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Summary

  1. Plans to build 169 homes in Jersey given green light
  2. Lack of health cover 'off-putting' for visitors to Guernsey
  3. Alderney's future 'at risk without urgent political reform'
  4. Woman hospitalised after tunnel crash
  5. Lack of volunteers 'puts marathon at risk'
  6. Appeal for owner of stray tortoise
  7. Updates on Tuesday 13 September 2016

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Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

  • Plans to build 169 homes in Jersey given green light
  • Guernsey residents who fall ill in the UK could have their medical bills covered by the States, under proposals
  • Alderney's future is 'at risk without urgent political reform'
  • The cost of delivering Guernsey's waste strategy is now estimated to be £33m - up from £29.5m
  • Income support scheme 'is failing to achieve its aim of reducing poverty', Jersey politicians told
  • Jersey States offices will be built on a former school site

French politicians to visit islands

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The presidents of the Normandy Region and La Manche will make an official visit to the Channel Islands this week.

After visiting Guernsey on Thursday the delegation will be joined by Guernsey politicians for joint discussions in Jersey on Friday.

It follows a summit last year when the four areas signed a cooperation agreement for projects including higher education, academic exchanges, the environment and tourism.

Alderney civil service 'too small' report finds

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney's civil service is too small to take on the challenges it faces today, let alone those to come in the future - the author of a report has said.

Andrew McDonald led the research team at UCL that produced and independent report into the way the island is governed.

It recommends radical reform if Alderney is to prosper rather than decline and points out the ratio of civil servants to population is much lower than in the island than in Guernsey or Jersey.

Lightning caught on camera off St Peter Port

As storms passed the islands this afternoon John Robilliard caught this shot of lightning off Guernsey's east coast.

Lightning filmed off St Peter Port in Guernsey

Proposed law may help end 'cycle of debt'

BBC Channel Islands News

A proposed new law could allow islanders in a never-ending cycle of debt to have thousands of pounds of debt written off.

Kate Raleigh, manager of Citizens Advice Guernsey, said the proposals offer the right solutions for those who got in this situation through no fault of their own.

"This will affect just the few people who in that really serious situation where there is no hope they are ever going to be able to pay it off," she said

The idea of introducing legislation locally that is equivalent to the UK Low Value Debt Relief Order in respect of personal insolvency is open to consultation until the end of next month.

Park vote to pave way for crack down on dog mess

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Two green areas in Jersey will now be formally recognised as parks, to making it easier for police to crack down on dog mess.

The Moignard gardens in St Lawrence and the Elephant Park in St Brelade will now be classed as parks which means police can be more strict about the way people behave there.

The States agreed the change unanimously.

States is paying £2.23 a bus passenger in subsidy

The full extent of the subsidy of the island’s bus services has been revealed in answers to written questions by Vale deputy Laurie Queripel, the Guernsey Press reports.

Jersey's income support "failing" to reduce poverty

Jersey’s income support scheme "is failing to achieve its aim of reducing poverty", the States has heard.

States meeting sign
BBC

In a statement the panel chairman of the scrutiny panel Deputy Richard Renouf said recent changes to the system, which included cuts of £10m, would increase the pressure on people who rely on it.

"The real value of income support benefits have steadily declined over the years, and now does not reach a significant proportion of people living on low incomes," Deputy Renouf said. He has recommended the chief minister launch a "thorough review" of the scheme.

States offices to be built on former school site

BBC Radio Jersey

States offices will be built on a former school site after Jersey States voted to dismiss an old legal agreement.

Former La Motte St School
BBC

La Motte St School was given to the island for educating children - and had an agreement called a covenant placed on it to keep it that way.

But today the States were told there were no living relatives of the benefactors who might be able to object, and members approved the change by a vote of 40 to three. Two members abstained from the vote.

Government to pay businesses to hire unemployed people

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A government incentive which pays businesses to hire unemployed people is due to return to Jersey in October.

As part of JobsFest - an eight-week initiative which has been running for three years in the island - the States rather than the employer pays the wages and social security contributions for anyone who has been registered as unemployed for six months or more.

Last year over 50 new roles were filled and over 65% of those were kept on by their employer after the incentive ended, the States said.

Calls to replace Guernsey Dairy after two star rating

BBC Radio Guernsey

The current Guernsey Dairy site which received a two out of five star hygiene rating must be replaced by the States, a former minister has said.

Guernsey Dairy
BBC

The States, which owns the dairy, said the low rating in May came from problems with the dairy building which has inadequate ventilation and is more than 60 years old.

