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WWII features given Protected Building status at Jerbourg

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Thursday 09 February 2023

The Development & Planning Authority (DPA) has designated the German Naval Batterie Strassburg at Jerbourg as a Grade A Protected Building to preserve an important part of Guernsey's history.

Batterie Strassburg is made up of 64 World War Two features, a part of what later became known as Hitler's Atlantic Wall.

The DPA made the decision following a recommendation by officers with help from Festung Guernsey.

The features, which are situated across private and public land, include the command post which is visible at the far end of the car park at Jerbourg point, together with 22cm field gun positions, machine gun posts, ammunition, personnel and observations bunkers.

Islanders who have these features on their land have been notified in writing.

Deputy Victoria Oliver, President of the DPA, said:

"I'd like to express my gratitude to Festung Guernsey for the specialist support they have offered in surveying and researching the features that form this historic structure. Although there is special interest in each of these individual features, when they are considered collectively as the naval battery, the high level of special interest becomes even more apparent.

"Part of the DPA's role is to protect and preserve our island's heritage, look, feel and culture, of which the German occupation and the associated structures form a significant part. Designating these as a Grade A Protected Building offers the protection that a site of this significance deserves."

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