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Summary

  1. Faulty valve caused flight problem, investigation reveals
  2. States of Jersey accounts show £300m surplus for 2016
  3. Inter-island ferry row: Guernsey presidents should 'review positions'
  4. Guernsey should 'exploit' UK instability following election, says St Pier
  5. Gorst 'confident' Jersey can work with a new government
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 12 June

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 19:00 and 22:30.

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

Have a great weekend!

Clearance of Icart land could encourage biodiversity

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Fencing could be installed at Icart to allow seasonal grazing.

The Environmental and Infrastructure Committee is considering applying for planning permission to change the area near the public car park.

Currently the area is covered with brambles, bracken, gorse, blackthorn and a few pine trees, which means it supports only a few roosting and nesting birds.

Seasonal grazing would be used in a bid to improve the biodiversity.

A new public footpath would replace a privately-owned track previously used by the public.

Grazing and cutting will enable grassland to re-establish and bring with it a wealth of insects and a grassland flowers. These in turn will provide more food for insects and for both insect-eating and seed-eating birds. There is a chance that we may even see the re-appearance of the Greater Horseshoe Bat, which has not lived locally for a long time.

Jane GilmourBotanist, La Societe Guernesiaise

CAA concerns prompt medivac changes

BBC Radio Guernsey

A review of crew fatigue arrangements by the Civil Aviation Auhtority led to it withdrawing from an agreement allowing staff to be on standy to cover emergency call-outs to Alderney, the States of Guernsey has said.

Until recently Aurigny used eight sets of crews to cover the Alderney route including the medical evacuation service.

However, the withdrawal of the CAA agreement and staffing issues has meant the service has been impacted.

A States of Guernsey spokesman said steps are being taken to resolve the "temporary" staffing issues.

Unfortunately, it emerged this week that a range of staffing issues, including recruitment, sickness and pilot training, has led to insufficient crew numbers to provide the agreed level of out of hours cover."

Deputy Al BrouardChairman of the Alderney Liaison Group

Jersey sewer warning

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Islanders have been reminded that it is illegal to allow surface water to drain into the foul sewer network at private properties.

Excess water can lead to an overloading of sewer pipes during heavy rainfall, and can lead to pollution and "needless expense" of processing clean water at the Bellozanne treatment works.

The requirement to separate foul and surface waters was introduced by law in 1953. Any subsequent development must have separated foul and surface waters, excluding the latter from the foul water system.

Bellozanne sewage treatment
BBC

Dairy backs plan to help create new organic farm

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey Dairy is backing a planning application for a new cattle shed on a St Helier farm to help secure the future of the island’s supply of fresh organic milk.

Move to Dorniers for medevacs has 'taken time'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Ensuring medevacs can take place in Aurigny's move from Trislanders to Dornier 228s has been a long process, Guernsey's health and social care president said, while speaking on BBC Radio Guernsey on Monday.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby, whose committee is responsible for the service, said: "It's taken an awful lot of people's time actually within Health and Social Care to get it sorted out."

Aurigny Dornier 228
Jonathan Le Ray

There are issues over Alderney Ambulance not being able to lift people on to the Dorniers at one point and it's taken time, but we've been coordinating both Aurigny and the ambulance and had St John over in Alderney to ensure there is proper training to get people on and off the Dorniers and we've invested a few thousand pounds on basically like cherry picker things that lift people up.

Deputy Heidi SoulsbyPresident, Health and Social Care Committee

Chance to fly high for people with learning disabilities

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Sixteen Les Amis residents were given a chance to learn to fly over Jersey.

The charity, which provides housing and outreach for people with learning disabilities, worked with another charity - Helping Wings - to get the residents airborne on Wednesday.

Residents walking back from planes
Les Amis

For our residents, who already have so many barriers in life, these experiences mean so much to them.

Lauren CarrePR Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Les Amis
Getting into a plane
Les Amis

Although there were some nerves and apprehension prior to getting airborne, the happy smiling faces of all participants after their flights indicated that we succeeded in meeting our goal of sharing the exhilaration and fulfilment of flying with some of the disadvantaged and disabled in our community.

