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Summary

  1. Jersey's hospital shouldn't be rebuilt on its existing site, according to a scrutiny panel report
  2. Guernsey's secondary healthcare provider has 'spiralling costs and is not giving people value for money' says report
  3. Man taken to hospital after two-vehicle crash
  4. Former BHS 'likely to be empty until after Christmas'
  5. Updates on Thursday 3 November 2016

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That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Parish 'could be hit with legal costs' over Bellozanne case

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

St Helier constable, Simon Crowcroft, has criticised the infrastructure minister for going to court over a covenant on the Bellozanne incinerator rather than negotiate an agreement with the parish.

Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, went to the Royal Court earlier in the year to have the covenant removed. It was introduced in 1952 and barred the States from charging St Helier residents for processing solid waste at the plant.

Mr Crowcroft said if it loses the appeal the parish is likely to have to pay the States legal costs on top of those of the parish, already at £145,051 for something that could have been negotiated and put to parishioners if Mr Noel had not taken it to court.

Carry On Caravaggio in Jersey

Charlie McArdle

BBC Radio Jersey

Andy Ash is an art lover and was given a challenge "see all of Caravaggio's Work in a limited time". He managed it and has been talking to BBC Radio Jersey's Charlie McArdle about his adventure.

He said it started when he was trying to get away from a noisy hotel room on holiday in Rome and found three in a church.

Mr Ash said this inspired him to see if he could see all 65 paintings in three weeks which involved 28 cities and 54 different museums.

Andy Ash was given a challenge "see all of Caravaggio's Work in a limited time".

Deputy wants talks to rid Vale Avenue of eyesore houses

Guernsey Press

Talks are being lined up in attempts to rid Vale Avenue of derelict home owned by Guernsey Electricity.

Weather in the islands: Keep your umbrella with you

BBC Weather

A quiet night at first, but becoming increasingly cloudy with outbreaks of rain during the latter half of the night.

Milder than last night though. Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather map
BBC

Another cold day on Friday. Wet to start, but with rain largely clearing up by the afternoon, and one or two brighter spells perhaps developing by the end of the day.

Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Big increase in agency social workers employed

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The number of social workers employed from agencies over the course of a year in Jersey has gone up six-fold since 2013, according to figures released by the health minister.

In 2013 the health department employed nine social workers from agencies in addition to the 79 normally employed staff. Up to 30 September this year there were 57 agencies staff on top of the 81 health department social workers.

The cost of employing agency social workers has also increased significantly. The department spent £180,531 in 2013 compared to £1.79m so far this year.

'Selfie weekend' at Jersey Library

BBC Radio Jersey

People are being encouraged to come into Jersey Library over the weekend with their favourite books and take a selfie.

It's part of a UK wide Selfie Weekend through the BBC Love to Read event. 

Senior Librarian Judith Baker said: "Come in with your book, we've got little cards to take a selfie with and we can post that out."

CCTV installed at Fish Quay welcomed

BBC Radio Guernsey

New CCTV cameras installed after a spate of thefts from fishing boats have been welcomed by fishermen.

The cameras at the Fish Quay in Guernsey's St Peter Port Harbrou cost £11,500.

Fisherman Dougal Lane says it is good news as they've been asking for something to be done about security for years.

Fish Quay: Fishing boats tied up to the pontoons
BBC

Parish to appeal against removal of waste covenant

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

St Helier constable, Simon Crowcroft said the parish would appeal a Royal Court decision to remove a covenant on Bellozane that barred the States from charging residents of the island's capital for waste processing.

Bellozanne
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The covenant was imposed when the States purchased parish land in Bellozanne Valley in 1952. Mr Crowcroft said it was long assumed the States would have to negotiate a buy out of the covenant before charging for solid waste.

Minister for Infrastructure Eddie Noel took the issue to the Royal Court earlier this year and the court ruled the covenant was "spent and extinguished".

Vandalised play area to get more equipment

Jersey Evening Post

Extra play equipment is to be added to a park which was damaged by arsonists on Halloween.  

Volunteers needed for Jersey overseas aid visits

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Jersey Overseas Aid Commission wants volunteers for its projects in Rwanda and Nepal next year.

Last April, an earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 and injured more than 21,000.

More than £90,000 was sent by Jersey to help people affected.

Simon Boas from the commission said volunteers did not need any specific skills to sign up.

Plans to scrap OAPs’ high tax allowance are rejected

Guernsey Press

Controversial plans to scrap high tax allowances for over 65s as part of the 2017 Budget were rejected by deputies yesterday.  

Guernsey Christmas lights: Your comments

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BBC Radio Guernsey has been asking people for their views on the decision of St Peter Port parishioners to stop funding the Christmas lights from next year.

There are a range of views from using the Christmas Lottery to pay for the lights to suggestions the government should just fund it.

Rick said: "All islanders benefit from the Christmas lights. It is right that not just St Peter Port residents pay for them. We need a different funding model. I hope that we can find it as the lights are enjoyed by many."

Alison said: "Wow every year they end up asking the public for money. It's Xmas once a year, surly the states can fund it. Maybe they should give up their bonuses and flights and accommodation for their worthless meetings. I bet Jersey don't have this problem every single year!"

