Musical protest to proposed ‘Office Town’ finance centre


Hedley Le Maistre is the comic creation of a Jersey musician, prolific a few years ago with songs about roadworks, the island games and even an anthem for the island.

The character played is of a certain type of ‘old Jersey farmer’ from St Ouen with strong opinions on island life, particularly relating to ‘honorary police’, ‘the people of Grouville’ and ‘St Helier’.

Lately the new songs have been few and far between but topical, exploring the big issues of the moment. The latest is on the new Esplanade finance centre.


The site is being developed by government owned Jersey Development Company and will see six office blocks built on what is currently a town centre car park.

There will also be landscaping, trees and an undeground car park.

I make no comments myself on what the site will be, whether it is the right thing for the site or whether it should or shouldn’t be built by a government company – but it is a controversial project.

There will be a protest on Sunday with thousands expected to encircle the car park site ahead of building work – which is due to begin soon.

There is also a petition, signed by more than 1,000 people and several Facebook groups and posts in protest.

Warning: Bad language. Photos by Jersey Development Company showing the proposed development.

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