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Lyndon Sean Trott

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  • Parish St Sampson
  • Experience Current Deputy
  • Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
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Personal Statement

I’m a Guernseyman, a family man and a businessman. I’m told that I offer unmatched experience, knowledge and a proven ability to act swiftly for all Guernsey people – whatever their age or background. I’m told that I’m tested and trusted and people know that I say what I mean and mean what I say. My record includes serving as Treasury & Resources Minister (2004-2008); Chief Minister (2008-2012); Vice-President Policy & Resources Committee (Deputy Chief Minister), 2016 to date.

  • COVID – led largest, fastest, most effective economic support package
  • Jobs & prosperity – States must be brave, bold and end ‘paralysis of analysis’
  • Financial – proven competence, honesty, fairness and positive action
  • Education & skills – backed choice and social mobility plus ‘pause and review’
  • Brexit – represented Island on global stages. Crucial experience as we fight for our future beyond Brexit.

Manifesto

Dear Elector,

My extensive background and experience in the States, and the work ahead of us over the next four and a half years to keep Guernsey safe and prosperous, can be found at
www.lyndontrott.gg

In brief, this is why I am offering myself for re-election and why I believe a vote for me will help keep the island we love working for the benefit of everyone. The challenges we face as a small community are many and I will always, and have always, worked to maintain the highest standards. Good government doesn’t just happen. It requires honesty, integrity judgement and dedication.

Economic support

On your behalf, if re-elected, I will continue to work repairing Guernsey’s economy following the Covid crisis while supporting families and businesses so badly affected by the emergency measures we took to keep the island’s people safe.

This is the single most important domestic task facing the new States, because without a strong, well-managed and diverse economy providing good jobs we cannot afford the public services on which we all depend. I believe I have demonstrated that you can trust me with your money and your future.

Open Market

Guernsey’s Open Market housing sector is an increasingly important economic enabler but it has not received the acknowledgement it deserves. I will work to ensure the sector is enhanced and that those in it and the contribution they make are recognised, encouraged and valued.

Education and skills

I supported retaining selection, but accept the States’ decision to end that and am now committed to ensuring parents have the opportunities for their children that they want and need. I also supported ‘Pause and Review’ in regard to the plans for our secondary schools because I heard your concerns and, like you, recognise that for the sake of our children and grandchildren this is one decision we must not get wrong. We must invest further in the skills and training of our current and future workforce.

The environment

I will continue to make your voice heard on planning – for example, by fighting against over-development, over-density and the unwelcome use of greenfield sites. We live on a beautiful island and we must ensure we keep it that way, with greater ecological investment to enhance the environment, biodiversity and the appeal of Guernsey.

Green Investment globally, actively driven by Guernsey, is making a real difference in the fight against climate change by cleaning up business and removing CO2 from the atmosphere. But there is much more we can do as our major industry is once again part of the solution and not the problem.

The next generation

I want younger islanders to have the opportunity to build their futures in Guernsey. We need a fit-for-purpose education system, real and long-term investment in skills and a States that listens to our island’s young people – not one that tells them we know best.

The older generation

I will continue to fight to ensure our parents and grandparents – our pensioners – get a fair income, good health and social care and the right help and support. For the past 18 years I have opposed taking homes off hard-working families to fund long-term care and will continue to do so on your behalf.

Public spending and the economy

My approach here is simple – to protect hard-working families and those in retirement. My full manifesto sets out nine key ways of doing just that, through prudence, economic fairness, investment and working to minimise the tax burden on you and your family.

So why am I worthy of a vote?

I pledge to do all that I can to ensure Guernsey is fair to all islanders and that, from young people to pensioners, all will continue to have in me a voice in government they can trust, and someone who will listen to their concerns and act upon them.

In a world challenged by rapid change, I offer experience, knowledge and a proven ability to act swiftly for Guernsey and its people.

Not left or right: just straight forward.

“I have always found you can completely trust Lyndon to do what he says he will do – and that is a quality not to be underestimated in government”

—Mike Read, member, Guernsey Disability Alliance social policy team

www.lyndontrott.gg

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?

Twenty years States experience. Objective and extensively researched.

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 ?

