Sally Pond

1. How important do you feel Alderney’s natural environment is to you personally and what specific measures would you put forward to ensure it is appropriately cared for?
The environment is the most important thing to me. If we don’t take care of our earth and wildlife we are doomed. We are merely custodians of the island at this moment in time. I am fully committed to supporting initiatives to protect and improve Alderney and its wildlife. Through my previous employment as a teacher at the school, I am very aware of the wonderful work (most of it voluntary through sheer commitment) that you undertake on the island.

I would need to see what measures for protecting the environment would be open to me, but I would do everything in my power to keep the island beautiful. Maybe more legislation is needed to formally protect areas. I would like to investigate this further.

2. As a States Member you will have the responsibility for protecting and ensuring the wise use of Alderney’s natural assets. You will also be asked to ensure that the island’s economy and its community as a whole is maintained, and viable. How will you achieve sustainable economic and community development to ensure Alderney’s future and what key goals would you set to achieve this?
Improving the economy and protecting Alderney’s natural assets are not mutually exclusive. I was totally opposed to the FAB link because of the impact on the island via converter stations. I believe the new SIMEC ATLANTiS initiative may be more interesting and the presentation was certainly exciting. However, rest assured the island and it’s wildlife will be top of my agenda and environmental impact of the project will be scrutinised by me if I get in. I would not be so naive as to imagine there would be no environmental impact, and the decision is at what level do we accept it.

I would also like to be involved in encouraging more eco tourism to Alderney. I would also like to see Alderney lead the world in environmental awareness and recycling.