- Parish St Sampson
- Experience New Candidate
My name is Yves Lenormand. I am a 47 year old married man with two children. I am hard working and have served the island all my life in transport, police service (15 years), revenue service (5 years) and the private finance sector. I know what is broken in these areas. I volunteer with the Guernsey Rugby Academy and during lockdown I volunteered with St. John Ambulance. Community is very important to me.
Too many children do not ‘fit’ our current schooling model and are crying out for a better model of education beyond the building they occupy. They need community centric learning fit for the modern age and workplace.
Special educational needs is also a subject close to my heart, as my family has needed to access this service. The staff have my sympathies for the structure they work with in. I will do better for them.
Some children are going undiagnosed or have to wait significant periods of time to be tested. The support is inadequate, not up-to-date and needs addressing with funding. We should focus more on the children’s interests and not just follow the curriculum.
Health underpins the rights of every-one and it is a whole person approach. Western medicine has moved towards the functionality of the machine we call our bodies, but our minds are a significant cause of health issues.
Whilst our ailing health service is long overdue the investment planned, I advocate that we each support our service by choosing healthy lifestyles. Choose yoga and meditation over antidepressants. Qi Gong is an area I have started to study as are areas of self-healing.
In advocating for regulation of cannabis, itself a medicine and natural healer, diverse and safe, I envisage us as leaders in providing safe and cost effective healthcare, which combines our history and excellence in horticulture with an excellence in green finance.
I want to empower you to make the choices you need with regards to substance use, and trust you will do so responsibly.
I feel strongly that our nurses should have a wage reflective of their professional dedication.
The island’s travel connections need to be reviewed. It is far too expensive to travel to or from Guernsey by sea or air. More carriers should be invited to use our air and sea links to enable competition.
We must spend less money on consultants and use our home grown talent. Listen to those doing the job.
There are several road layouts on the island that I feel need addressing to make them safer for both pedestrians and motorists.
We should give grants to people to enable them to purchase an electric vehicle or install solar or photovoltaic panels. This in turn will reduce our islands emissions. During lockdown the roads were clearer and the air cleaner and turning to electric vehicles or cycling as the more frequent modes of transport will benefit us all.
There needs to be more public charging stations.
The disused greenhouses on the island should be repaired and we should start growing again to help reduce global warming and put more oxygen back into the atmosphere.
Community grows would benefit all.
There has been far too much development over the past few years. Some of these areas could have been made into green spaces for families to visit and get back to nature and assist their own health. Zen gardens would be good for relaxation and stress relief. I would support less development and more funding for green areas for better wellbeing for all.
My wife and I worked in the police service for a combined 35 years. Social justice is often a topic in our home and goes hand in hand with criminal justice.
Law enforcement have a larger mandate with the boarders now, but spend far too much time on bringing prosecutions for drug related offences. The recent Justice Review highlighted that the service should concentrate on restorative justice, a subject they worked towards historically but abandoned. Restorative justice has it’s roots in community and repairing harm, which in my view, is a far closer reflection of the majority of crime in Guernsey.
For the specialist areas, such as financial crime and cyber crime, the service is under resourced and unable to retain its staff because their salaries do not reflect their valuable experience and abilities. These areas support our infrastructure as a centre of excellence for finance and security.
We need to revalue and redirect this service to reflect the community it serves.
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?
I have not been a member of a committee within the States of Guernsey before.
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 ?
It should be dependent on the skills of the individual not on whether they are local. Most of the hospitality sector is staffed by people from off island. If the person is living locally or have a licence to live here and are the best person for the job then I feel that they should be offered the position.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Prevent the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 or earlier. Give out grants to install solar or photovoltaic panels. Give out grants for the move to electric vehicles.
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?
I would be looking at the island as a whole not just the parish in which I live. I have the need to use various sites around the island for my work and for the education of our son so the whole island is important.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
I am not overly concerned about the loss of some agricultural land to private gardens as long as some is kept. I would like to see the island return to its growing heritage.
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 will commit myself to working for the benefit of the islands and its community and will support evidence based decisions.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Being open, honest and truthful and to work with all other deputies with respect for their opinions.
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?
I do think the runway should have been extended when it was refurbished years ago. However doing it now will be more costly. I feel that more carriers should be offered slots to the island. The larger carriers may be able to use aircraft that can land here without an extension.
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?
I think that the islands tax system is suitable for our needs for the low to middle earners. The wealthy could pay more tax via the tax caps and standard charge.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
I think the current maternity pay and leave arrangements are sufficient however paternity leave could be increased.
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?
Ensure our island exits covid in a strong position.
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 should encourage more travel via publuc transport, cycling or walking. With more electric vehicles on the roads the tax take on fuel may need to rise to compensate. This in turn could turn more people to other forms of transport and therefore the cycle continues. This will help the environment.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
I feel that we have sufficient skills and knowledge on island that we could use rather than outsourcing to consultants from outside the island.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
This is already adequately explained locally and through the global environment channels.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
Our economy has shrunk due to covid and we have to bring ourselves out of this. There may come a point in the future when growth may slow further or even decline.
