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Summary

  1. Condor review published
  2. - 'No requirement to replace Liberation'
  3. - Condor Rapide 'most reliable' vessel
  4. - No plans to increase size of fleet
  5. Care inquiry report not to be published this year
  6. Public inquiry into Tamba Park expansion
  7. Boat washed ashore in storm removed from beach
  8. In Jersey, gusts of 74mph hit the island last night and in Guernsey, gusts of 57mph were recorded
  9. No reports of severe damage from the storm
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it from the Local Live team today, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather news.

Don't forget, BBC One is the place to be for all the latest headlines at 18:30 with BBC Channel Islands News.

Focus on sea links: Passenger numbers

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

We've discussed ferries at length today with the release of the Condor service review.

The review described 2015 as a "difficult" year filled with "disruption" and overall the total number of journeys taken via all ferries to or from Guernsey fell by 7% compared to 2014.

While it could be seen as a sizable fall it is still a busier year than half of the previous 10.

Graph showing sea passenger figures
BBC

Cruise charge ‘not too high’

Guernsey Press

New security charges for cruise ship passengers who come ashore in Guernsey will act as extra income for the harbour, the harbour master has said.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at the weather for this evening.

The wind has died down a fair bit in Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

And there are no gale-force winds in Guernsey tonight either...

Weather chart
BBC

Public inquiry is called over Tamba Park plans

Jersey Evening Post

Proposals to expand operations at Tamba Park are to be scrutinised at a public inquiry, as they deviate from Island planning policy, the Environment Minister has said.

Focus on sea links: Freight

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A lot of focus today has been on passengers, but Condor Ferries is part of the island's key freight network.

Last year the amount of freight imported fell by 8% compared to 2014, while the amount of exported rose by 22%.

Data pic including photo of the Huelin Dispatch
BBC

Condor Review: Why are people travelling?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

As part of their review, this bar chart shows the reasons people used Condor on different routes.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, an overwhelming majority of people travelling to France were going on holiday, but most people going from the Channel Islands to the UK were visiting friends and family.

Graph
Condor Ferries

Surge in interest in new finance centre

Jersey Evening Post

A financial services firm has signed a deal to take over half of the next finance centre building – as developers say they have seen a ‘massive spike’ in interest following the Brexit vote.

Condor's services: What passengers said

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Were you one of the 12,239 people interviewed for the Condor passenger survey?

Or among the 609 who responded by post or 11,631 who did it online?

Well the survey carried out in 2015/16 found:

  • Improvements are needed in the pre-boarding experience – providing clearer information 
  • The information needs to be knowledgeable, honest and helpful especially when disruptions occur
  • Keeping passengers regularly informed of any delays in a clear and timely manner will help manage passenger expectations
  • Ensuring the boarding process is as streamlined as possible
  • Providing information and a wider variety of content to information screens on board
  • Allowing passengers the ability to choose their seat on board

So the survey says - improving communication is the biggest issue.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • A Jersey spokesperson for the NSPCC says the delay in the release of the Jersey Care Inquiry will be frustrating for many people on the island
  • A report on the services by Condor Ferries says the Channel Islands' governments should either sign a new agreement or be prepared to help fund a new freight and passenger ferry
  • Officials in Jersey claim that fining people for driving too fast in Jersey isn't working - and people need to face losing their licences instead

Guernsey

  • The president of Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development says the Condor review is a useful basis for further discussions but it doesn't solve the fundamental problem of consumer confidence
  • Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in the Castel where a 12-year-old boy was intimidated on his way to school
  • Herm's general manager says he hopes the island can recover from the loss of key pre-Christmas shopping days

Condor Review: Deputy Peter Ferbrache's wishlist

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Are you having a hard time figuring out what to get Deputy Peter Ferbrache for Christmas?

Well I've managed to find out what Guernsey's president of Economic Development has put at the top of his Condor wishlist:

  1. A second vessel for the northern route (Poole)
  2. A replacement for the Rapide (that's due to happen in 2021 anyway)
  3. For Condor to talk and listen to passengers and government more, including around schedules, routes and levels of service
Christmas presents
BBC

I'm like one of Santa's elves.

Dog trainer wants to save Mr Bronx

Jersey Evening Post

A dog trainer who presented her own show on Channel 4 has joined the fight to save a dog after a court ruled it was a pitbull – leaving its future in the balance.

Not something you see every day...

BBC Channel Islands News

Here it is, the yacht damaged during the stormy weather being craned over the sea wall!

What would you change about Condor Ferries?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

This one's pretty self-explanatory really.

It's a survey from part of Condor's Comprehensive Service Review, "If you could change one thing about the Channel Islands ferry services what would it be?"

Graph
Condor Ferries

The overwhelming favourite - of the options offered - was to buy another conventional ferry so that overnight services to the UK can be run in both directions.

Jersey rider wins two awards

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Congratulations to Jersey rider Amy Schiessl who won two awards at the British Dressage National Convention.

