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MarkB. And what I was getting at in my original post is that there is no point having a go at the current deputies for all the capital projects that now need to be addressed when so often they are a result of poor planning years ago. And in several cases the public could have been more pro-active in making sure sensible decisions were being made. SPP harbour is our busiest and most important port so it stands to reason that it will need occasional hefty investments to keep it current and fit for 21stC usage. Kerbside recycling might not have been commonplace 30 years ago, but recycling certainly was. Every adult in the island could have worked out that on an island of finite size, you can't expect to go on increasing waste generation ad infinitum without eventually hitting a brick wall. And yet most people seemed quite happy to increase the amount of waste they put out year on year without giving it any thought. When I returned to Guernsey in the early noughties I was amazed that there were no attempts to ask me to minimise the amount of waste I created. No attempts to make the retailers responsible or even aware of the waste they imported into the island. Everyone I asked or questioned about it made it clear that it wasn't something that they had even thought about. Obviously with that attitude you are storing up costs for later. And transport is the same. Everyone 'wants' to drive everywhere but precious few are willing to consider the eventual costs and problems that that will result in. Which ever group of Deputies that will have to sort out that hornets nest will be accused of being 'the worst states ever' when in reality we are all guilty of creating a problem through lack of long-term thinking. I do agree tho' that it is an obvious assumption that both harbour and airports should be receiving adequate maintenance. Not however the fault of the current deputies that it was not.