Guernsey Parish and States relationship defined

A charter will be drawn up to define the relationship between the States of Guernsey and the island's parishes.

It was one of a number of changes to the parish that deputies voted through.

The changes followed recommendations by the Parochial Legislation Working Party and included repealing laws that were more than 100 years old.

The role of the douzaine and its relevance and significance to the parish in modern day island life has been debated since 2004.

Before then parish representatives joined deputies in sitting in the States and voting on island-wide issues.

The changes included the doubling of dog tax, which is collected by the parish, to £10 per pet and the clarification of rules regarding hedge cutting and the cleaning of streams, which are inspected by the douzaine.

It was also decided that parish representatives would lose their out-dated roles of "sanitary inspector" and "competent rat authority".

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