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Summary

  1. Task force set up to tackle Jersey fly-tipping
  2. Jersey Water, which is part States-owned, increased it's profits by 4.4% in 2016
  3. "An economy in freefall" is how the president of Sark's Chamber of Commerce is describing the island
  4. There are fears sports facilities could be lost if a private investor takes over Fort Regent, as private investors are invited to bid
  5. Updates on Friday 24 March 2017

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

That's it for Local Live for the week but we're back from 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 tonight for all the latest headlines with  BBC Channel Islands News  .

Cruise ship passengers spent £4.2m in Guernsey last year

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cruise ship passengers spent £4.2m in Guernsey last year, the Committee for Economic Development has said.

A free seminar will take place from 07:30 to 09:30 on Monday to teach retailers how to make the most of cruise ship passengers visiting the island.

Cruise ship
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Deputy Jennifer Merrett, said: "Last year, more than 132,000 cruise ship passengers disembarked in Guernsey and spent a total of £4.2 million on the Island, including £3.55 million on retail, food, and drink.

"As we enter this year’s cruise season, we want to make sure retailers, not just in Town but across the Island, can take full advantage of the opportunities presented by this valuable market."

Only one nomination for Sark elections

BBC Radio Guernsey

Only one person was nominated in the Sark election for two seats in the island's government - Chief Pleas.

The election - due to be held on 5 April - was being held for five empty seats. It follows an uncontested election due to a lack of  candidates in December.

As nominations closed at 14:00 the only nominee - Pauline Mallinson - will serve a term of office until January 2021.

Conseiller Charles Maitland said: "Possible next steps... [include] reducing the number of conseillers to a more feasible number for such a small population."

He said work on any such change was in the early stages and the island's 500-strong population would have to be consulted before any changes were made.

Guernsey stamp wins European accolade

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

No applicatons for Miss St Peter

BBC Radio Jersey

The annual Miss St Peter competition has been cancelled this year. 

Battle of the Flowers
BBC

The parish had no applications for the role to represent the parish at the annual Battle of Flowers event

Parish Constable John Refault says he will ask the current Miss St Peter to stay on for another year, and believes it may be a sign of the times. 

Lifeboat crew train with new UK coastguard helicopter

Guernsey Press

A new c oastguard helicopter from the UK was the focus of a training exercise in Guernsey yesterday evening.

Man admits robbing St Helier shopkeeper

BBC Radio Jersey

A 32-year-old Polish man has admitted to robbing a St Helier shopkeeper in Jersey's Samedi Court. 

Pawel Dzielak pleaded guilty to one offence of robbery and threatening to use force in relation to the robbery on 5 January at Temple Stores on Stopford Road. 

Dzielak was remanded to custody and is to return to Royal Court to face sentencing on 24 May.

Weather: Mostly sunny with high winds

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will be rather cloudy and misty this evening, with perhaps some drizzle in places. However, it will become dry with clearing skies as the night progresses.

A brisk north-easterly breeze will help hold temperatures up overnight. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather
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Tomorrow will be fine and dry with good spells of sunshine for many.

However, it will be a windy day, with a strong and gusty north-easterly wind, which will make it feel rather cool. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Armed police in St Clement

Jersey Evening Post

Armed police were called to an estate in St Clement on Wednesday evening after being alerted to an incident by the Ambulance Service.

Jersey Reds set for Irish invasion

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon has  named his squad  for Saturday's clash against runaway Championship leaders London Irish.

Dave McKern
BBC Sport

Irish, who have won all of their league games this season, are expected to bring about 1,000 fans with them to the island.

Jersey, meanwhile, are on their own eight-game winning-streak and have hopes of sneaking into the play-offs.

Head coach Harvey Biljon re-calls lock Dave McKern, scrum-half Joel Dudley, centre Jordan Davies and winger Ross Adair to his starting line-up.

There'll be live commentary of the match on Saturday Sportscene on BBC Radio Jersey.

Cruise ship seminar for retailers

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A free seminar on Monday will teach retailers how to make the most of Guernsey's cruise ship industry.

