This Requête promotes good governance and would facilitate better government in relation to this issue.
Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher explains the upcoming runway requête:
Without the benefit analysis there would not be sufficient data to make a case either for or against a runway extension. The requête is brought by Deputies: Jan Kuttelwascher, Peter Ferbrache, Jeremy Smithies, Joseph Mooney, Marc Leadbeater, Jennifer Merrett and Victoria Oliver
Jan will be live on BBC Guernsey at about 7:50 26/11/19 discussing this.
The Institute of Directors (IoD), the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce and the Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA) support the requête but are not supportive of the proposed delaying sursis by Deputies St Pier and Trott:
Here’s the Requête:
THE STATES OF DELIBERATION
ISLAND OF GUERNSEY
DEVELOPMENT OF THE BUSINESS CASE AND COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE RUNWAY AT GUERNSEY AIPORT TO CREATE A 1,700 METRE RUNWAY
THE HUMBLE PETITION of the undersigned Members of the States of Deliberation SHEWETH THAT:
At their meeting on 13th December, 2018 the States of Deliberation resolved as follows –
“1. To approve the Core Strategic Objectives, Critical Success Factors and Investment Objectives as set out in Appendix 1 of the policy letter.
2. To note that the Core Strategic Objectives, Critical Success Factors and Investment Objectives as approved by the States will be taken forward and used to assess the cost/benefit evaluation of options that will be put forward for further investment to secure, improve and optimise the Bailiwick’s air and sea links.”1
Paragraph 6.1 of the policy letter stated:
“The work currently being commissioned by the Policy & Resources Committee will result in detailed cost/benefit analysis of the different options for air and sea link infrastructure and future policy development. The Investment Objectives set out in this policy letter will be used as a framework for this analysis in order to assess which options would best meet the Investment Objectives.”
On 26th April, 2019 the States of Deliberation agreed the following Resolution –
“1 (a) TO NEGATIVE THE PROPOSITION to agree that no further work is carried out to assess the business case for extending the airport runway outside its current boundaries given the other options available for meeting Guernsey’s air links objectives including the work of the States’ Trading Supervisory Board investigation to examine the possibility of commissioning 107 metres of starter strip/paved runway end safety area (“RESA”) to increase the current available runway length from 1463 metres to 1570 for take-off and landing on RW09 and landing on RW27.”2
Your Petitioners recognise that the work undertaken by the States’ Trading Supervisory Board has now concluded, and at their meeting on 26th September, 2019 the States of Deliberation resolved as follows:
“1. To approve that no further work is carried out to assess the option to extend the airport useable runway within the current airport boundary by reducing the Runway End Safety Area, at the eastern end of the runway, in accordance with the Director of Civil Aviation’s formal advice.”3
In the current circumstances your Petitioners believe that there is merit in the Committee for Economic Development meeting the Resolution of December 2018 and progressing with work to develop the business case and cost benefit analysis of an extension of the runway at Guernsey Airport to achieve a length of 1,700m.
THESE PREMISES CONSIDERED, YOUR PETITIONERS humbly pray that the States may be pleased to resolve:
To direct the Committee for Economic Development to present a business case and cost benefit analysis for the extension of the runway at Guernsey Airport to achieve a length of at least 1,700m.
To agree that this work should be completed by May 2020.
To direct the Policy and Resources Committee to make available the necessary funds to carry out this work, should they be required, to not exceed £360,000.
AND YOUR PETITIONERS WILL EVER PRAY
This 6th day of October 2019
1 See item 19 (P.2018/133) on Billet d’État No. XXVII of 2018.
2 See item 4 (P.2019/21) on Billet d’État No. VII of 2019
3 See item 17 (P.2019/73) on Billet d’État No. XVIII (Vol. 2) of 2019