Sean MorvanTreasurer for Helping Wings

Meetings on 'managed re-alignment' of beach

BBC Radio Guernsey

People in Guernsey are being reminded about two meetings being held on Monday to explain plans to manage the beach, kiosk, and coastline at the east of L’Ancresse Bay.

Coastal engineer Greg Guthrie from dutch company Royal Haskoning will give the presentation at St Sampson’s High School at 16:00 and 19:30 on Monday 12 June.

The Environment and Infrastructure Committee said the plans will allow a semi natural beach to develop, increasing the recreational value of the area and providing a coastal defence for at least the next 50 years.

L'Ancresse Sea Wall
BBC

UK Coastguard and local boats among alternatives for Alderney medevacs

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

While Aurigny's medevac - medical evacuation - flights are being impacted by temporary staffing issues and the end of a Civil Aviation Authority concession, there are alternatives.

A States of Guernsey spokesman said "steps are being taken to resolve the temporary staffing issues" and "additional contingencies have also been put in place".

He says the following can be used if an out of hours crew is not available:

  • Marine Ambulance, the Flying Christine (undergoing maintenance until mid-June)
  • RNLI, Guernsey and Alderney lifeboats
  • UK Coastguard
  • French authorities
  • Private charter boats

In 2016 there were 66 medevacs from Alderney, with five of those being out of hours.

Alderney lifeboat
Tony Rive

Out-of-hours emergency medical flights affected by staff shortage

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Emergency medical flights from Alderney can not currently be guaranteed by Aurigny outside of normal airport opening hours.

Normally patients with an urgent need for medical services not available in the island are flown to Guernsey or Southampton.

However, the States of Guernsey - which is responsible for the service - said "temporary manpower issues" with Aurigny mean the "agreed level of cover out of hours" can not be provided.

In a statement the government said steps were being taken to resolve the situation.

Medical evacuation flight
BBC
The medevac flights were previously carried out by Trislanders, but with the retirement of the last one last week the service is now operated by Dornier 228s

BreakingAlderney medevac service cut back

Urgent medical flights from Alderney to Guernsey or Southampton can not currently be guaranteed outside of the normal airport opening hours.

Watson into semi-finals at Surbiton

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Heather Watson is through to the semi-finals of the Aegon Surbiton Trophy.

The British number two took a straight sets victory over British number nine Katy Dunne 6-1 7-6(6).

£10 million car registered in Guernsey

Jersey Evening Post

A bespoke Rolls-Royce, believed to be the most expensive new car ever sold, has been registered in Guernsey.

Understand constitutional position - island leaders

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

There will be a sense of relief among Jersey and Guernsey's governments after Theresa May announced she will form a government, with the support of "friends" the Democratic Unionist Party.

The prospect of a Labour-led coalition would have been unpalatable for many in the islands. Jeremy Corbyn has previously threatened to impose direct rule on Crown Dependencies because of their roles as low-tax centres, which he believes short change the UK taxpayer.

Earlier this year Labour unsuccessfully tried to force amendments to the Criminal Finances Bill in both the Commons and Lords seeking to impose greater financial transparency on the islands.

So it's no surprise both Guernsey and Jersey's governments have emphasised that all parties understand the constitutional relationship between the crown and the islands.

Senator Ian Gorst
BBC

It has been our consistent policy to develop strong relationships with members of parties across the political spectrum in the UK, particularly to ensure that they understand Jersey’s constitutional position and robust approach to tackling tax evasion and other forms of financial crime."

Senator Ian GorstJersey Chief Minister

Pay award of £500 a 'token gesture'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A £500 payment to 6,500 Jersey States staff announced today is only a "token gesture" says the Prospect union.

Bob King, the union’s negotiator, said: "This payment was not a bonus – it was a token gesture by the States to compensate for the lack of a pay increase for staff in 2015.

"Staff were refused an increase because of a ‘black hole’ in the States’ finances. However, this ‘black hole’ was recently found to be fictional."

