The parish system is at the heart of Island life, and it is a tremendous honour to serve as Connétable. It is a role which is crucial for the administration of the Parish, and essential for the representation of its concerns within the States Assembly.

Whilst it is important to respect and maintain our rich heritage, it is also essential for us to consider the future, and to deal with the many challenges faced by individuals, the Parish, and the Island.

It has been a privilege to have been involved for a number of years in a variety of aspects of parish life in St. Martin. I am a Trustee of St. Martin’s Conservation Trust and have served on the St. Martin Battle of Flowers Association and am a former Editor of St. Martin’s Parish magazine – Les Nouvelles de St. Martin, a role which I thoroughly enjoyed as it brought me into contact with so many parishioners and enabled me to showcase St. Martin’s rich diversity.

The Connétable of the Parish must be approachable, a good listener, resourceful, discreet and be willing and able to try to resolve parish issues quickly and efficiently. I will endeavour to complete many of the projects that Connétable Le Troquer has initiated and worked so hard to achieve.

Village plan field 402 houses – 20 first time homes

To ensure that the old primary school complex is successfully redeveloped and provides a community hub: Doctors Surgery, Pharmacy and mini supermarket

Seek to keep the Parish Rate at a level acceptable to parishioners whilst being able to maintain the parish properties and services to a good standard.

Meet with young people to obtain their views on the facilities available to them in the parish and work with them on viable projects.

Refurbish the Parish Depot.

To maintain the Parish finances.

Try to ensure that housing is available to all parishioners.

To ensure that any building / development is sensitively managed.

Address road safety issues in the Parish, in particular issues relating to safer pedestrian routes and speed reduction measures in the relevant areas.

Work closely with all the honorary groups that make our Parish what it is today and support their excellent service to the Parish.

As St. Martin is a rural Parish look into the viability of holding a Farmers Market selling local produce.

Parishes should be a hub for community, we need to channel and extend the phenomenal community spirit that is alive and well in St. Martin.

I am truly honoured to have been entrusted with the role of Connétable and I have been overwhelmed by the support which I have received. I look forward to the challenge and promise to serve to the best of my ability.

Thank you. Karen Shenton Stone