Fortunately unemployment is not currently at an all time high. Always put Guernsey first

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

All measures that pass the common sense test.

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 as that will be the mandate following this election

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

I do not believe that large amounts of land are being lost

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?

There can be no guarantees, however dedication and experience help.

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

It is real and Guernsey is doing great work through Guernsey Green Finance

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

Those possessed by Deputy Gavin St Pier

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?

If the case was overwhelming - Yes. If marginal at best, no

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. This matter will be subject to extensive public discussion

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

This is not an area in which I have expertise.

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?

Please visit www.lyndontrott.gg for details

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?

Through more use of the carrot and less of the stick

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes

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

Through actions such as sustainable Guernsey Green Finance

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

No.

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?

I have a truly open mind with regard the future of intra island transport but do not believe in demonising the motorist.

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

Our electricity supply is sourced from renewables and faster electrification of our transport makes complete sense.

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

Invest appropriately

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?

I believe that the proposals are in the public domain

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?

Listen to the outcome of Environmental Impact Reviews

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?

One Guernsey Green Fund is forecast to take 1.4 million tonnes of carbon out of our atmosphere.

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?

Aurigny will never make money while we insist it should be all things to all people.

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?

Only if the case to do so was proven to offer value for money

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?

0/10 has been in place for thirteen years and has been reviewed several times in the past as it will be in the future

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

High

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?

I believe in equality

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?

I have written an article on borrowing which can be found at lyndontrott.gg.  I would privatise Beau Sejour

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?

I intend to do as this question proposes

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

It is not top of my list of priorities

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?

Covid economic support in our communities time of need

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.

Better than some

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

I would wish to make an evidenced based decision.

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?

By doing what I have always done and try to ensure that common sense prevails on such matters.

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

My decision will be evidenced based - but I am open minded

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?

I agree with the statement and know that Guernsey people are among the most generous on the planet

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 costs nearly a thousand pounds a week to keep a prisoner

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?

The sooner NICE drugs are available in full, the better. The States is the executive and therefore it is the States that remains ultimately accountable.

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?

The States Bond has already lent nearly £100 million to the Guernsey Housing Association to fund social housing including partial ownership

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?

Top priority

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

More proactive policing is needed. My goodness some of those motorbikes are loud!

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?

I suspect air travel will look very different in the post Covid world and therefore a fresh look at the economic case is clearly both sensible and appropriate

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?

Does this remain the case in the post Covid environment?

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?

I am the independent trustee of the Commonwealth Parliaments trust funds and will continue to use those connections to strengthen ties

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?

I am committed.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

All the tools that 20 years of political experience and professional governance qualifications help guide and inform

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 not believe in "disposing of a person's life". I do however believe in freedom of choice for terminally ill and cognisant adults.

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?

Please visit www.lyndontrott.gg for details

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?

I strongly believe in investment as you will find explained at lyndontrott.gg

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

Please visit www.lyndontrott.gg for details on my views

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

Keeping Guernsey's aggregate tax base at 21% of GDP over the last twenty years and our Economy strong throughout the Global Financial Crises, in particular, are of note

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 and through numerous initiatives including digital transformation

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?

I do not believe that Aurigny should have a monopoly over all routes.

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

I remain strongly in favour

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?

I do not believe that we should look to a persons home as a solution, preferring alternative options.

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

I hope that economic growth will be sufficient to avoid the need for it

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

If not all, certainly most

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

Please visit www.lyndontrott.gg for details

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 that in most cases the levels fall into category b

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?

Through helping ensure a strong economy with attractive and diverse, preferably well paid jobs.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I keep politics and religion separate

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?

I support the "Agenda for Change" which addresses this issue in detail

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)?

I am in favour of terminally ill adults of sound mind being able to make their own end of life choices

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

I am not familiar with T levels

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?

I helped set up the Guernsey Investment Fund which is helping exactly these types of businesses.

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?

I would look to the Health and Social care Committee to remedy accordingly

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.

Through public meetings as was the case with assisted dying

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

I confess to finding issues around abortion immensely challenging as a man

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

I voted for pause and review and await the Independent assessment with interest, anticipating three schools and a separate sixth form

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?

I do and as I have stated elsewhere , it does.

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"?

I understand that the reforms have the support of interested parties

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