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Summary

  1. Jersey taxi drivers threatening 'indefinite' strike action
  2. Jersey Police not taking action against base jumper off Havre Des Pas building
  3. Decision not to run a trial daily inter-island ferry service 'extremely foolish'
  4. Publication of Guernsey's strategic housing target review delayed
  5. Updates on Tuesday 30 May 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Enjoy your sunny evening across the islands!

Don't forget Spotlight for the Channel Islands on BBC One later today, when we'll have the latest on Jersey's taxi strike and an independent view on whether Guernsey's airport runway should be extended.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Latest weather: Dry and cloudy, but sunny spells on Wednesday

BBC Weather

It will be dry tonight but the cloud will thicken, with some mist and murk along the coast. Compared to recent nights it will also feel cooler and fresher. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will start rather cloudy and murky but through the day we should see some good sunny spells developing. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Mobile mast audit across the islands

BBC Radio Jersey

All mobile phone masts across the Channel Islands are being checked to make sure their emissions are within safe limits.

The Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities have set up the independent audit to make sure they meet international guidelines.

All masts complied with guidelines when they were last checked in 2013. The report will be published in September.

Majority of financial complaints 'outside of scope of ombudsman'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

About 86% of all recent cases taken on by the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman were outside of its mandate, set in law.

The CIFO has released performance statistics for the first three months of the year, which show 230 cases could not be dealt with.

Why? It could be the matter is being considered in court or the complainant may not have suffered any compensatable loss. There may also be multiple complaints about a single financial services provider, meaning it's out of scope.

Or, as in 90% of all "out of mandate" cases, the complaints related to "exempt financial services".

IoD ‘keen to support States with major issues’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey directors are keen to support the States in dealing with some of the major issues facing the island which impact on business.

States has 'nothing to add' on ferry service

BBC Radio Guernsey

A spokeswoman for Guernsey States' most senior committee, Policy and Resources, has said there's "nothing we want to add" after criticism from a deputy over a lack of support for a new inter-island ferry service.

The decision not to financially underwrite a new service was taken recently by two political committees and not subject to a States-wide vote.

Deputy Matt Fallaize suggested that all deputies should have a say on the matter.

Inquest concludes worker drowned

BBC Radio Jersey

An inquest has found a Polish farm worker may have fallen and drowned in the sea off Jersey.

Lukasz Czekanski had been in Jersey for two weeks when he died. His body was found on the beach at St Ouen's Bay by a dog walker on 18 January 2016.

An inquest concluded that the 34-year-old died from drowning, with some evidence to suggest he may have fallen.

Data reveals number of finance complaints

BBC Channel Islands News

The group that aims to resolve complaints about financial service providers in the Channel Islands has released its data for the first three months of 2017.

Some 313 complaints were recorded in the period by the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman, on top of it investigating an existing 246 cases.

The majority were closed - either through successful mediation, or, in the vast majority of cases, due to the complaint being outside the mandate of the CIFO.

Of the complaints, 57% came from the Channel Islands, 14% from the UK, and 29% from elsewhere.

Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman logo
CIFO

Missing bags reunited with owners in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Missing bags from British Airways and EasyJet flights from Gatwick have now been reunited with their Jersey owners, airport bosses say.

Jersey Airport said there was disruption at the airport on Monday due to fog, which did cause some delays to air services. However, it added that the majority of flights to and from the island did eventually operate, although later than planned.

Passengers who were caught up in earlier cancellations because of the BA computer failure either travelled on later flights or re-booked to travel today.

BA said it was continuing to work to get delayed bags to customers as quickly as possible and information on how to report and track delayed bags could be found on its website.

'Extend Guernsey runway' - aviation expert

BBC Channel Islands News

A leading independent aviation expert says Guernsey should extend its runway.

John Strickland advises airlines and airports around the world. He said it would lead to cheaper fares and increased visitor numbers.

In principle, plans to extend have been cleared for take off following the recent publication of the island's Policy and Resources Plan.

Base jumper 'broke no laws', say States police

Jersey Evening Post

An anonymous base jumper who parachuted from La Collette flats at the weekend did not break any laws, the States police have said.

Taxi strike: Minister wants equal fares

BBC Radio Jersey

For the first time in Jersey, rank and private cabs will have to charge the same price.

From July this year, there will be only three set fares. Private cabs can charge extra for a home pick-up but have to let people know what that is.

Deputy Eddie Noel, the minister responsible for Jersey's taxi system, said there would be a day, night and special holiday price, such as at Christmas.

He's due to meet drivers, who have threatened to strike tomorrow, later to talk about pay and working conditions.

Water report shows taste improvement

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

There were significantly fewer complaints from Guernsey Water customers about an earthy or musty taste last year compared to the year before, the utility says.

The findings have been released in its 2016 report.

In 2015, there was a spike in the number of complaints about the taste and odour of the island's drinking water, caused by algae dying off in reservoirs. There were 39 complaints then, but in 2016, Guernsey Water said it was was contacted just 28 times.

Water test
Guernsey Water

Jersey Tax Office cuts opening hours to the public

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Tax Office will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays until September.