Kevin Stewart, the former minster for Commerce and Employment, said: "They've absolutely got to build a new dairy. And that would be the final piece in making sure that we have a sustainable dairy industry for the future."

Ex-Jersey rugby player to face former team

Former Jersey fly-half Aaron Penberthy has signed for Championship club Ealing and could face his old rugby club on Saturday.

Penberthy
Jonathan Huelin

Penberthy left the islanders at the end of last season to join Spanish team Silver Storm El Salvado. 

But, after a brief spell there he has now joined Ealing. Jersey will travel to London this weekend looking to make it three wins out of three this season.

Father ‘sick and tired’ of cemetery standards

A former president of the Friends of Le Foulon is "sick and tired" of what he says is a lack of care with maintenance of the cemetery, the Guernsey Press reports.

Jersey's chief minister offers Brexit reassurements

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Jersey’s chief minister has tried to reassure States members about the island’s future after the UK voted to leave Europe.

EU and Channel Islands flags
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Senator Ian Gorst said ministers are planning meetings with high level government officials as the impacts of Brexit become clearer. 

The UK minister responsible for the Crown Dependencies will visit the island on 10 October and there will be a special briefing for States members later that month.

Scrutiny hearing told waste strategy costs 'rising'

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Guernsey Political Reporter

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Deputy Barry Brehaut, Environment and Infrastructure President, says some States members who turned down two incinerators have "simply passed the buck".

Richard Evans, head of Corporate Services at States Trading, confirmed Jersey wasn't successful in bidding to process Guernsey's waste due to price and contract length. The contract - due to start in 2017 - went to Sweden instead.

Baggage handlers vote for 24-hour strike

Airport baggage handlers and ground staff are set to strike later this month over an ongoing pay dispute, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Former Jersey rugby player could face old club on Saturday

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No 'quick fix' for low voting turnout in Jersey

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The chairman of the committee responsible for democracy in Jersey says he does not have a quick fix to make more people vote - unless the island introduced compulsory voting.

Candidates for the recent senatorial election
BBC

Constable Len Norman was responding to a question from Deputy Montfort Tadier, who was concerned at the low turnout at the recent senatorial by-election.

Last week Sarah Ferguson was elected Senator on a turnout of just over 20%, one of the lowest in the post-war period.

Expand Alderney's civil service, says chamber of commerce vice president

BBC Radio Guernsey

Expanding Alderney's civil service "has to be done", the vice president of the island's chamber of commerce has said.

In a report released today, the Constitution Unit at University College London said the island's civil service was "tiny", describing it as "the most striking example of under-provision that we have seen".

"In Guernsey 4.1% of the population are civil servants, whereas in Alderney its only 1.4%,"  vice president, Nigel Lawrence has said.

Lightning strikes in Jersey

Fears grow that someone is releasing ferrets to kill birds

John Callaway went to the vinery where his birds are kept yesterday morning to find eight of his pheasants had been killed, plus five partridges were missing and he presumed dragged away, the Guernsey Press reports.

Emergency services attend crash

Busy night for Jersey firefighters

Firefighters have had a busy night attending several incidents in Jersey:

  • The first call was for flooding when a pipe burst in an upper floor flat which led to a number of residents being re-homed
  • Firefighters then tackled a bonfire which had got out of control and had spread to the surrounding gorse land. A specialist water carrier was used due to the remote location
  • Crews attended a crash in Grouville which was between two vehicles that had collided at a road junction
  • And in St Helier a young couple had a "lucky escape" when a smoke alarm alerted them to a problem that was traced to the heating element in a water cylinder overheating which caused a fire with in the wiring box

No increase in recycling rates for 16 years, critical environment report finds

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

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Recycling rates have not increased since 2009 when they plateaued at 32%, a report from Jersey's Department of the Environment has found.

The survey has called for "a fundamental review" of how Jersey manages its waste.

The damning report also highlighted other problem areas, including the department's failure to meet its traffic congestion reduction target by a margin of over to 13% and the reduction in water quality in the island.

States to cover UK medical bills for islanders

People from Guernsey who fall ill in the UK will have their medical bills covered by the States, under plans revealed this morning.

Hospital in Cornwall
BBC

Deputy Matt Fallaize from the Committee for Employment and Social Security says the money will come from the existing health insurance scheme and islanders will not have to pay any extra contributions. 

He said people on a low income, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions who face "prohibitively expensive" health insurance costs would "benefit most" from the scheme.

BreakingPlans to build 169 homes in Jersey given green light

BBC Radio Jersey

Nearly 170 new homes are to be built in Jersey after a decision by politicians to reject the proposal was successfully appealed.

