Notices placed in the newspapers this week have been catching the eye of many Islanders. The Army District Office is inviting local building firms to tender for contracts associated with Jersey’s planned prisoner of war camp.
It has been known for some time that the Lieutenant Governor received instructions soon after the start of the war to prepare facilities for holding enemy prisoners. Now it seems that work will go ahead on land owned by the War Office at Les Blanches Banques in St Ouen’s Bay. While the intention is to pre-fabricate many of the huts in Britain, local contractors will be used to assemble them after arrival. There is also the opportunity to tender for the ground works at the camp, to build the security fence and towers and to construct the ablution blocks and other communal buildings.
There is no word as yet when the camp will be completed or on what date the prisoners are expected to arrive. There is considerable activity at the St Brelade’s site, however, some of which is causing concern with parish authorities.