Visit Guernsey’s cruise ship team will share key information about passenger profiles, trends, and itineraries, and to suggest ways that retailers can encourage cruise passengers to spend in their shops.

Cruise ship
BBC

Deputy Jennifer Merrett, the Committee for Economic Development’s lead representative for retail and hospitality, said: "The disembarkation of thousands of cruise ship passengers to our shores each year presents an excellent opportunity for retailers who wish to benefit from additional customers."

Calls for Innovation Fund reviews to be made public

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

There are calls for the reviews into how the Innovation Fund was handled to be made public.

The scheme, which loaned taxpayers' money to businesses, was the subject of a damning report last month.

Innovation fund
PA

It was criticised for potentially losing millions of pounds and may have been linked to criminal activity.

It's now being investigated by the police.

Deputy Simon Bree who chairs the economic development scrutiny panel says they've been told results of all three reviews into the fund may not be made public.

Scepticism over direct Sark ferry from France

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sark resident, photographer, and writer Sue Daly is sceptical about a direct ferry service to the island.

Tony Le Lievre, President of Sark's Chamber of Commerce, is renewing calls for the island to have its own customs post.

Sark
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Ms Daly said: "Who are all these businesses coming from France? Yes we're relatively close to France but we're close to a very under-populated area of France.

"There's also a very big expanse of water and I know that Manche-Iles run a day boat from Jersey some days in the summer, but they do have to cancel a number of times in the season because of weather making it impossible for them to comfortably get here and Jersey's what, half the distance from France."

Nearly half of single parents not getting support from former partners

BBC Radio Jersey

Nearly half of single parents on income support aren't getting payments from their former partners. 

Single parent
PA

Politicians at a health and social security scrutiny meeting have questioned whether more could be done to get money from those parents who aren't paying up. 

The social security department has been asked whether it would be viable to employ someone to pursue those parents who aren't contributing to their child's upbringing.

Musical Red Nose Day bus service

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A special Red Nose Day bus is being run in Guernsey today.

Sons of a Maniac performed from 11am, Gregory Harrison was on at 13:00 and Ukuladeez are playing at 17:00.

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'No plans' to sell Fort Regent to private investor

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

There are no plans to let a private company run Fort Regent according to the politician responsible for sport. 

A scrutiny panel raised fears sports facilities could be lost if a private investor got involved. 

Fort Regent
States of Jersey

Constable Steve Pallett says that's not the case but instead wants to see if private investors would refurbish the building. 

He told the BBC if that money couldn't be found, then the States would have to pay or the facilities move elsewhere

Social changes behind cancellation of Miss St Peter contest?

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The annual Miss St Peter competition has been cancelled this year as the parish had no applications for the role at the annual Battle of Flowers event. 

Battle of the Flowers
BBC

Parish Constable John Refault said: "One has to wonder whether now the appetite for putting themselves forward for this sort of judging and show is still there. 

"Social politics may have changed where people don't consider it so appropriate now as it used to be."

UK’s corporation tax change ‘could be significant for local companies’

Guernsey Press

HM Revenue and Customs has published a consultation document on how it plans to bring ‘non-UK resident companies’ within the scope of the UK’s corporation tax regime.

JT delays charge for paper bills for customers aged 67 and over

BBC Radio Jersey

The phone company JT has delayed its £1.25 charge for paper bills for some customers. 

If you are over the age of 67 with only a landline and no broadband, the charges won't come in until 2019. 

There were protests from customers, campaigners and politicians when the company announced the charges to encourage payment by direct debit. 

JT boss Graeme Miller told BBC Radio Jersey's Hot Seat programme he's listened to the comments but still thinks people benefit by paying online

'Long term sport strategy' being looked at

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

There are no plans to let a private company run Fort Regent according to the politician responsible for sport. 

A scrutiny panel raised fears sports facilities could be lost if a private investor got involved. 

Pallett
BBC

Constable Steve Pallett said: "Whether they are always located at the fort is a question that will come out of, for example, the long term sports strategy that we're looking at now, looking at the facilities and looking at what we can offer sport over a longer period.

