A very successful day at Safeway's. Myself and my daughter covered the first two hours from 0800hrs to 1000 hrs and during that period about 210 people signed the Petition against a Marina. What surprised us was the readiness to sign and the strength of feeling.
We estimated that about 400 people passed us during the above period and we attempted to speak personally to everyone . Obviously we missed a number whilst we were speaking to others and we put that number at about 100. Of the rest approx 30-40 stated that they were in favour of a Marina and the remaining 60 knew little about it or did not want to sign anything.
This roughly calculated puts 70% of the general public against the building of a Marina in St Sampson's Harbour 13% in favour of a marina and 17% don't knows or don't care.
Safeways on a Saturday must form a broad cross-section of the Island public.
The above is only over two hours. The petition was there all day. FINAL COUNT 860
WE VISIT SAFEWAY'S WITH THE PETITION
John Cluett collecting signatures outside Safeway's
Sat 06 October 2001
WE VISIT ALLIANCE WITH THE PETITION
Another very successful visit . Overall numbers for the day was about 575 signing the petition. The percentage signing was estimated again to be around 70% which was very much the same as Safeways. Total volume of people passing through was somewhat lower than Safeways. Peoples attitudes were very similar to the week before and I think some of our Deputies could take a lesson or two in Deputy /Public relations by getting out there and speaking to the People. We certainly learned a lot and it wasn't generally good towards some Deputies attitudes towards their electorate. FINAL COUNT 575
A successful visit but a quieter day. Mostly parents bringing children up for swimming etc.
Some interesting conversations. Quite a number of people said " I hope your starting a petition for Havelet next week". The general feeling appeared totally against using Havelet as a car park.
We thank Beau Sejour for allowing us to run the petition outside their centre