Earlier the treasury minister said the award followed a better than expected set of accounts for 2016.

Sisters appeal after brother goes missing

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The sisters of a man missing in Jersey have travelled to the island in the hope of reaching out to their brother.

Irene and Christine have asked their brother, Andrew Gilchrist, known as Titch, to contact police.

Footage released by Jersey Police showed 49-year-old Gilchrist, who has been missing in Jersey for more than a week, shopping at Iceland at Le Quennevais Parade last Saturday afternoon.

In a statement sisters Irene and Christine said: "We are in Jersey until Sunday and we just want to know that you are safe and well. Please get in touch".

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Parties 'need to work together' on Brexit

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Chamber of Commerce hopes all parties in the UK government "will constructively work together on negotiating Brexit".

President Martyn Dorey said: "Purely from a business perspective, the incoming government, when it is formed, must focus on fiscal discipline and managing the overall levels of risk and uncertainty in the economy to allow businesses to flourish and grow.

"The UK needs leadership and unity, and Guernsey business stands ready to be part of the Brexit discussions, whatever the make of the UK government that is formed."

Details on secondary pension scheme should be out next year

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Proposals for a secondary state pension scheme should go before the States of Guernsey next year.

Discussed in 2016 the scheme is a bid to encourage the population to invest in their future through more pension savings.

The Committee for Employment and Social Security is also inviting pension providers to tender for the scheme.

Deputy Michelle Le Clerc, committee president, said they wanted to find out about the level of interest from providers and further details on the technical specifications.

Jersey tourist numbers rise

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey aerial shot
BBC

More people visited Jersey for a holiday between January and April this year, compared to the same period in 2016.

There was a 19% rise in staying holidaymakers.

A spokesperson from Visit Jersey said 78,000 people chose Jersey for a holiday break during the first four months of the year.

Strong and stable? Head to Guernsey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

That's the message being punted by the leader of the island's government, Deputy Gavin St Pier, this morning.

"Guernsey stands out as a jurisdiction of economic and political calm in world of uncertainty," he said.

It was a similar message a year ago, following the Brexit vote. The island is neither in the EU, nor does it have any ties to UK political parties.

It's difficult to know how the island's economy has done since the vote on EU membership, as the latest GDP figures are only available for 2015. The government has said many economic indicators point to an improvement.

Guernsey by air
BBC

PAC has States accounts concerns

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has renewed concerns about the way the island's government produces accounts.

The PAC said "antiquated systems and processes" used by States departments produce accounts which are "not as timely". The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) has also flagged concerns previously.

The PAC is worried about a lack of comprehensive reporting of performance in the annual report alongside the accounts.

It is, however, content with current financial performance because of a government under spend and strong investment performance.

The PAC will continue to hold the treasurer to account and robustly scrutinise the implementation of its, and the C&AG’s recommendations.”

Deputy Andrew LewisChairman, Public Accounts Committee

'Faulty valve caused flight problem'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

An air accident investigation has found an emergency descent on a Flybe flight between Manchester and Jersey on 8 December 2016 was caused by a faulty valve.

The scheduled flight was cruising at 25,000ft when there was a loss in cabin pressure, leading the aircraft to carry out an emergency descent to 10,000ft.

The aircraft crew obtained air traffic control clearance to continue the flight to Jersey at that altitude, before the aircraft landed safely in Jersey.

The AAIB report said: "The loss of pressurisation was caused by a faulty outflow valve, which was replaced and the aircraft returned to service."

Chalmers eyes 400m record

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey sprinter Cameron Chalmers is eyeing a 400m Island Games record in Gotland.

He ran 45.71 in May to break the Guernsey record over the distance, and now has his sights set on breaking the games record, held by fellow Sarnian Dale Garland, who clocked 46.70 in 2007.

"Obviously I want to win it, and I want to break the Island Games record for the 400m," he said.

Icart land could be restored to grazing land

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

States-owned land at Icart could be restored to dry grassland.

Planning approval would be needed for the changes to the area by the public car park, much of which is overgrown with bracken and gorse.