She won:

  • The Pablo Picasso Trophy - awarded to the highest placed British Young Rider in the team test at the European Championships which were held this year in Oliva, Spain
  • The Graduate Trophy - presented to the rider in their last year of U21s who, in the Selectors’ opinion, has made the most progress in 2016
Amy Schiessl
Amy Schiessl

Condor Rapide 'most reliable and punctual ship' in fleet

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The most reliable and punctual ferry in the Condor fleet is the Rapide, according to figures released in the ferry operator's Comprehensive Service Review.

  • The Condor Rapide's reliability rating is 98%
  • The Condor Rapide's punctuality rating is 92% 
Condor Rapide and Commodore Clipper
BBC

For comparison the punctuality of the Condor Liberation was 82% in 2015, and 87% in 2016.

We're not out of the woods yet...

BBC Weather

The Jersey Met Office have issued a wind warning for the Channel Island area, but nothing like the speeds we've faced over the last few nights... 

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Longue Hougue reopens

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Longue Hougue Recycling Facility has now reopened after parts of the covered area were damaged in the storms over the past few days.

Items that require dry storage will now be contained in containers, and won't be available to take away until a replacement for the covered area is reinstated.

Condor suggests agreement extension for new ferry

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey

A report on the services provided by Condor Ferries says the Channel Islands' governments should either sign a new agreement or be prepared to help fund a new freight and passenger ferry.

It also concludes current market conditions mean there should only be one fast ferry between the UK and Channel Islands.

Liberation
BBC

It also explains the justification for the single Liberation fast ferry on the northern route, and says competition from air travel, fewer visitors and falling freight capacity make any changes to the current fleet difficult to justify.

It does say, however, that if the freight-only vessel, Commodore Goodwill, was replaced with a mixed freight and passenger vessel then it would need an extension to the current service agreement with both islands or an operational subsidy.

Commonwealth Baton Relay route announced

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

I've got some dates for your diary.

  • Saturday 9 September 2017 - baton relay is in Guernsey
  • Wednesday 13 September 2017 - baton relay is in Jersey

This is of course the Queen's Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in Australia.

It starts on Monday 13 March 2017, and covers 230,000km in 388 days.

Route Map
GC2018 Baton Relay

Low-flying aircraft over Guernsey Airport

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Mind your head...

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'We can not tell people there's confidence in the route'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development says the Condor review is a useful basis for further discussions but it doesn't solve the fundamental problem of consumer confidence.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache says he'll be joining his Jersey counterparts in more talks with the ferry operator but adds there's a long way to go - especially when it comes to the Poole route.

We can not tell the people of the Channel Islands - and I'm particularly concerned about the people of the Bailiwick of Guernsey - that there is confidence in the route, because it has been adversely affected particularly due to concerns about the Condor Liberation."

Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident of the Committee for Economic Development

Boat being craned over sea wall

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A crane is about to lift this boat off the beach and over the sea wall at Belle Greve.

It's going to cause a bit of an obstruction at what is a fairly busy junction.

It might look quite cool though.

A boat on the beach
BBC

Condor review 'must be catalyst'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey’s minister for economic development says the review into Condor's services "must be a catalyst for discussion".

The report has stated that there are no plans to replace the Liberation, but that day trip services between Guernsey and Jersey are not yet satisfactory.

This review must be the catalyst that instigates detailed discussions between all parties on the basis for future investment in ferry services to and from the islands. I remain committed to working with all interested parties to ensure the delivery of reliable, sustainable and affordable ferry services that are so vital to our community and our economy."

Senator Lyndon FarnhamMinister for Economic Development
Condor Liberation
Condor Ferries

Domestic abuse unit ‘needs Portuguese speaker’

Jersey Evening Post

A service which supports the victims of domestic violence should recruit a Portuguese speaker, the head of the States police’s Public Protection Unit has said.

Condor Review: What does it say?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

  • The Condor Liberation will not be replaced before it's scheduled date in 2035
  • The Condor Rapide is due to be replaced in 2021
  • The Commodore Goodwill is due to be replaced in 2030, possibly with a capacity to take passengers as well as freight
  • The Condor Rapide is the firm's most punctual and reliable ship
  • A survey revealed - from a selection of options - that the change passengers want to see is the addition of a second conventional ferry to run overnight to and from the UK
  • Most people travelling to France were going on holiday, while those travelling to the UK were visiting family
  • Condor says its happy with performance on all "critical areas", including safety and reliability
Condor signage
BBC

Points system possible for speeding motorists

BBC Radio Jersey

There could soon be a licensing points system to punish drivers who speed in Jersey.

Philip Blake of Jersey's road safety panel says the authorities are getting increasingly frustrated by speeding motorists - and fines don't seem to be deterring them.

At the beginning of road safety week, he believes points are the only way to persuade people to slow down.

It's that threat of losing your licence that actually has the impact. People value their licence, they value the independence they have from driving their car. We believe that if regular speeders or mobile phone users are regularly caught, that threat of losing your licence is ultimately going to change behaviour."

