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Park 'could cost more than 10m'

Philip Ozouf
Philip Ozouf said Mr Maclean's mistaken vote should stand

It is likely it will cost more than £10m to create a new park in St Helier, Jersey's treasury minister has said.

Last week the States voted in favour of allocating the money for the project, with 24 votes for and 23 against.

The result stood despite Senator Alan Maclean saying he had mistakenly voted in favour of the amendment.

Senator Philip Ozouf said the Council of Ministers wanted to carry out a consultation to find out what the park would be like before agreeing funding.

"All this effectively means is that consultation goes ahead but there's £10m in the bank in order to allow the town park to go forward," he said.

"I suspect it will be the case that the town park is not affordable for £10m."

Speaking about Mr Maclean's mistaken vote, Mr Ozouf told BBC Jersey: "In parliament a vote is a vote and a vote stands.

"But it's not a vote of spending £10m today on a project. It is simply putting £10m aside in an account in order to potentially spend it, which will come back to the States," he added.

Plans to build the Millennium Park in the Gas Place area of St Helier have been under discussion for more than 10 years.

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