"We have to have a strategy that says what's going to be available over the next 25 years, what we need to invest in, what we need to maintain, what we need to replace, and that's a piece of work we're doing at the moment."

Direct Sark boat 'obvious'

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of Sark's Chamber of Commerce has said for Sark to have its own customs post, so that visitors from can arrive by boat directly, is an "obvious" answer.

Tony Le Lievre is describing the island's economy as in "freefall", with only two hotels open. He says getting tourists to sail directly to Sark is one potential solution.

Sark
BBC

He said: "It's an answer that's fairly obvious in our opinion.

"I'm sure we could do more with what we've actually got, we could improve the visitor experience.

"I think we suffer like all the other islands do as far as our transport links are concerned. But sadly that is something that we all have to live with and make an attempt to improve on."

First phase of St Sampson's drainage project completed

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Water has completed the first phase of its £2m project to help improve drainage around St Sampson's Harbour.

The improvements should be in operation by the end of April.

St Sampson's Harbour
BBC

The multimillion-pound drainage system has been built to help provide effective sewer drainage and protect the environment and so the pumping station can handle greater flows of waste water.

This is the first of a four-stage project. Phases two and three will involve replacing the Vale Road sewer but work on that won't begin until the Autumn.

I have evidence of murder, says Syvret

Jersey Evening Post

Former Health Minister Stuart Syvret says he has  evidence of murder, rape, child abuse and corruption in the Island, but claims he has effectively been denied the right to make a formal statement to the States police.

Channel Islands join surfing body

James Law

BBC Sport Online

The Channel Islands Surfing Federation has been given membership to the International Surfing Federation, after their application was officially approved.

It means Jersey and Guernsey teams will be able to compete in world championship events, without having to qualify for the Great Britain squad.

"This can only be good for the sport here in the Channel Islands," said CISF president David Ferguson. "There has been a lot of hard work and collaboration between all of the different surf clubs both in Jersey and Guernsey to achieve membership of the ISA."

Jersey's squad for Muratti semi-final includes new call-ups

BBC Sport

Jersey's 17-man squad for tomorrow's Muratti semi-final in Alderney includes new call-ups for four under-18s. 

Goalkeeper Danny Birrell has been selected after his Man-of-the-match display last weekend against Guernsey. 

Luke Shirley, who turned 16 this week, has also been named in Martin Cassidy's squad. 

James Scott will captain Jersey. The winner will play Guernsey in the Muratti final in May.

Weekend sport: Big weekend in football

BBC Sport

It's a big weekend in Bailiwick football - Guernsey FC are away to Chatham Town in the Ryman South, and Alderney face Jersey in the Muratti semi-final tomorrow. 

Guernsey hockey men and women taking on Jersey in the inter-insulars.

In Rugby, Guernsey play Amersham and Chiltern away.

Full page advert urges islanders to oppose Population Management regime

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

An anonymous full page advertisement in the Guernsey Press yesterday urged islanders to oppose the new Population Management regime. 

The advert asked people to contact Deputies before next Wednesday to ask them to postpone or alter the law - which still needs final approval.  

Advert
BBC

The States of Guernsey is on the offensive to dispel what it calls "myths and misinformation" about the new law. It's expected to come into effect next month. 

Two States Committees have issued an information sheet which appears on gov.gg seeking to allay concerns about local and visiting workers' rights, and the affect of the new law on local businesses.  

Luke Watson: Jersey football captain quits island side

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey captain Luke Watson has told island manager Martin Cassidy he no longer wants to play for the side .

Jersey FA chief executive Neville Davidson told BBC Sport that Watson made the decision shortly after Cassidy replaced Brian Little as boss in July.

Luke Watson
BBC

Midfielder Watson was named man of the match in the last two Muratti finals, scoring the winning goal  last year.

"He told Martin he didn't want to be considered for any more representative games," Davidson said.

Channel Islands now member of International Surfing Federation

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Channel Islands application to gain membership to the International Surfing Association (ISA) has now been officially approved.

It entitles Channel Island teams to compete and be represented at every ISA-sanctioned world championship event across all disciplines - juniors, seniors and adaptive surfing.