The plans are supported by the Guernsey Biological Records Centre and La Societe Guernesiase.

Icart cliff paths
BBC
The plans include a new public footpath

Dry grassland is a locally rare habitat and one which supports a wide range of plants, insects and birds. As such the committee is currently considering the proposals and is keen to hear from residents and other members of the public.

Deputy Mark DoreyVice President of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure

Deputy Dorey confirmed there were no plans to fell healthy trees in the are, but dead wood and damaged trees are likely to be removed.

Money for changes would come from money ring-fenced for an environmental offset required in relation to the Airport Pavement Project.

Pay award an 'insulting bribe'

BBC Radio Jersey

A £500 pay award for States of Jersey workers has been described as an "insulting bribe" by a deputy.

Geoff Southern says the pay increase, which has been given to 6,500 workers, is an "imposition" that has failed to keep pace with a rise in the cost of living.

Treasury and Resources Minister Senator Alan Maclean said the increase was a reward for the public sector following "strong investments" and the effects of a weak pound having a positive effect on public finances.

Deputy Geoff Southern
BBC

They're proposing a four-year pay deal, it'll be a pay imposition again in which the workers will lose another 8.5%, a 15% drop in wages relative to 2009. That's what they're proposing, and £500 quite frankly, is an insulting bribe."

Deputy Geoff Southern

CCTV shows missing man

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Footage shows 49-year-old Andrew Gilchrist, who's been missing in Jersey for more than a week, shopping at Iceland at Le Quennevais Parade last Saturday afternoon.

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Jersey Police now believe Mr Gilchrist is somewhere in the west of the island.

They're asking property owners living in the western parishes to check their sheds and outhouses in case Mr Gilchrist has taken shelter there.

Police are urging him to get in touch with them.

45th Air Rally will bring 'economic boost'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Plane at Guernsey Vintage Air Rally
BBC

Pilots and passengers from as far away as Sweden, Germany, and France are due to bring about £12,000 to Guernsey's economy this weekend, according to organisers of the 45th Guernsey Air Rally.

Rally Director Gary Elson said he hopes the event will showcase the beauty and convenience of flying in and around the Channel Islands.

He wants them to make Guernsey a regular stop on their flights to and from Europe or the UK.

Light industry land should be 'away from residential areas'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Following a States Assembly meeting in Guernsey yesterday, the Economic Development Committee will now go away to identify the most "appropriate" sites for light industry.

Tenants at the States-owned Fontaine Vinery site, in St Sampson, will be allowed to stay there until six months after the committee's findings are presented.

Deputy Laurie Queripel, said the site should be as far away from residential areas as possible.

Ideally I'd say Longue Hougue because of the nature of these businesses, because they can be noisy and dirty, with lots of early morning starts. I think you need to remove the site or sites as far away as possible from residential areas and residential units, but I think any of the four sites that were put forward are fairly suitable.

Deputy Laurie Queripel

The sites earmarked for use by light industry in Guernsey are the Mont Crevelt/Longue Hougue reclamation site, Griffith's Yard, parts of the Brickfield House site and Pitronnerie Road.

States workers recieved £500 'pay award'

BBC Radio Jersey

Six and a half thousand Jersey states workers have been given a "pay award" of £500 each, after the island made far more money last year than expected.

The accounts for last year show the states made £300m more than they spent. The States said the increase came from "strong investments" and the effects of a weak pound.

The Treasury and Resources Minister Senator Alan Maclean said the strong increase could not have been predicted - and he does not want to spend large amounts of it, but that public workers were rewarded.

money
Getty Images

What we've said is, we've done better in 2016 than anticipated, and we're going to take a small amount of that money, £3.2m, and give a non-consolidated pay award, that's for the qualifying individuals around £500.

Senator Alan MacleanJersey's Treasury and Resources Minister

Guernsey Finance boss says Brexit will provide 'opportunities' post election

BBC Radio Guernsey

The chief executive officer of Guernsey Finance, Dominic Wheatley has said despite uncertainty in Britain following the general election, the coming Brexit negotiations will provide opportunities for Guernsey.