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Health minister 'critical' of new hospital report

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Health Minister Senator Andrew Green said he was "very frustrated and concerned" about a report commissioned by health scrutiny panel into the development of a new hospital.

Jersey Hospital
BBC

He said it contained a number of inaccuracies and "draws conclusions based on incomplete information".

The report by Concerto suggested extending and rebuilding the current hospital rather than build a new one elsewhere, which would cause problems for patients and staff.

No hot food at Guernsey Airport

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Passengers waiting for a flight at Guernsey Airport don't have access to any hot food at the moment due to a fault with the ovens in the departure lounge cafe.

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Recovering hoarder speaks out about 'the hidden illness'

Charlie McArdle

BBC Radio Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey's Charlie McArdle met up with Christina who has been working with Triumph Over Phobia to overcome her "hoarders disease" and try to de-clutter her home.

Charlie McArdle speaks to Christina, who is a recovering hoarder

Guernsey Police 'reassuring' islanders about exercise

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are reassuring islanders who may be concerned by armed officers and bomb disposal vehicles in the Castel.

A spokesman says it's part of a routine training exercise taking part across the island this week.

Woman asked to be sent to jail for crimes

Jersey Evening Post

A 53-year-old woman who has had a number of convictions in recent months was sent to prison for three months and two weeks when she appeared for sentencing.

Employees to pay more in social security contributions

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey employees will have to pay more in social security contributions after politicians voted for a 0.5% increase. People will now pay 6.6% of their income.

Deputy Peter Roffey tried to change the contributions system to introduce a personal allowance, but the move was rejected. He says applying social security to a person's whole earnings, with no allowances is regressive.

Members have also voted to increase the state pension by £1.64 per week.

Island Development Plan to be released soon

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

After 18 changes to the draft document a new version of the plan - which outlines land use in Guernsey for the next 10 years - is due to be released shortly.

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Jersey's chief minister discusses 'island needs' with Brexit minister

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's chief minister says the uncertainty over Brexit makes it even more important for the island to keep a good relationship with the UK.

Senator Ian Gorst has just returned from a meeting with Brexit ministers in the UK to discuss the island's needs.

He said: "The challenge for us in Jersey and other Crown Dependencies is to continue engagement, to build positive relationships and to show the UK's interests are best served by protecting the island's interests."

Matt ‘so proud’ to be all-time No. 1

Guernsey Press

Matt Le Tissier admitted that he was ‘honoured’ to have been named as Guernsey’s all-time top sporting star ahead of ‘so many fantastic names’.

Societe Jersiaise buys Norman seal used in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A 'great seal' used by Count de Maulevrier during his occupation of Jersey in the 1460s will go on show at Mont Orgueil after being found in a private collection in France.

Seal
Societe Jersiaise

Neil Molyneux, president of the Societe Jersiaise which purchased the seal for an undisclosed sum, said they did not even know it existed until they were told about it by an expert on Norman history in France.

He said it is very similar to seals used in other areas of Normandy. He said: "It is an important part of our history, it is an important object in its own right and we felt it should be on show in the island."

Migrants getting 'hostile reception' in Normandy

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A freelance BBC reporter living in Normandy has told BBC Radio Jersey migrants who've been moved from the French camp known as the jungle in Calais are getting a hostile reception in Normandy. 

Migrants on bus to Normandy
AP

About 600 had been moved there before the camp was demolished with another 45 in the village of Saint Germain sur Ay close to Jersey. 

Madeline Hill says: "The day after they arrived a group went to the village shop and the lady in the shop refused to serve them. The only cafe in the village has closed so there is very little for them to do so I don't know how long they will be willing to stay."

Thousands of deposits 'protected' in first year of scheme

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Deposits from 3,500 tenants have been protected during the first year of the States approved deposit scheme, according to the housing minister.

The scheme launched on 2 November last year, requiring all landlords and letting agents to place tenants deposits in the mydeposits scheme.

Deputy Anne Pryke said she was "immensely pleased with the response to the scheme".

Jerriais band Badlabecques 'half way' to funding total

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A folk band which sings in Jersey's native language, Jerriais, is half way to their funding goal for a new album a day after launching the crowd funding campaign.

Badlabecques
Badlabecques

Their second album, called Cocolîncheux, features a mix of popular songs re-written in Jerriais and original songs written by the band.

They hope to raise £2,500 so they can have the album ready in March and have already raised £1,336 with 27 days to go.

Guernsey health provider 'hits back' at critical report

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's secondary healthcare provider has hit back at an independent report which claims its contract with the States isn't providing taxpayers with value for money. 

The 2016 Independent Fiscal Policy Review noted the rising cost of secondary healthcare, which is provided by the Medical Specialist Group. 

MSG's Chairman Dr Steve Evans says the health sector has changed a lot over the past decade and there needs to be a realistic and open discussion about what is going to be available to the population of Guernsey as part of a review of services.

Island Development Plan among major items approved

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey States approved three major items during yesterday's meeting: the budget, the Island Development Plan and an increase to the minimum wage. 