The head of the department said it was so staff could cope with tax returns, which had to be handed in on Friday.

Its hours have already been reduced once this year, in January, after it was claimed that more and more people were dealing with their tax affairs online.

It will open from 09:00 until 14:00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, managers said. People would also still be able to get advice by phone or email, they added.

Committee projects delayed by 'lack of resources'

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

A review of the States of Guernsey's strategic housing target has been delayed due to the late publication of a review of the local housing market.

This and several other projects the Committee for Employment and Social Security is working on have also been delayed due to a lack of resources.

The committee was also due to report back on progress made to date on protecting women against discrimination. And a proposal of a secondary pensions system for Guernsey and Alderney has also been delayed nine months. This will now not come back before the States until September 2018.

In its recently-released policy and resource plan, the committee said it hadn't progressed various projects but intended to do so "when resources became available".

Jersey Police seeking assaults witnesses

BBC Radio Jersey

Two teenagers in Jersey were allegedly assaulted by a man while they were sitting on a bench at Liberation bus Station in St Helier.

Police said they were looking for witnesses after the boys were grabbed last Monday at about 10:38.

They said the suspect was a man in his mid-30s, who was wearing a grey hoodie and shorts.

Committee asks for £73m to build 800 social homes

Guernsey Press

Plans to build an additional 800 new social houses at a cost of £73.3m. have been unveiled by Employment & Social Security.

Fog-hit Guernsey passengers arrive

BBC Radio Guernsey

More than 1,000 Aurigny passengers faced disruption or cancellations to flights yesterday due to fog.

Some of them only returned back to Guernsey this lunchtime, arriving by boat on Condor's liberation vessel from Poole, after being put up overnight.

The government-owned airline said the weather forecast had originally shown the poor conditions to clear yesterday morning, but this did not happen, making it difficult to plan.

A spokesman for the airline said: "We apologise to all passengers for the inconvenience caused by the weather disruption."

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Latest weather: Are the blue skies to stay?

BBC Weather

Twenty-four hours ago, Guernsey was shrouded in fog, but it couldn't be more different this lunch time, where there was a blue sky over the north of the island.

Blue skies
BBC

But is the sunshine sticking around later today?

It will be dry tonight but the cloud will thicken, with some mist and murk along the coast. Compared to recent nights it will feel cooler, particularly in the north.

Guernsey

Guernsey weather forecast
BBC

Jersey

Weather
BBC

Guernsey water reaches 'high standard'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Reservoir
Guernsey Water

Guernsey's drinking water has reached a "high standard", according to the island utility's Quality Report for 2016.

The quality of supplies was rated as "excellent", with 99.91% of 6,866 tests meeting all UK and European Union standards, compared with 99.84% in 2015.

Our success is due to the collective technical expertise of our staff who cover all aspects of the science and engineering of the public water supply.”

Margaret McGuinnessWater Quality Risk Manager, Guernsey Water

Aurigny asks: Would having longer runway benefit the island?

Guernsey Press

Aurigny has questioned whether lengthening the runway would benefit the island.

Brexit 'concern' for finance industry

BBC Radio Jersey

An opposition politician has urged Jersey ministers to work closely with small jurisdictions to prevent Brexit having negatuve consequences for the islands.

Deputy Sam Mezec has been in Gibraltar for a meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

He said Gibraltar faces similar challenges to Jersey, and the two jurisdictions could support each other when it comes to securing passporting rights to do business with the EU.

Sam Mezec
BBC

That is obviously of huge concern here and the most worrying thing about it really is that we don't really know what's going to happen with Brexit."

Deputy Sam MezecReform Jersey

Deputies split over ferry decision

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

There's been a mixed reaction to the suggestion that all of Guernsey's politicians should have had a say on subsidising a proposed new inter-island ferry service.

The decision not to financially underwrite a new service was taken recently by two political committees and not subject to a States vote.

Deputy Matt Fallaize suggested that was wrong, given the importance of improving the island's travel links.

But not everyone has agreed.

Heidi Soulsby tweeted: "It should've just been agreed by Committees. Didn't need 40 people to debate it."

Race for Life runners raise £30,000 for cancer charity

Jersey Evening Post

A charity run which raises money for people suffering with more than 200 types of cancer raised £30,000 on Saturday.

'Door always open' to taxi drivers - minister

BBC Radio Jersey

The minister responsible for Jerseys taxi system has agreed to talk to taxi drivers ahead of a threatened strike tomorrow.

Drivers are unhappy about how minister Eddie Noel responded to their industrial action last week, by allowing private cab drivers to pick up their business and putting on extra buses.

They claimed he imposed a pay deal on them which would see them earning less money than before.

Deputy Noel said he wanted to work things out:

Hopefully we'll be able to arrange a meeting this afternoon with the Jersey Taxi Drivers Association, and, hopefully, they'll start to engage because my door has always been open."

Deputy Eddie NoelStates of Jersey
Jersey taxis
BBC

One million steps against diabetes

Guernsey Press

A grandmother is walking one million steps in three months to raise money for a worthy cause close to her heart.

