In February 2019, the Steering Group held a two day workshop with the aim of hearing from stakeholders as to what were the issues and opportunities facing Guernsey's east coast, and, as such, what they believed the priorities of the SEA programme should be. In total, 23 different stakeholder groups, covering a wide range of issues relevant to the SEA programme, submitted written responses and presented to the Steering Group.
These submissions and presentations highlighted to the Steering Group a number of key themes where stakeholders' views were aligned. Using these key themes, the Steering Group developed a number of statements of intent, outlining developments that the Steering Group want to investigate including in the long-term plan. The statements of intent are to:
- Enhance the contribution of Guernsey's retail sector, through development that encourages greater footfall in the main centre inner areas along Guernsey's east coast.
- Provide infrastructure that enables both the effective operation of, and maximises the socio-economic contribution of, the Harbours.
- Enhance the economic contribution of Guernsey's tourist industry through development that focuses on (a) recreational activities, including enhancing Guernsey's culture and leisure offering, (b) providing suitable visitor accommodation, and (c) improving existing transport infrastructure.
- Enhance the contribution of Guernsey's arts sector, through the provision of facilities that enable the creation and display of both local and international arts.
- Support Guernsey's fishing industry through development that provides suitable infrastructure to enable the effective operation of the industry.
- Investigate the potential for Guernsey to become a premier destination for the berthing of superyachts.
- Support Guernsey's cruise industry through development that (a) improves the ease of transferring passengers to and from ships, and (b) enhances the cultural and recreational offer of Guernsey's east coast for cruise passengers.
- Investigate the need for development to meet demand for business premises and housing.
- Undertake development that increases the environmental contribution of Guernsey's east coast.
- Maximise opportunities for the provision of open space along Guernsey's east coast.
- Support Guernsey's leisure boat industry through development that provide suitable infrastructure and facilities that will benefit both local and visiting yachtsmen.
- Undertake development that increases the connection between people and place.
- Address the impact of parking in St Peter Port by relocating the parking away from the surface of the piers, without reducing (a) the number of spaces in the St Peter Port main centre inner area, and (b) the ease of access into the St Peter Port main centre inner area.
- Provide infrastructure that protects Guernsey's east coast from predicted sea level rise over the next century.
- Investigate the potential for Guernsey to increase its production of marine based renewable energy.
- Improve the accessibility of the main centre inner areas along Guernsey's east coast.
- Evaluate movement along the seafront with the aim of creating an appropriate balance of pedestrian and motor vehicle activity in this area.
The Steering Group will now be undertaking research to understand the extent of the options afforded to the SEA programme by each of the statements of intent. In many cases, this research will involve engagement with key stakeholders and with the general public to gather understanding about the issues and opportunities facing Guernsey's east coast.