La Folie Quay & Buildings – Seeking a Way Forward
Ports of Jersey has gathered views and opinions from islanders together with expressions of interest from prospective business partners in relation to proposals for the future development of La Folie Quay and its associated outbuildings.
The historical waterfront quay, which is located between the old English and French Harbours on the south east coast of St Helier has fallen into disrepair over the years. La Folie Inn, which closed in 2004 as a consequence of a fall in business, remains derelict and while some of the adjacent buildings and sheds are currently being used for a mix of trades and other purposes, many are in need of maintenance and are not commercially sustainable in the long-term.
In 2014, when the 'Case for Incorporation' of Ports of Jersey was put forward for public consultation and subsequent States Assembly approval, an outline concept for possible future uses of La Folie was commissioned, which included the suggestion of developing retail units, heritage holiday lets and a bar/restaurant. However, this was just one suggestion, which was intended to demonstrate possible options available whilst acting as inspiration for further ideas and views.
Following its incorporation in October 2015, Ports of Jersey committed to exploring the potential development opportunities for La Folie and in recognising the considerable public interest in the site, is seeking suggestions, proposals and ideas from both residents and potential business partners.
On behalf of Ports of Jersey, James Morris commented, "La Folie is a much loved site, often attracting strong views and opinions. Consequently, while the aim is to develop a commercially viable proposition, we wish to ensure that any proposals reflect the heritage and maritime nature of the site, recognising the considerable public affection in which La Folie is held. Therefore, we are seeking views and ideas from anyone with an interest in the site and in particular we'd like to hear from prospective business partners who may have proposals regarding how the site could be used in the future".
While some suggestions as to future development proposals have already been disregarded, including a proposition to develop the site into residential housing and flats which was rejected in 2011, no clear future plans have been identified.
Mr Morris continues, "We have held informal talks with a number of business partners and have also held initial meetings with the current tenants, and with politicians and heritage groups, updating them on our proposals and we will continue to do so as the project progresses".
Any businesses interested in discussing future commercial opportunities or potential uses should, in the first instance, email firstname.lastname@example.org
All public comments and business propositions will be reviewed and where appropriate, more detailed assessments will be undertaken before any decision is made as to the best course of action.