Jersey deputy finds inspiration in Gibraltar

BBC Radio Jersey

A trip to Gibraltar has inspired a Jersey politician to start making changes in his own party.

Deputy Sam Mezec spent time with the governing Socialist Labour Party and said Reform Jersey could learn a lot from it.

The party has introduced free university tuition and student accommodation.

Deputy Mezec said he'd like to introduce some of its ideas and policies in Jersey ahead of next year's election.

Rock of Gibraltar
BBC

Guernsey causes benefit from marathon effort

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernseywoman Jodie London has raised £1,000 for two island causes after completing one of the toughest marathons in the world.

She recently finished the Great Wall Marathon - along the Great Wall of China - in temperatures of up to 37C (99F).

The money will go towards Les Bourgs Hospice and the Sarah Groves Foundation.

Marathon runner Jodie London
BBC

I've always doubted myself. Before I went I kept doubting myself, thinking that I couldn't do it. But I've done this, and I know that I can do anything, I can put my mind to now."

Jodie LondonMarathon runner

Jersey taxi drivers 'could strike indefinitely'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey taxis
BBC

The minister responsible for Jersey's taxi system has been asked to get back to the negotiating table, or face an indefinite strike.

Drivers are unhappy about how Deputy Eddie Noel responded to their industrial action last week. Private cab drivers picked up their business and extra buses were also put on.

Drivers have claimed he has imposed a pay deal on them which would see them earning less. Deputy Noel said the negotiations had dragged on for 18 months, and he had to make a settlement.

Deputies' input 'needed' on ferry

BBC Radio Guernsey

All of Guernsey's politicians should have had a say on subsidising a new inter-island ferry service, according to a senior deputy.

Matt Fallaize slammed the decision by the States' senior committee, Policy and Resources, and the Economic Development Committee for deciding against the idea on financial grounds.

He said it would have required only modest financial support, and that a debate should have been had in the States Chamber.

The States are one organisation and I just want to bang the heads together of the people who appear to have been unable to reach an agreement to get this service up and running."

Deputy Matt FallaizePresident, States Assembly and Constitution Committee

Innovation fund losses ‘not as bad as people expect’

Jersey Evening Post

The losses resulting from the Jersey Innovation Fund will ‘not be as bad’ as people might expect, the Chief Minister has said.

Latest weather: A sunnier afternoon on the way

BBC Weather

After a mostly cloudy start, some bright or sunny spells will develop today. The odd shower or two can't be ruled out for this afternoon but it will feel warm in any sunshine.

Guernsey weather forecast
BBC
Jersey weather forecast
BBC

Balloons released for Manchester victims

People gather in Jersey's Royal Square
BBC

Twenty-two balloons were released at a vigil in Jersey's Royal Square last night to remember those who died in the Manchester attack last week.

Each balloon had a heart shape message on it with the name of a person who lost their life when a suicide bomber targeted the Manchester Arena.

The Bailiff, the Dean of Jersey, and the leader of the Jersey Muslim community gave speeches at the event.

Van and pregnant woman 'in collision'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A pregnant woman pushing a buggy is believed to have been hit by a van in St Peter Port on Friday, police say.

The incident occurred at about 12:20 in Lefebvre Street.

Guernsey Police said a white vehicle was manoeuvring in the lower cobbled section of the road before it was believed to have collided with the woman.

She received medical treatment, but was later released with "no suggestion of lasting injuries or risk".

Witnesses have been asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Housing plan publishing delays in Guernsey

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

First-time buyers in Guernsey will have to wait to find out how the island's government plans to help them get on the property ladder.

A delay in the release of a review of local market housing has meant a report on a first-time buyers' scheme has also been pushed back.

The delays are being blamed on a lack of resources by the Employment and Social Security Committee.

Guernsey houses
BBC

'No action' against base jumper

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Police say they're not intending to take any legal action against someone who appeared to have base jumped off the top of a high-rise building at Havre Des Pas.

It comes after a video was posted online which showsedsomeone jumping from the top of La Collette flats with a parachute.

In response, officers said they were reminding people of the real dangers of such activities for both the person jumping and anyone nearby.

Taxi drivers could strike again

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey taxi drivers say they will go on strike from tomorrow unless the minister responsible agrees to more negotiations over their fare deal.

Representatives said drivers were angry at the way Deputy Eddie Noel handled the situation after they first took industrial action last week.

The drivers said Deputy Noel imposed a settlement on them of a fare increase of just under 5% while removing some of the extra charges they were allowed to make.

Deputy Noel previously said that drivers had been "reluctant" to embrace changes and that the current fares and tariff system was "too complicated" for the public.

Inter-island ferry refusal decision 'crazy'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Matt Fallaize
BBC

A senior Guernsey politician has criticised the decision not to support a new inter-island ferry service.

Deputy Matt Fallaize said that, had the matter been voted on in the States of Guernsey, politicians would have given financial backing to the trial service.

He said the States' senior committee, Policy and Resources, and the Economic Development Committee had collectively "torpedoed" the idea on financial grounds, something he described as a "crazy, ridiculous decision".

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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