States' Underspending

States' Underspending


I was musing at the impressive growth of my earliest ever asparagus, possibly the only known benefit of climate change, when my mind wandered as to how PF+A had managed to grow despite a fairly obvious lack of capital investment within the construction sector in recent times…and in particular by the States of Guernsey.


In fact, there has been a longstanding requirement for the States to spend 3% of its


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum on capital investment which has only ever been achieved once during the last ten years and amounts to a shocking underspend during this period. Perhaps unsurprisingly the States have decided to resolve this problem by reducing the capital expenditure target to 2% so that they can all sleep more soundly.


However, with this mentality, it begs the question as to how Guernsey will grow its GDP and sustain the level of health and public services we have all come to expect. One way of getting our economy going would be to provide Planning Services with more resources since I have never seen them quite so stressed out with seemingly endless policy issues to untangle and some much-needed provision of guidance notes, particularly on dower units, conversion of redundant buildings, sustainability…etc etc.

 

Unhappily, it’s got to the point whereby the Planning Tribunal system appears to be calling the shots and writing new direction for our Planners. Even then it will be a real challenge to get things moving given the distrust, animosity and populism displayed in our political system…especially prior to an election of a new States.

 

I look forward to sustainable growth but it will be a tough nut to crack.

 



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Having been educated and grown up in Guernsey and developing a passion for technical design work, information technology and an intrigue for building design and history during his GCSE years, Oliver decided to commence his career in 1999 as an Architectural Technologist with Lovell Ozanne one of the largest architectural practices in the Channel Islands,  During those first inspiring 9 years he gained his BTEC HNC qualification increasing his fundamental experience and developing his knowledge base by working on multi-million pound commercial and residential developments including, Mixed Use and Redevelopment Areas (MURA), offices, apartments and industrial units.  

Moving to the States of Guernsey’s Property Services Team in 2008, Oliver was able to learn invaluable working skills and practices, increasing his expanding skillset in tendering and contract administration, whilst having the opportunity to work on public buildings and the differing challenges brought about by these types of projects. These projects encompassed education premises, States buildings with high security requirements, projects at the airport and harbours and fully accessible health facilities.  Full Accessibility audits for the health facilities became a prominent project for Oliver as his career progressed and he carried out a number of audits and reports for substantial business within the Island.

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