Guernsey surfing
BBC

Members of every surf club in both Jersey and Guernsey will now have the opportunity to be selected for a Channel Island’s team, avoiding the previous need to qualify for the Great British Team.  

David Ferguson President of the Channel Islands Surfing Federation said this increases opportunities for local surfers from every discipline.

Dry with sunny spells later today

BBC Weather

It'll be dry with bright or sunny spells this afternoon. It will feel cool with a brisk north-easterly wind. 

The maximum temperature 12C (54F).

Jersey

Weather
BBC

Guernsey

Weather
BBC

'Little negative talk' on Sark

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Despite the President of Sark's Chamber of Commerce describing the island's economy as in "freefall", Sark Tourism says there is "little negative talk" on the island.

Lydia Bourne from Sark Tourism says there're lots of reasons to be optimistic.

Sark
BBC

"We're absolutely packed this year, we've got the festivals, we've got the sheep racing, we've got a lot of accommodation that's opened, we've got a huge amount of really beautiful places to stay and there's very little negative talk actually to be honest on the island of Sark."  

Man admits importing cannabis worth almost £1m to Jersey

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

A 29-year-old man from High Wycombe has pleaded guilty in Jersey's Royal Court to importing cannabis valued at almost £1m pounds. 

Cannabis
Reuters

Shane Lee Ray was charged with attempting to bring almost 60kg of cannabis resin into Jersey via Elizabeth Ferry Terminal on January 13 of this year. 

Ray has been remanded into custody and is to return to court for sentencing on 24 May.

Islanders fundraising for Comic Relief

BBC Radio Guernsey

Hedge veg money box stolen

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A money box from a hedge veg stall on Guernsey has been stolen.

Some time between 18:30 on Wednesday and 08:30 on Thursday a small blue money box was taken from Roselea Vinery, Route De Jerbourg, St Martins.  

If you have any information contact PC 196 Romeril at Guernsey Police on 01481 725111.

Savings will not derail Jersey education reform plans

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Education Department says savings it's being forced to make by the States won't derail its plans for reforms. 

It comes as the department sets out its priorities for the next two years. 

School
PA

Unions are welcoming improvements including extra training and less paperwork for teachers, but says teacher's mental well being should be a priority. 

Chief Education Officer Justin Donovan says the future is looking positive despite cost cutting.

Nurse at Brook is honoured with a national award

Jersey Evening Post

A nurse who has worked at Brook Jersey for 20 years has won a national Brook award for outstanding service to young people.

Four large hotels on Sark remain closed

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Allowing visitors to sail directly to Sark is one possible solution to help the island's struggling tourism sector. 

That's according to the President of the Sark's Chamber of Commerce. 

Sark
BBC

Tony Le Lievre is renewing calls for the island to have its own Customs Post, so that visitors can sail there directly. 

He claims ferry operator Manche-Iles is interested in bringing passengers directly from France, rather than from Jersey. 

Four large island hotels remain closed, while many businesses along Sark's main avenue are also shut. 

Brexit impact on Crown Dependencies will be 'significant'

BBC News UK

The consequences of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies will be "significant", a House of Lords committee has concluded.

The  European Union Committee report  has called on the government to ensure the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are "fully involved and engaged."

Brexit
BBC

It also urges Parliament to remember its "unique constitutional responsibilities" to all three.

The Crown Dependencies are not part of the European Union or the UK so did not vote in the 2016 referendum.

However, the islands have a constitutional relationship both with the UK and the EU.

Special musical bus route to mark Red Nose Day

BBC Radio Guernsey

Town Constable 'pleased' housing on gas site has been agreed

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

Jersey's Town Constable says he's pleased the application for housing at Gas Place has finally been agreed, because he can get on with his campaign to extend the Town Park.

Constable Simon Crowcroft was speaking after planning officials approved in principle a plan for 253 homes on the currently vacant site at Tunnell Street. 

Gas site
Google

He's been campaigning to extend the Town Park instead, and says now the application process has concluded States members will feel free to voice their opinions when it's debated at the next States sitting. 

Constable Crowcroft says it will also help with negotiations for buying the site to extend the park.