- Introduce the ability for Parishes to hold mini-referendums on important business which cannot be democratically dealt with at a Parish Assembly.
- Align the elections of Parish roles across the Island to improve awareness and participation in these roles.
- Establish an elected Municipal Council in St Helier with bye-law making powers.
Jersey’s Parish system is an important part of our culture and heritage. We believe that the Constables should no longer automatically serve in the States Assembly. This will provide an opportunity to enhance the role the Parishes play in providing local services and support in their communities.
We will enhance democracy in the Parishes by introducing the ability for Parishes to hold mini-referendums on important business which is not appropriate to be dealt with purely at a meeting on one evening when many residents are not able to attend. We will also align the elections of Parish roles across the Island, to promote greater participation and awareness of Parish affairs.
Lastly, we will establish an elected Municipal Council in St Helier with bye-law making powers. This body will replace the 200-year-old structure currently operating in the Town Hall which is no longer fit for purpose. An elected council will be better placed to lead on the provision of local services to town residents and businesses, promote economic activity and host cultural events. The role of Councillors will be unpaid and directly elected by Parishioners.