Jersey Community Partnership, on behalf of those affected by institutional abuse in childhood, has confirmed that the design for the Place to Remember has been submitted for pre-application planning advice.
Following the publication of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, a Citizen’s Panel made a series of recommendations, of which Recommendation One centred on the provision of a memorial as a suitable acknowledgement of what happened.
Over the last year a group of people have worked to identify a suitable space, and design a garden to remember and reflect as well as look forward to a brighter future.
Subject to planning permission (which will be sought next year) the Place to Remember will be situated at La Collette Gardens and will feature a reflective pool and butterfly garden. There will also be a small granite structure upon which the first rays of sunlight will hit each morning. This will be a focal point promoting a sense of hope and brightness, and a reminder that each day is a fresh start.
Cheyenne O’Connor, Outreach Worker for survivors of institutional abuse commented: “Submitting pre-application planning advice is a huge step forward to realising the Place to Remember. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved so far, for their commitment and vision for this very important place. We look forward to receiving planning approval next year.”