THERE is to be a contested Constable election in St Helier.
Constable Simon Crowcroft has held the position since 2001 but is to face a challenge from electrician and business director Mark Le Chevalier.
Mr Le Chevalier said: ‘I am a true Jerseyman and was born in St Helier where I currently reside with my wife and two children. I am an electrician by trade and the owner and director of two successful businesses.
‘Through the nature of my work, I regularly encounter parishioners’ points of views regarding parish matters and this has influenced me to stand for Constable of St Helier. I want to be in a role where I can act on people’s concerns whilst endorsing my own qualities, skill-sets and values. I will not be joining a political party as I believe the Constable should remain independent.’
He added that if elected he would ‘focus on disability access and awareness’ and increasing the amount of ‘activities and social areas for youngsters within the parish’.
‘I think one of the biggest problems that the parish currently faces is parking,’ he said.
‘Although I support a green environment, there is a realistic requirement for parking which needs to be rebalanced.
‘I would potentially like to see a new environmentally friendly car-park built on the outskirts of St Helier that would offer a park-and-ride scheme to the public. As well as addressing traffic congestion, I endeavour to open Broad Street which is a central artery to accessing the town centre.
‘Green spaces are important and contribute to the mental wellbeing of Islanders. I think by utilising our green spaces to their full potential it will encourage more people to use them.’