The Island Development Plan was arguably the biggest debate. After more than 1,500 submissions from the public, and 18 amendments in the States, deputies finally gave it the go ahead.

It sets out what can and can't be built in the island over the next decade.

Christmas lottery top prize up to £670,000

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The winner of this year's Channel Islands Christmas Lottery is now guaranteed to receive at least £670,000.

The top prize starts at £300,000 but is linked to ticket sales and goes up as more are sold. Last year the top prize was just over £1m.

The draw takes place in Guernsey on Tuesday 12 December.

Norman 'great seal' used in Jersey in 1400s returns to the island

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A 'great seal' used on official documents by Count de Maulevrier during his seven-year occupation of Jersey in the 1400s has been discovered and purchased by the Societe Jersiaise.

Great Seal
Societe Jersiaise

The heritage group found out about the seal, which was in a private collection in France, and felt it should be on show in the island.

Maulevrier was told by French King Louis XI that if he was able to conquer the island he "can have it". He took control of the island and made Mont Orgueil his base in the 1460s. 

This is where the seal is going to be put on display.

Scrutiny boss says 'Waterfront would make better hospital'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Health scrutiny chairman, Deputy Richard Renouf, has criticised the decision to rebuild and extend the existing hospital rather than build a new one somewhere else.

Waterfront
States of Jersey

During a legnthy consultation on the future hospital several sites were put forward including the Waterfront, People's Park and the current site. Ministers opted for the current site but Mr Renouf says that was the wrong decision.

He is pushing the health minister, Senator Andrew Green, to further explain his thinking ahead of a States debate on the issue before the end of this year.

More speed camera training for honorary police

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

After a number of complaints of people speeding in Jersey more of the island's honorary police officers are going to be trained to use speed guns in the hope of catching more drivers.

Speed camera
BBC

Centenier Danny Scaife says at least four extra officers will be monitoring speed limits between now and Christmas, with more being trained to join the team in the new year. 

The move follows concerns last month from residents on Old St John's Road who say motorists are ignoring the speed restrictions.

Allen says goodbye with goal in win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC's record goalscorer Ross Allen found the net in his final home match before leaving the island to go travelling, as the Green Lions beat Chipstead 2-0 in the Isthmian League.

Ross Allen
Fran Torode

Allen's 73rd minute strike added to Marc McGrath's opener after the start of the second half.

"It was a great night to sign off," said Allen, who has scored 225 goals in 211 games for Guernsey FC. "I'm going to miss it incredibly," he added to BBC Radio Guernsey.

Rise in Guernsey's minimum wage 'to save States money'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's minimum wage has gone up to £7.20 an hour, something the Employment and Social Security Committee says will save the government money as it won't have to top up salaries. 

When it comes into effect next year, it will put Guernsey on level-pegging with the UK's re-branded 'National Living Wage'. 

Speaking ahead of the vote, Peter Roffey said it will mean the States no longer has to top-up wages through income support.

Former BHS 'likely to be empty until after Christmas'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Its unlikely that the former BHS site in St Helier will be open again before Christmas, according to the town centre manager. 

BHS
BBC

The shop closed its doors when the national company stopped trading earlier in the year.

The site was bought by UK chain Flannels but town centre manager Daphne East says she doesn't think it will be ready to trade by the festive season.

Weighbridge Petanque terrains get makeover

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Petanque terrains on the Weighbridge in St Helier are being renovated by the Jersey Development Company. This will improve the area for players of the popular lunchtime sport.

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Latest weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

A chilly but bright start to the day with sunny spells. However, clouding over during the afternoon with a risk of the odd shower towards evening. Maximum temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

'Minimal risk to patients' from rebuilding hospital

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's health minister has dismissed claims that rebuilding the hospital in its current location would cause noise and disruption to patients. 

Hospital
States of Jersey

A critical report from a scrutiny panel says that the plans brought before the States aren't suitable - and that other sites would have been a better option. 

Senator Andrew Green says the report is misleading and inaccurate - and that there is minimal risk to patients.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Jersey's hospital shouldn't be rebuilt on its existing site - but should have gone on the Waterfront or the People's Park instead, according to a scrutiny panel report
  • The head of the honorary police in St Helier is interested to know if there's demand for a 20mph speed limit inside the parish ring road
  • Jersey Football is following several county football associations in England and setting up a youth council.

Guernsey

  • Guernsey's secondary healthcare provider has hit back at an independent report which claims its contract with the States isn't giving taxpayers value for money
  • Guernsey Bus Operator, CT Plus, is rejecting claims its drivers are doing more than 10 hours behind the wheel The accusation is doing the rounds on social media where photographs of drivers' time cards are being used to support the argument

Latest travel news for Jersey

BBC Travel

  • Temporary lights on the inner road between First Tower and the West Park roundabout from 09:15 to 15:15 each day Monday to Friday 
  • Temporary Traffic lights on the St Clement Coast road between Green Island and Le Hocq

You can keep up to date with the latest travel news on BBC Radio Jersey and the BBC Travel website.

Jersey Travel
BBC