Thursday, 26 June 2008

Maufant shop to close

A bit of a loss to the local community, the rStore at Maufant is closing. This means even more car journeys for shoppers. Why do hotels and shops get permission for Change Of Use when it affects the community so much? I can see that landowners will believe they have a right to do whatever they want with their land, sell the family silver and lose an asset for the sake of a one-off gain when selling their land for housing - but if farmers can't do what they want with their land and sell their fields in the Green Zone because the community doesn't want to lose the open land, then we've established a principle and I have to ask why do we allow beneficial facilities to disappear like this?

Here's a Crapaudvision video of a drive around the place.

As more and more of this happens (left to unchecked market forces), we will end up with fewer and fewer ( but larger) stores, to the detriment of everyone but company shareholders. People are forced to travel long distances to buy food, with the similar negative consequences as out-of-town shopping centers that kill off town centers. Will we take action before the entire island ends up as almost entirely housing, with no pubs, restaurants, hotels or shops save for a few in designated areas? That's the logical conclusion, because so many owners seem to prefer to sell land for housing rather than run a business or receive rental income. So much has been lost around the island in the last two decades - it saddens me and I hate to think how much more will go.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nobody wants stupid shops that can't pay their way.
IF PEOPLE CAN'T AFFOED TO LIVE IN JERSEY AND ARE TOO STUPID TO WORK FOR FINANCE THEY SHOULD F*** OFF!!!

Seek help! said...

If everyone worked for Finance (and all mothers, the elderly and infirm too?!!) then where would you buy your booze, pot noodles, naff clothes, and medication?

Thanks again for another giggle!

Anonymous said...

Dear "IF PEOPLE CAN'T AFFOED TO LIVE IN JERSEY AND ARE TOO STUPID TO WORK FOR FINANCE THEY SHOULD F*** OFF!!!"

Can't afford to live in Jersey

Work in finance

Fcuk off!!!

Moron...

Davros Le Sueur said...

Did you know that the old Liberation Square tourist office is going to be a "Noodle Bar"?

A Holiday In The Sun said...

Oh dear, this sad little troll has been busy wandering around the blogs today. Maybe he should do himself a favour and make his next stop dictionary.com....

crapaudmatic said...

a) I couldn't decide whether to publish or reject these comments. In the end, I decided :
* that I don't like censorship
* if in doubt, do nowt
* I want to show people that you're not wasting your time sending a comment because I'll publish almost anything
* idiots only show themselves up

b) Thanks DLS, no I hadn't heard anything definite. Another great States foul-up, that one! And the new one was developed with some sort of company like "Hard court" something or other? Hmmmm :)

c) Hi AHITS, yes it's sad, but at least it keeps him off the streets (or writing letters to the JEP!) :o)

A Holiday In The Sun said...

Davros, apparently the old Tourism office is earmarked for one of the Waggamamma chain. Just what that prime site needed eh?