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?
More cycle paths and electric buses. Funded by a more diverse business plan ie back to growing.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
Keep our fishing quotas as they are. Keep more green space on the island, commence growing again ie cannabis and organic produce.
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 would not support the hydro port due to loss on the belegreve bay and the view over the islands. I am unsure why there has not been any update on this. I feel that the cruise liners are already accommodated by mooring off the island.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Yes I feel the climate crisis has been caused predominantly by humans. However science has shown that the planet does cool and warm up itself over time.
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?
Ensure that relevant legislation is passed to prevent this.
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?
I feel that I have answered this question in the questions above.
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?
The spending on Aurigny has been spiraling out of control for some time. I think we should reduce the assistance given to the airline. I do not know if it is run efficiently, however new aircraft are needed to ensure that they are the most efficient as possible.
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?
Our sea defences are important and need upgrading or repairing. With the potential sea level rises in the future we need to protect our coastlines.
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?
I feel that the needs of the children go far beyond the building they are in. Too many children find the environment difficult. Smaller class sizes are needed. Education does need to change dramatically to enable children to be better prepared for the life after education.
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?
We could revisit this in due course. However we must stay competitive with other jurisdictions.
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?
We must ensure that everyone's rights are equal. If changes need to be made then this must be done.
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 don’t think Beau Sejour should be privatised. The fees charged for using the centre are less than the private health clubs. If it was privatised I could only see the costs to use the centre rising.
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 would support the revision of planning to return disused office space to greener spaces.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
Dogs should already be registered with the states to the relevant douzaine. A reduced price chipping service could be offered by the vets.
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 resolve the education issues.
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.
Having served in the Guernsey Police and Revenue Service I feel that I am adequately trained in the areas of mediation and conciliation. I have good leadership skills.
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?
More of the disused properties on the island could be renovated and used for first time buyers rather than building more new houses on new sites.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
I agree and will support the regulation of cannabis.
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?
I have not spent any time in the public gallery.
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?
Obviously we should care for our fellow humans, however we must ensure that our community are also assisted.
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 ?
Government should be scrutinised and held accountable and I would support the committee with this.
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?
Cannabis should be regulated In the island.
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?
It would be dependent on the work streams allocated and if the subject was deemed to be more important than others further up the work stream I would request that it be prioritised. I think you should be held accountable as a person, committee and the states 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?
I support shared ownership initiatives as it would enable people to get onto the housing ladder and have some equity in a property. Disused houses could be purchased and renovated to use for first time buyers. More houses like Courtil Leonie could be identified. Rent should be affordable.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
At present I do not believe that there is any noise pollution legislation that the police can implement. There would need to be a decibell level introduced and then a testing station made to enable the testing to take place. Funds would be needed for this.
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?
It is important but It would be dependent on the work streams in place to ascertain when this could be dealt with.
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 feel that looking at other carriers and offering more slots would bring competition and be more beneficial than extending the runway. Obviously if the slots were not taken up the states may have to review the runway extension.
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?
I was not 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?
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 very important and I am committed to ensure equality for all.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Evidence based criteria
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 feel that euthaniasia and abortion is a very private subject between the individual and their doctor.
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?
I believe wealthier people should pay more taxes. Business owners already pay tax, however the tax position for companies does change occasionally to bring more companies back into the taxed regime.
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?
Better deals at hotels for travellers, better flight and boat prices, longer working licenses so people can remain on the island longer so hotels can stay open passed summertime.
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
Schools, social needs, environment, economy, revive and thrive, open boarders, air and sea links, infrastructure, reduce expenditure, runway.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
Serving the community, Police, Revenue Service, Special Constable, helping the children of the island, help during covid.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
I do support a reduction in the cost of running the Civil Service but not to the detriment of a good level of service. I would say over the next 5 years would be a good time scale. They could also save money through retirement and succession planning
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 think Aurigny should have a monopoly. More carriers should be permitted to fly and or sail to the island. A regulator would be nice but I do not think it is a necessity.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
In the long run we may need to increase social security or taxes. However if further diversification of business commenced this would also assist.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
I do not support GST
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Regulation of cannabis and able to grow and export it. This will create jobs which would put tax back into the system and give the States an income stream to use on projects. Commence our growing heritage again with organic produce.
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.
It depends on your specific circumstances. I feel that ESS need some form of oversight to ensure that support is in fact consistent.
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?
Our healthcare system is very good and not overly costly given the excellent service we have.
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 feel that euthaniasia and abortion is a very private subject between the individual and their doctor.
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 would support T level courses. Our children should be educated differently to fit in with the world they live in but also taking into account their needs and interests.
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?
Give more funding for staff, training and specialist care.
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.
Islanders should be able to have their say on these matters and it should not just be down to the states to decide.
How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?
The children and their way of learning is more important than just the building they are in. Smaller class sizes are a must whichever model is selected.
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?
Yes, repairing the areas mentioned should come before the seafront. However I do not support the seafront proposals as it is nice as it is.
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"?
If something isn't broken it does not necessarily need fixing but that does not mean that amendments shouldn’t be made if needed or identified.