Philip BlakeRoad Safety Panel

Condor Rapide to be replaced in 2021

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Condor Rapide, which currently runs the St Malo route, is due to be replaced in 2021.

The company wants the fleet to become more flexible and able to deal with disruption so that ships can "effectively deputise for one another".

When selecting the replacement ship, Condor should bear in mind the desirability of flexibility across routes and between sectors (i.e. North and South, passenger and freight)."

Condor Review
Condor Rapide
BBC

Powerful endorsements for island at Singapore seminar

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's expertise in supporting listings on the London Stock Exchange has boosted its status for attracting the migration of companies and funds, a Singapore audience has been told.

MPs criticise destroyer engines

BBC News UK

MPs in the UK have criticised the design of Type 45 destroyers - such as the Guernsey-affiliated warship HMS Daring - for not being able to cope in hot climates.

The Defence Select Committee attacked the MoD for the "extraordinary mistakes" in the design of the destroyers after it emerged they had faulty engines unable to operate continuously in warm waters.

HMS Daring
BBC

The six £1bn ships face a refit, with a new diesel generator likely to be installed in each one.

Hester made patron of British Dressage

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Sark's Carl Hester has been appointed the first ever Honorary Patron of British Dressage 

The announcement was made at the sport's national convention at the weekend.

The position recognises Carl Hester's work in promoting dressage as a sport. The announcement that he'd agreed to accept it was greeted by a loud cheer from participants at the convention.

Carl Hester
PA
The British riders, Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin celebrate winning Team Dressage gold at London 2012

Are you satisfied with Condor?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

This graph shows the customer satisfaction levels recorded by Condor compared with the "actual reliability and punctuality levels".

You can see big dips in satisfaction in March 2015 - when the Liberation was launched - and again at the start of this year.

It does appear to have picked up considerably over the summer though.

Graph from report
Condor Ferries

This is the conclusion the ferry operator drew...

Customer satisfaction is significantly influenced by circumstances outside Condor’s control as well as by operational matters such as the difficulties associated with the introduction of Condor Liberation and the installation of scrubbers in 2015. Recovery is being seen in 2016."

Condor Review

Storm... what storm?

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Chris for this picture taken in Guernsey this morning.

You wouldn't know the island had been hit by storm-force winds overnight looking at this scene.

Little Russel
BBC

Don't forget, you can become a BBC Weather Watcher too!

Services meet critical needs – Condor review

Guernsey Press

Condor's services meet the two critical needs as laid down in its agreements with Jersey and Guernsey, its first comprehensive service review has found.

Man 'pushed boy into a hedge after shouting profanities'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are looking for witnesses of an incident where a man "shouted profanities" at a 12-year-old boy before pushing him into a hedge.

The boy was cycling to school at about 08:15 on Friday 11 November when the man started "swearing at him to get off his bicycle".

The offender is described as being in his 30s, with a stocky build and bald head. He was wearing light coloured joggers and a large, dark coloured woolen jumper and is believed to live in the area of Les Genats Estate.

Anyone who has any information can call the police station on 01481 725111 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

Inquiry panel comments on delay to report

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

We reported earlier on the delay to the release of the care inquiry report and now the panel has released this statement:

The Panel Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is progressing with the drafting of its report into the abuse of children in Jersey's care system over many years. It confirms that the report will be published during the first quarter of 2017 and not at the end of 2016 as previously published. Further information in respect of the publication will be provided in the New Year."

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

Public inquiry into Tamba Park extension

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There will be a public inquiry into a scheme to expand Tamba Park on protected land in St Mary and St Lawrence. 

The owner has applied to demolish glasshouses to build a leisure and activity centre and construct 15 homes.

Environment Minister Deputy Steve Luce says the application is a departure from planning policy and there's sufficient public interest to hold an inquiry.

A rendering of the new extension
TAMBA PARK

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • The report into historic abuse in Jersey won't be published until at least next year, the BBC understands
  • There's no need to replace the Condor Liberation, according to a new report from the ferry operator
  • A points system could be introduced in Jersey to punish motorists breaking the speed limit

Guernsey

  • Condor says their Rapide ferry will be due for replacement in 2021
  • The Guernsey Met Office says the island was lucky to avoid the worst of last night's storms
  • Guernsey's emergency services says a road near La Mare De Carteret School has been closed due to a reported gas leak

Speed checks for Road Safety Awareness

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Speed checks will be in place throughout all parishes in Jersey this week. 

It comes as part of an anti speeding campaign lead by Jersey Police and Honorary Police for road safety awareness week. 

Drivers travelling over the speed limit will be stopped and fined.

A speed gun
Thinkstock

Strike could affect Gatwick travellers

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Travellers heading to Gatwick Airport today could be affected by industrial action.

A planned rail strike is taking place on Southern train services today and tomorrow which could impact on some people's journeys.

Train
BBC

Passengers are being warned to check before they travel and allow plenty of time to get to their destination.

Thameslink and the Gatwick Express are due to operate as normal.