Forest Shed to Stay Up

August 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm. General News.

 

 

 

               Smallholders can keep shed in Forest

 

Congratulations to the Tribunal committee ruling in favour of Jonathon & Julia Le Moignan, so that common sense won the day.

I would also add that I have great sympathy for the Environment planning officers, who I believe have to put an opposition case which they themselves do not agree with and it is time their political masters showed some Guernsey logic.

One thing that the Chairman Stuart Fell expressed about views from States agricultural and environment adviser as witness does concerns me.

“The tribunal formed the view that the strict application of Dr. Andrew Casebows guidance on storage would tend to discourage small-scale growing of the sort being undertaken by the appellents, with the risk of small parcels of agricultural land falling into disuse.”

It must be stated that views held by Dr. Casebow as adviser for Environment and Commerce and Employment are theirs and not the views of the Agricultural Industry in general.

They represent only the Dairy Industry (milk producers), but not agriculture small and large scale or Horticulture.

Growing Local

 

Since I come from a farming family it is important to maintain our Guernsey cows and all that goes with it, but there is the other part of agriculture which is important as well.

I have met with  the Milk Review committee, Sub-group Guernsey Tomorrow committee in the last 6 months and my views have also been put to the agricultural adviser on a number of occasions.

 The Milk review Committee
 My opinion on the importance Diary Farming was be put as simply as this.

When I drink Guernsey milk or have any of the other products and close my eyes with the lovely taste and smell. I see my Heritage, my history; I see green fields with cows grazing, haymaking, silage, tractors ploughing and much more.
We must never lose this.

For numerous reasons the growing has shrunk to a very small industry with only a hand full of large growers and it is importance to foster and help what is left to try and keep some self sufficiency for this Island.

We have now gone back 40 years, were we now have small holding trying to set up again and with very little if any support.

I was asked. What can be done with redundant vineries?

It of course there is a very large cost to clear these sites, but if they are not to near to residential areas, they could be used if large enough for several mixed small holdings or allotments. There could even be Co- Operatives set up to help with supplies, sales, advice and labour exchanges.

The question of sheds and agricultural land came up.

On the smaller allotments a box for tools meets all the requirements, but larger ones needing machinery do need a shed. My suggestion was to look at every site individually with advice of the douzaines with their local knowledge and if a shed was needed to give a license for 1 to 3 years, with certain use conditions.

The Environment, Commerce & Employment and Adviser.
These properly represent their committee member’s views, rather than the industries in general and the adviser’s views are not independent, but are the committees.

 Burning good Guernsey beef at a cost of £750,000 is something I have repeatedly told them is wrong (had to get that one in) and being the only place in the world is another reason why we should not.

In Jersey “Red sky at night, Guernsey is burning” has been replaced by “Red sky at night, donkeys are burning their beef.”

I also hope that the Quiness Book of Records does not put us in, for the only place that has burnt £7,500,000 in the last 10 years. It is a mention we do not want.

The question of what constitutes an agricultural field is another one that I believe now should be looked at more closely and some more lateral thinking in some cases.

You can have 20 vergees in Guernsey ( not the case in Jersey) in mowed lawns or planted trees and you are not breaking the law.

In the case of the agricultural field of Jonathon & Julia Le Moignan?

This is the kind of area of land that should be looked at on merit and not in my opinion be classed as agricultural land. It is an area that is not good land is walled and too small for modern day large scale farming or growing.

I believe each area when it is wanted for a small holding should be looked and if itmeets the right criteria and should be allowed a temporary use license for a certain size shed if needed.

I hope that this common sense ruling will now enable small holders to prosper and grow more and help with self sufficiency.
Dave Gorvel

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