Emergency services base will be named after long-serving politician

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A NEW emergency services headquarters will be named after the late former Home Affairs Minister Len Norman.

His successor, Deputy Gregory Guida, brought the proposition to the States, and, speaking to Members during yesterday’s sitting, he called Mr Norman ‘both a mentor and a friend’. The former Constable of St Clement died in June. He was the longest-serving States Member at the time of his death.

The proposed ambulance and fire-and-rescue headquarters had ‘only been an idea’ when Mr Norman arrived in office, Deputy Guida said. But, he added, it was thanks to his work that ‘we now have a solid project which is budgeted and ready to go’.

It would be ‘fitting’ to honour Mr Norman’s memory by naming the building after him, said Deputy Guida.

‘He found an organisation that matched his style and he was uniquely qualified to lead,’ the Deputy said of his predecessor.

States Members almost unanimously voted in favour of the proposal, with Deputy Mary Le Hegarat voting against.

‘This has nothing to do with Constable Len Norman. I had a lot of respect for him,’ she said. But she added that she was ‘not a supporter of naming buildings or places after people’ or statues.

‘I think there may be a better or a different way that we could honour Len Norman than naming a building after him,’ she said.

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