The plans for the site behind the Coop Grand Marche in St Helier include building four commercial units, a community facility and almost 200 parking spaces. They were originally rejected by the Planning Applications Panel on the grounds that the site would be overbearing.

But Environment Minister Steve Luce says he has now granted planning permission, in line with recommendations made by an independent inspector from the UK as part of the appeal process.

Court house buying system in Jersey could change

The system of going through court to buy a house in Jersey could be changed, due to the number of deals which fall through at the last minute.

House sale signs in Jersey
BBC

In the States today Deputy Carolyn Labey raised concerns at the way prices can be changed on the day the transaction goes through court - practices known as gazumping or gazundering.

The Assistant Chief Minister Senator Paul Routier said a review was underway into the system, which would come to the States at a later date.

Cyclist and pedestrian path behind schedule

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Work to build a two-mile path for cyclists and pedestrians at St Peter's Valley is at least two weeks behind schedule.

The work is being done in three phases but the path is not due to be finished until November 2017.  However, the first phase is due to be completed at the end of this month.

"It has been quite a long haul to get this far but its in a very difficult place to construct," said Chris Sampson, director of engineering for Jersey States.

Simpson pleased with progress despite loss

Tony Curr

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey squash player Chris Simpson says he's encouraged by how quickly he's got into the new season after making changes to his game over the summer.

The world number 23 reached the final of the Nantes Open last week, before being beaten by home favourite Gregoire Marche.

Chris Simpson representing Guernsey in the Commonwealth Games 2014
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"I’ve worked really hard on my forehand and trying to change a few of the spins I’m putting on the ball. The thing I was most happy about last week was seeing that that’s already coming into my matches in pressure situations."

'Handsome' tabby cat with asthma rehomed after year-long wait

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A two-year-old "handsome" tabby cat who suffered from asthma has been rehomed after arriving at Guernsey's animal shelter nearly a year ago.

Cat
GSPCA

When Louis first arrived at the GSPCA he was very timid and nervous but has since grown more confident and friendly, staff said.

New owner David Pledge said: "He's super happy and has made himself totally at home."

Jersey's weather radar fixed

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Jersey's weather radar has now been fixed after it broke down this morning.

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Damning report into Jersey's environment released

BBC Channel Islands News

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The Department of the Environment has published a report on the condition of Jersey’s environment and future priorities.

It highlights some serious problems, including the department's failure to meet its own traffic reduction target by a margin of over 13%.

The report found that water quality levels had also fallen.

Cost of Guernsey healthcare will 'put off' visitors

BBC Radio Guernsey

A man who was visiting family in Guernsey when he fell ill says the cost of local health care is going to "put people off" visiting the island.

Hospital signs
BBC

Terry Wright, who visited A&E in the island, was able to get a cheaper course of medication thanks to his healthcare insurance but said the one he was initially prescribed was extortionate.

"We were talking about £750, getting on towards £800 for one 10-minute visit. It seems a pity really," he said.

Woman hospitalised after tunnel crash

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A woman has been taken to hospital after her car crashed into another in the tunnel in St Helier in Jersey this morning.

Police said the driver has been warned she will be called before the parish hall for an inquiry into the crash.

The tunnel was not closed, but one lane was shut, causing delays. The road is now clear and open, police said.

Gift shop couple retire as their lease comes to an end

Garnhams Gift Shop will close at the end of the month following 17 years of business, with the owners saying they would retire with "a lot of good memories", the Guernsey Press reports.

Residents evacuated after burst pipe floods flats

BBC Radio Jersey

Residents of three flats had to be re-homed overnight after a burst pipe flooded the flats and damaged the electrics.

Fire crews were called to the flat on Midvale Road in St Helier just before 18:00.

Due to the damage to the electrics the three occupants of the flats were not allowed to return last night. Their landlord found them alternative accommodation for the night.

Appeal for owner of stray tortoise

An appeal has been launched for the owner of a stray tortoise found in Guernsey.

Tortoise
GSPCA

The GSPCA team, who have named him "Micky", said he was found near the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on Friday and appeared to be in good health.

"If you own a tortoise please do check he is in the garden. With this warm weather, make sure your garden is secure as they do tend to wander given the chance at this time of year," Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said.

Jersey census likely to be held in 2020

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Jersey is likely to hold its next census in 2020, the States have heard.

Jersey high street
BBC

In question time this morning, the chief minister told the house that four years time would be a suitable date to ask questions about the lives of people living in the island.

However, Deputy Jeff Southern raised concerns that there would not be enough staff in the statistics unit to do the work, following proposed cuts to the department in the latest States spending plan.