There is a possibility for our relationship and our access to the UK market to improve significantly in a way that wasn't possible when they were within the EU. And of course we still have very strong market potential in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dominic WheatleyCEO, Guernsey Finance

Championship fixtures: Jersey home to Doncaster in opener

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds will start the 2017-18 Championship season at home against Doncaster Knights on the first weekend of September.

The fixtures have been released today, with the Reds due to travel away to newcomers Hartpury College the following week.

The Christmas weekend sees Harvey Biljon's side welcome Hartpury to St Peter, while the campaign will end away against Knights on Saturday, 28 April 2018.

Jersey run out
Sue Armes

New charity to support LGBT young people

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's principal youth officer has said a new charity set up for young people will support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

The charity, Jersey Support Youth aims to improve the lives of young people in the island.

JSY logo
Jersey Support Youth

We've got two LGBT groups meeting, we've got in the region 25 young people plus now that are attending. We need to develop this work because some of those young people really have some emotional health and well-being issues. We need to work with and support them, but also give them a safe space with other like minded young people.

Mark CapernPrincipal youth officer, Jersey

Guernsey sprinter reveals gold ambition

BBC Radio Guernsey

British university 400m champion Cameron Chalmers hopes to win three gold medals for Guernsey at this month's Island Games in Gotland.

The 20-year-old will look to defend his 400m individual and relay titles from two years ago, and also seems set to compete in the 4x100m relay.

"Everything I run in I want to win gold," he told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"There could potentially be some really fast Cayman Island sprinters out there, but you don't go into a race aiming for silver."

Cameron Chalmers
Getty Images

£700,000 spend ‘an insult to staff’

Jersey Evening Post

Spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on internal communications is "an insult to staff", "disproportionate" and an "outrage", a union leader has said.

Guernsey should 'exploit' UK instability following election, says St Pier

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey faces an "economic headwind" following the general election, according to the President of the Policy and Resources Committee Deputy Gavin St Pier.

Deputy St Pier said there is work to be done to talk to Westminster MPs about the island's unique political and economic position.

He also said that Guernsey should "exploit" the financial instability following last night's election result.

As a year ago, immediately after the EU referendum, Guernsey stands out this morning as a jurisdiction of economic and political calm in a world of uncertainty. That is an opportunity for us to exploit and one which our promotional agencies – in particular Locate Guernsey and Guernsey Finance – will not let pass.”

Deputy Gavin St PierPresident of the Policy and Resources Committee, States of Guernsey

Chamber of Commerce calls on States to maintain 'open communication' with UK

Rob England

BBC News Online

The "speedy" formation of a new UK government is key to allow the island's external relations team to continue Brexit discussions "on behalf of the island's business", warns the president of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Eliot Lincoln.

Mr Lincoln said: "We have been closely monitoring Brexit developments over the last 12 months, as new trade deals, tariffs and the free movement of people have been debated during early stage discussions.

"These are all proposals that could have a considerable impact on island businesses. It is, therefore, imperative that once a UK government is formed, Jersey’s chief minister engages in immediate and regular talks, to ensure that Jersey is at the forefront of UK EU Brexit negotiations."

The UK is facing a hung Parliament following last nights election:

election
BBC

Sarah Groves accused admitted to hospital

Guernsey Press

A judge has ordered that the man accused of murdering Sarah Groves be admitted to hospital for 'counselling'.

Jersey Sport logo revealed

BBC Radio Jersey

A logo inspired by the Jersey flag will represent the island's sporting community, according to the new body.

The brand has been unveiled at the official launch of the new body for sport, which is taking over responsibility from the States.

The design makes the red cross, the saltire, look like a moving person.

The Chief Officer of Jersey Sport Catriona Mc Allister said it combines the island's identity with the spirit of activity.

Jersey Sport logo
Jersey Sport

Firefighters tackle third barbecue blaze in a week

Jersey Evening Post

An Islander avoided a potentially serious garden blaze after his gas barbecue caught fire.