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Development Agency


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On Monday 31 January 2022, the Policy and Resources Committee published a policy paper proposing the creation of a Development Agency to plan and deliver the development of Guernsey’s East Coast. Read the policy paper.

The impetus to create a development agency came as a result of a contentious P&R amendment to STSB’s ‘Future Harbours’ proposals in June 2021.

The agency will be independent of the States, but will be overseen by three senior Deputies. It will have three staff, a board of six and seed funding from the States of £1m to cover its first two years.

The proposals for a development agency were debated and agreed at the Wednesday 30 March 2022 States meeting. Voting records on propositions and amendments.

Stuart Falla CBE was appointed as Chair-designate in July 2022 and board recruitment began in November 2022.

In April 2023, P&R informed Deputies that the role and budget of the agency were being cut back while the Development and Planning Authority draws up local planning briefs for the harbours.

Stuart Falla stepped down as Chair-designate in June 2023 and was proposed to be replaced by Peter Watson, one of the three new Board directors. The change of plans and the names of the new directors were published pending States approval. Read the policy paper.

The major decision on Guernsey future harbour requirements will not now happen until the next States term.


Initial media reaction

States to launch development agency to progress harbours (1 Feb, Guernsey Press)
P&R wants a development agency to run Guernsey’s east coast (1 Feb, Bailiwick Express)
Guernsey Party deputies and Chamber welcome east coast plans (1 Feb, Bailiwick Express)
Warm welcome from business groups for east coast agency (2 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Local development agency ‘must look beyond profit’ (18 Feb, Guernsey Press)

Media stories in advance of the debate

Deputy doubts public are fully aware of east coast development debate (15 Mar, Bailiwick Express)
Development agency to be debated with eight amendments (24 Mar, Bailiwick Express)
P&R works with its former president (24 Mar, Guernsey Press)
Deputy wants agency to fall under Freedom of Information Code (24 Mar, Guernsey Press)
‘States of action’ needs to take tough decision (28 Mar, Guernsey Press)
Tunnel vision for Town seafront (29 Mar, Bailiwick Express)
Opinion: Time to decide (29 Mar, Guernsey Press)
Amendment seeks to drive traffic away from seafront (30 Mar, Guernsey Press)
Comment: Fogging the vision for the East Coast (30 Mar, Guernsey Press)

Media analysis after the debate

Podcast: Six-minute States – Day 3 (30 Mar, Guernsey Press)
States approve new development agency (1 Apr, Bailiwick Express)
New development agency tasked with exploring tunnel idea (2 Apr, Guernsey Press)
‘Tunnel not the only option for Town seafront’ (4 Apr, Guernsey Press)
Focus: The East Coast – what did the States actually decide? (5 Apr, Bailiwick Express)
Tunnel idea ‘should be investigated’ (6 Apr, Guernsey Press)
Opinion: Are the ports in a bit of a pickle? (28 Mar 23, Bailiwick Express)
Future of harbours to be left to next States Assembly (7 June 2023, Bailiwick Express)

Board recruitment

Stuart Falla to head up new States development agency (21 Jul, BBC Guernsey)
Talent wanted to guide east coast development plans (8 Nov, Bailiwick Express)

Other reaction

Guernsey Party blog: P&R Policy Letter – Creation of Development Agency (1 Feb)
IoD: Public/Private Partnerships breakfast panel (17 Feb)
Opinion: We can build it but will they come? (Horace Camp, 8 Apr, Guernsey Press)

Previous ‘Future Harbours Development’ debate in *June 2021*

Policy paper and amendments (Item 12 of Propositions and Policy Letters)

Hansard for Thursday 17 June 2021 debate (page 690 onwards)
Hansard for Friday 18 June 2021 continuation (page 765 onwards)

Heated harbours debate in Guernsey States (17 Jun 2021, Island FM)
“Macho man politics” drags down chaotic harbours debate (18 Jun 2021, Bailiwick Express)
Fears that infill of Belle Greve could be back on the agenda (21 Jun 2021, Guernsey Press)
‘Stupid idea’ of Longue Hougue harbour thrown out by deputies (20 June 2021, Guernsey Press)
Preferred harbour plan out of kilter with reality, says CGi (17 June 2021, Guernsey Press)
Non-tidal berths a big plus of Pool marina (11 Jun 2021, Guernsey Press)
‘Marina in the Pool should be a priority’ (9 Jun 2021, Guernsey Press)

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

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Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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