling which revealed it would increase our recycling rate and save thousands of tons of waste entering landfill or export. The successful adoption of kerbside recycling connected to a zero-waste strategy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) has channelled energies into new waste industries and creative businesses.

CONNECTIVITY Our broadband facilities need urgent investment to deliver competitive ultra-fast connectivity to business and households island-wide to sustain the modern way of life. In the long term reliable, sustainable, and affordable air and sea links are key to develop and recapture short stay holidays to our island and sustain our financial economy. I welcome Weymouth’s wish to connect with Guernsey by sea, the Open Skies initiative and reopening the Heathrow link as part of the recovery strategy when safe given the current global pandemic. Our town centres need adequate parking and ease of access to the retail, hospitality and financial business sectors, key to the survival of the commercial and retail heartlands. There is need for sensitive regeneration in both St Peter Port and the Bridge. We need a modern harbour terminal which will create a positive welcome by sea to our island.

Your vote your voice

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?

On Committees since 2004: Environment, Education, Scrutiny, Commerce and Employment, and Economic Development, Legislation – provided policy advice as a member of the board.

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 ?

Cut the relocation subsidies including rent and housing allowances to new comers from off island so that local candidates are given fair remuneration and consideration.

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

Implement a renewable on island energy strategy including solar, tidal and wind. Implement the infrastructure for future electric vehicles and provide incentives for property insulation.

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, always have adopted that approach.

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

Yes.

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?

I strive at all times to implement policies that will enhance how we live and work in Guernsey for all age groups.

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

Prioritise climate action to embrace a wide ranging green recovery strategy encompassing opportunities in on island renewable energy.

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

A person who listens and that focuses on ideas of many rather than their own ideologies.

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?

No not at this time. My proposals were to extend the runway east strictly within the current airport boundaries using EMAS.

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?

YES by adopting, encouraging new industrial enterprise – in the renewable market.

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

This last term the States has extended maternity pay and leave.

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?

Vision needs to encompass climate action, diversification of the economy and embrace a green economy strategy.

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?

We are too small an island to make public transport pay. There should be a freedom of choice and in time there will be only electric generated forms of transport.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

50 / 50

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

By taking action.

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

No, we cannot go back in time.

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?

Technology is changing and we will have to adapt and change with it. All state run vehicles including buses should be electric.

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

Technology is changing and we will have to adapt and change with it. All state run vehicles including buses should be electric.

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

I introduced the environmental strategy to protect the environment, biodiversity and countryside to balance economic growth and environmental sustainability.

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?

Because P&R have failed to engage with investors and proposers of the HydroPort development.

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

Yes.

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?

Consider another site.

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?

Implement a renewable on island energy strategy including solar, tidal and wind. Implement the infrastructure for future electric vehicles and provide incentives for property insulation.

What is your view on current spending on Aurigny, is it worth how much we are paying? Is it run efficiently? Did we need new aircraft?

It has not been run properly and suffered from mismanagement with the possible losses to the taxpayer of over £29 million.

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.

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?

NO there is an alternative three school model which is more suitable for the island.

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.

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

Needs priority.

Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?

This takes time and needs to be properly documented to avoid mistakes in the future.

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.

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.

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

Strict control of the owners and fines.

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 make the public aware of harm to public health and environment of toxic chemicals being used on island and see my programme for kerbside recycling achieve 75 per cent target.

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 have carried negotiations in both public and private sectors successfully all my working life.

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

This has to be investigated further.

First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?

Renovation of derelict buildings require a lot of cash up front. Not suitable for first time home buyers.

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

NO.

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 have to look after our own distressed population first. The Red Cross International, UN and les medecins frontiers all have the resources to provide assistance where needed and should be supported.

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?

It’s fine. When you play with fire you have to be prepared to be burnt.

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?

This needs to be priority. HSC has been given extra budgets in millions and these have been misspent or vaporized.

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?

Provide mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives.

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?

Needs to be given priority.

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

Increase police presence.

In January 2020 the States passed a policy to make all NICE TA drugs and treatments available to Islanders. Do you see this as a priority and if so how would you expedite implementation?

Yes.

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?

That report was pre Covid – No to extension of runway.

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 made aware.

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.

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?

This is on its way to being implemented. Age discrimination needs to be brought forward.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Experience.

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?

Every life is precious and every situation is unique. No one law covers all.

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?

YES.

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?

There is a new Premier Inn being constructed – tourism will be alive and well after Covid. The new link with Isle of Man has proven to be successful.

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

There are issues of importance that need to be addressed by the new States.

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

New waste strategy, development of environmental policy and bringing the States up to standard on pollution controls.

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. By natural attrition and cut duplication of roles across the service, 24 months.

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.

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

Telecoms as an example. We have not had the benefit of modern infrastructure on island. For example Jersey telecoms which is state owned has invested fibre optics throughout the island. Commercialisation of Guernsey Electricity has not led to much needed competition in the energy market.

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

YES.

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

The State must develop the previous CASTEL Hospital into a long term residential care facility for the aged.

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

Against GST.

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

YES.

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

Diversification.

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.

Income support should always be looked at and reviewed to accommodate the cost living rises.

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?

Review the situation.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

To be fair and just.

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?

Increase the primary care benefit with inflation.

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)?

End of life care.

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

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. They need to be trialled.

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?

Being done by Relocate Guernsey and by private business.

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?

To be investigated.

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.

It has been debated.

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

Yes it should investigated before debate.

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

Three school model 11 to 16, separate 6th form centre plus new Guernsey Institute.

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?

This must be carried out immediately and takes priority over east coast town seafront.

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"?

YES.

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