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Deputy Ogier takes lead on Guernsey waste

Scott Ogier
Deputy Ogier will take the lead on bringing forward a new waste strategy

Deputy Scott Ogier will take the lead role in bringing forward a new strategy for dealing with Guernsey's waste.

The Public Services deputy minister was given the task after last week's States decision to bin plans for a waste-to-energy plant at Longue Hougue.

Deputy Ogier will chair the Waste Disposal Authority which deals specifically with issues relating to waste management.

He will also chair the Waste Industry Forum working with waste contractors.

Minister Deputy Bernard Flouquet said Deputy Ogier was ideally placed to lead and the move reflected the priority being given to the matter.

He said: "There is a lot to do in bringing forward a new strategy and we are working from a clean sheet. No-one should underestimate the task in hand."

Pressing issue

Deputy Flouquet said the department has a wide mandate, which includes the airport and harbours, Guernsey Water, roads, and sewage disposal.

He said the solid waste strategy was a pressing issue and a priority but it was not its only responsibility.

Other current major projects include the Guernsey Airport runway redevelopment and the replacement of the St Peter Port harbour cranes.

In 2004 it was the newly elected Deputy Ogier that delayed the building of the £72m energy-from-waste facility after winning a vote in the States suggesting that the plant was too big for the island.

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