St Helier is the hub of economic and social activity in Jersey. Ensuring that the Island's capital achieves its potential as a place to live, work and visit is key to Jersey's future economic, environmental and social ambitions.
Medium-term focus: the Government Plan 2020-23
A Government Plan 2020-23 commitment is to invest in improvements to the St Helier urban environment, such as enhancements to the public realm, improved accessibility, tree planting, and access to high quality open spaces.
St Helier is home to over a third of Jersey's population - including nearly one in three children.
Making the best possible use of the capacity in St Helier, as well as other existing built-up areas, to accommodate new development, is key to protecting the unique beauty and biodiversity of Jersey's natural environment. It also presents a pivotal opportunity to make a difference for Town residents, and drive a fundamental shift in perceptions and experience of urban living.
This indicator helps explore the fundamental question - does regeneration of St Helier improve satisfaction with Town as a place to live amongst its residents? The look and feel of Town won't change quickly, but the indicator provides a benchmark against which progress can be measured over time. It should also provide analysis of what shapes perceptions, and the impact of other indicators, such as community safety, and satisfaction with housing, cultural and sporting facilities, and neighbourhoods.
The town of St Helier is the engine of Jersey’s economy and, for most of us, the place where we work, live or socialise. Ensuring that Jersey has a high quality town to complement our outstanding natural environment is a sound long-term investment. We need to ensure that St Helier and its environs is a liveable town, offering pleasant and stimulating public places for people to pass through and visit; that it is a social town, with inclusive places for community and cultural activities and for people to meet; and an economically vibrant town, where local business is well-connected to its customers.
St Helier is home to over a third of Jersey's population and the focus of the Island's night time economy with about 90 pubs and night clubs. On a busy evening weekend, up to 4,000 people will be out and about in the town centre. Over the course of a year, that equates to hundreds of thousands of people enjoying St Helier’s night life. Ensuring the safety of residents and visitors alike promotes the appeal of the town as a place to live and visit.